Sunday, September 09, 2012

The human condition

I wanna explain why I'm photographing less.
I have a painful condition. It may be "fibromyalgia", according to one doctor. Or it may not. In any case, it's a big pain, sort of unfocused, but often overwhelming. I've had it for many years, but it has come to a head in recent years, and it sucks up 90% of my energy, so I barely have the strength to do my work and a bit of blogging (a lot of that goes to
It sucks, but the Universe has a plan for everything and everybody, so we'll just have to see where things go. It's all okay.


Jan said...

Sorry to hear that, Eolake. I hope it turns out to be something else, something specific that you can easily be fixed.

For example if you're taking statins, you may experience muscle pain due to them blocking Coq10 production... and in that case stopping the statins or taking Coq10 supplements may help you get rid of that pain.

dave_at_efi said...

Callahan's Law (also known as the Law of Conservation of Pain and Joy): "Shared pain is lessened; shared joy, increased—thus do we refute entropy."

Know that there are a lot of us who would gladly exchange some of your pain to give some joy to you.

The Dissonance said...

Hang tough Eolake. We're pulling for you.

Andrew said...

If it's sapping a lot of energy, I know the feeling. ME/CFS is diagnosed by process of elimination since there's no specific test for it, but you might want to see if that's the problem. Also has symptoms that are somewhat similar to fybromyalgia, so...

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thank you guys.

One starts from where one finds oneself.
(Old Chinese saying that I made.)

Anonymous said...

Stop eating wheat! Whole grain or otherwise!

It's a start in the right direction.

And good luck!

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thanks, I'll look into that.

Anonymous said...

If I may be of advise try acupuncture for your painfull complain!


Ken said...

From livestrong "Refined and unrefined grains seem to make fibromyalgia symptoms worse in some patients." is the ultimate copout. They have no evidence that it is caused by wheat.

Dealing with something similar, all I can suggest is avoid triggers, although it can be hard to work out what they are. I suspect a lot of the time it is viral, but I know in my case it is moulds. Make sure that you do things but don't overdo them. This area of medicine has more quacks than almost anything but cancer. Good luck.

ttl said...

Isn't it fantastic that there's this mechanism for the Higher Self to grab our attention when our direction is misaligned with our true will.

Now all you have to do is to interpret -- and answer to -- the message from your HS, and the pain is gone.


The Missourian said...

"They have no evidence that it is caused by wheat."

There is abundant anecdotal evidence that eliminating wheat from their diet has helped many, many people who were/are suffering from fibromyalgia.

There's is no downside to eliminating wheat, so why someone who is suffering would want to wait for a randomized double-blind clinical study is a mystery to me.

Try goggling "wheat and fibromyalgia." See for yourself.

Anonymous said...

Eolake -
My experience has been that most doctors watch for their "speciality" when making a diagnosis. My wife is diagnosed with M.S.; but when she was tested for Lyme she lit up the scoreboard! Since being treated for the Lyme, she has very few symptoms of M.S. !! Unfortunately she carried the Lyme for 30+ years; yet the affects of such a long (treatable) illness has resulted in the need for a wheelchair.
We hope they are able to correctly diagnose your problem very soon.
We enjoy your blogs very much!

Eolake Stobblehouse said...


You may have a good point there. We all see mostly what we focus on.

My best to you and her.

Glad you like the blogs. This one and the ereader one?