Fibromyalgia is a condition defined by sensitivities. Hyper-Sensitivity for sure. We’re hyper-aware of surrounding smells, sounds, and lights. For example, a perfume advertised to be enticing might smell toxic to us and trigger an all-day migraine.
Road repair noise that’s a minor annoyance to the general public might jangle the nerves of fibro folk so much that they’d need to flee. You get the point.
I’ve often said that I’m thankful for fibromyalgia. Learning how to analyze and deal with chronic illness has taught me powerful lessons I wouldn’t have learned any other way. The Fibromyalgia Tuning Fork Analogy is one lesson I’ve often shared at speaking engagements as it speaks to this hyper-sensitivity aspect.
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The Fibromyalgia Tuning Fork Analogy
Fibro folk are sensitive to things that are “Un-Natural.”
This hyper-sensitivity applies to everything that we ingest internally and experience externally. My body tells me (in not-so-subtle ways) that some foods and chemical additives do not “work” for me. My body also tells me information about my surroundings. For example, it’ll tell me (physically) if a room has been recently painted or re-carpeted. I may get a headache, feel nauseous, or dizzy.
Fibro provides my very own toxin radar.
That’s where this Fibromyalgia Tuning Fork Analogy comes in. Have you ever seen a tuning fork? I held a very large one once that, when struck, made my fillings rattle. If you haven’t shared my experience, you can take a look at much smaller ones HERE and get an idea of what they’re like.
How Are You Like a Tuning Fork?
A tuning fork is a precision instrument. It’s carefully crafted, balanced, and mathematically designed to create a perfect pitch. When struck correctly, it rings true. If struck incorrectly (i.e. if it’s not allowed to vibrate freely) you can definitely tell the difference -– more clang than ring.
The fibro body is very much like a precision tuning fork. If you take the time to listen, your body tells you what foods and surroundings ring true for you.
There’s a natural resonance to truth.
This applies to relationships, too. Some friends or co-workers make you “ring” in their company — others can cause you to “clang” simply by entering the room.
What does this mean for you?
It’s about awareness. Pay attention to what works and what doesn’t. Pay attention to what feels right and what feels “off” somehow. There’s an intuitive connection to our own body’s resonance.
I’ve developed a healthy respect for my personal toxin radar and try to pay attention to what my body is telling me. Have you ever thought of your body as a precision instrument? This Tuning Fork Analogy is one that probably rings true for you, too!
Want to know more about what works for you? Want guidance along the way? Contact me HERE and let’s chat about how the Fibromyalgia Recovery process may look like for you.