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 share at most speaking engagements.
It’s well-understood that fibromyalgia turns us into hyper-sensitive people. 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 fibrofolk so terribly that it causes them to flee. You get the point.
We’re sensitive to things that are “Un-Natural” in nature.
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 are not my friends. My body also tells me if a room has been recently painted or re-carpeted. I have my very own toxin radar.
That’s where the Fibromyalgia Tuning Fork Analogy comes in. Have you ever seen a tuning fork? I held a very large one once that made my fillings vibrate when it was struck. 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.
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. This even applies to relationships. Some friends or co-workers make you “ring” in their company — others can cause you to “clang” simply by entering the room.
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 is one analogy, I suspect, that rings true for you, too!