Welcome to the only Southern African Holistic website, where you will find the truth behind the myths and correct definitions of all Functional Medical Illneses, that are attached/conneced with the chronic illness - Fibromyalgia,. The Support and Education Network is asccredited by the American College of Rheumatology since 1997.
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE illness, as opposed to SCIENTIFIC ORGANIC MEDICINE, (which requires visible diagnostic evidence to diagnose illnesses) with the pain and dysfunctions beginning IN THE CNS AND ANS- (the Involuntary Nervous System) of the brain- allowing for the DYSFUNCTION OF ALL THE BRAIN AND BODY SYSTEMS, which, in turn, allows for non-cognitive brain function,' brain fog', widespread musculoskeletal aches,with Trigger Point and Myofascial Muscles pain, which at its worst, is CALLED BY Professor Majib Ali, (Integrative medical enodocrinoligist, pain researcher, and holistic professor USA,), 'THE MURDEROUS PAIN'- with morning stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome, ADRENAL FATIGUE, sleep disturbances, et al(see SYMPTOMS). The most common sites of pain include the neck, back, shoulders, pelvic girdle, inside of knees, hands and feet, but any body part can be affected, as every system of the brain + the 2nd brain=The Enteric Nervous System,(situated in the base of Immune System of body and is resposinble for re-uptake to BRAIN of Tryprophan, Serotonin and Melotonin Hormones), is unable to fulfil its' duties, thus dysfunctioning both BRAIN AND BODY SYSTEMS. FM is called a SILENT/INVISIBLE DISEASE AS IT DOES NOT MEET THE MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS NEEDED TO DIAGOSE IE NO RADIOLOGICAL/BLOOD TESTING AS YET, IRREGULARITIES. GENETIC MARKERS ON BLOOD TESTING IS VERY EXPENSIVE AND UNNECESSARY AS PRIMARY FIBROMYALGIA IS AN HEREDITARY AND GFAMILIAL ILLNESS IE, all sufferers are born with the famililiar, hereditary and pre-disposed genetics to fibromyalgia illness. When enough PHYSICAL/+ EMOTIONAL TRAUMA, STRESS + DISTRESS ( INCORRECTLY CONSIDERED ALWAYS AS 'CLINICAL DEPRESSION'). The 'unravelling' of the CNS +ANS begins to slowly allow one to 'be aware of many, many 'symptoms', resulting in full-blown fibromyalgia FLARE-UPS, dysfunctioning all brain and internal body systems, disturbing and escalating pain. Fibromyalgia is not a DREADED disease but is CHRONIC, and can become, with a multi-disciplined approach to this illness, ACUTE and allow the sufferer go into REMISSION , with patients' understanding of the ' team work and SELF-work that lies ahead'. Fibromyalgia patients experience a range of symptoms of varying intensities that wax and wane over time. Remission is the attainable goal when both patient and Consultant + team work with 'shared responsiblity' towards WELLNESS with an HOLISTIC, RE- FUNCTIONAL EDUCATIVE PROGRAMME. FM SHOULD NOT BE A PROGRESSIVE/REGRESSIVE DISEASE - HOWEVER, IF LEFT UNATENDED OR IS TREATED INCORRECTLY, all symptoms and effects, without HALTING THE CAUSATIVES, FM most certainly worstens, both physiologically and emotionally.
There is NO CURE FOR FIBROMYALGIA - THERE IS, WITH A FUNCTIONAL MEDICAL, INTEGRATIVE HOLISTIC APPROACH, THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE BOTH PRE AND CO-EXISTING PATTERNS OF HABITUAL BEHAVIOURAL, SELF VICTIMISATION, CORRECTING MELATONIN ABSENCE SO THAT SLOWLY ONE BEGINS TO GET RESTORATIVE SLEEP ANS NOT FEEL SO FATIGUED ETC, AS WELL AS HAVING BOTH PRE AND CO-EXISTING PHYSIOLOGICAL CONDITIONS ATTENDED TO SUPPORTIVELY AND CORRECTLY, WITH CHOICES AND COMMITMENT TO ONE'S OWN HEALTH FOR ONE'S OWN SAKE, TO ATTAIN WELLNESS WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF FM. Life changes made for oneself, WORK - made for THE SAKE OF 'anyone else', there is less chance of achieving the goal -ie- to become a fibromyagia SURVIVOR. Many patients are fibromyalgia SURVIVORS! This website is dedicated to all who are suffering the dirth of FM, ME/CFS, Adrenal Fatigue, TTT, and are not able to have this INVISIBLE ILLNESS + CONSTANT PAIN THAT CANNOT BE SEEN NOR QUANTIFIED until you perhaps find new paths and roads to travel within these pages.
I invite all visitors to look around my WHOLE website for more information and REAL HELP for all sufferers of Fibromyalgia- TO BECOME NEWLY AWARE AND INFORMED. This site is written to assist the SUFFERERS TO BECOME VICTORS OVER THIS and the adjoining ILLNESSES IN ITS ENTIRITY. It is also written for those who love their known 'sufferer' enough, to pass this informion on to those who have not yet read the contentent herein. All pages hold copyright and are thoroughly researched.
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I am Sharon Levin. I have been in remission for 18 years after being ACTIVELY ill with FM + CFS + ADRENAL FATIGUE the previous 20 years. I worked really hard, and still do, with THE INTENTION TO REGAIN MY HEALTH taiking the 'ROADS LESS TRAVELLED' to stay ahead of FIBROMYALGIA, and all its awful repercussions/ I'm hoping that whoever reads this site will be encouraged to take up the challenge and be able to look forward to a future of wellness. I am a healthcare consultant+clinical nutritionist and counsellor of all pertaining to dysfunctional conditions. The challenges are difficult, but when met and understood, the rewards are enormous within the framework of the conditon.
I now teach what I have learned. and still learn. (SEE ABOUT SHARON LEVIN). I still continue studying for my and your sakes and am most prilvilaged to be part of REAL 'peer'- research and empower myself through seminars, courses, distance/closed learning studies etc that will empower us all to do better for ourselves each day. I continue to follow the programmes daily to keep Fibromyalgia, Cfs, ME-Cfids, and Adrenal Fatigue, 'out of bounds', determined never to return to the darkness of active illnesses. This is MY RESPONSIBILITY AS I HOPE WILL BECOME YOURS TOO.
I would love to hear from you. I practice what I had/have to learn to 'find whom I had lost', both in JHB and KZN. Feel free to make an appointment with me (see CONSULTATIONS), and just to be HEARD.
I send great hope and support and empathy to all who suffer with FM and the above-related illnesses.
May bright light shine down upon all who read these pages, with hope.
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Every year, May 12th is International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, commemorating the birthdate of the great nurse, Florence Nightingale, who was the 1st known person with Fibromyalgia. She spent, after the horrors of the Crimean War, the rest of her life writing diaries, in total seclusion, agarophobic, a social phobic, alone, racked with pain, after the horrors she encountered on and off battlefields, traumatised by the passion she had for nursing the sick. She would not want her lessons to go unvalidated, and reteated. Thus she remains my inspiration.
We pay homage to this Great Lady With The Lamp, and thus, on May 12th, should wear a YELLOW RIBBON in solidarity with all who still suffer from this chronic illness, For me, that LIGHT FROM THE LAMP remains the SHINING LIGHT THAT I HOPE WILL GUIDE EVERYONE THROUGH THE PAGES OF THIS HOLISTIC SITE.
WEAR A YELLOW RIBBON/YELLOW CLOTHING/HAVE YELLOW CHAMOMILE TEA WITH A FIREND ON THAT DAY, TO COMMERORATE FM AWARENESS.
I GENERALLY TALK ON RADIO 702/SAfm/GOOD HOPE RADIO AND LOOK OUT FOR MANY MAGAZINE PERIODICAL ARTICLES/NEWSPAPER ARTICLES FOR FURTHER NATIONAL AWARENESS. I AM HUMBLED AND PRIVILAGED TO BE INTERVIEWED OFTEN FOR PUBLIC AWARENESS OF FM AND ALL OTHER ATTACHED ILLNESSES.