Fibromyalgia and “the second brain”

By:By Patricia Quinn

My second brain said it’s time to slow down!

You know how it is said the stomach is a “Second Brain”? Well, my second brain has been telling me I overdid it!

I am experiencing a nervous stomach, mild headache and some trembling from over-stimulated muscles. I feel the hypersensitivity that we as people living with Fibromyalgia tend to live with.

According to Michael Gershon, M.D., author of The Second Brain (HarperCollins, 1999), and a neurobiologist at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, butterflies in the stomach arise when the brain sends a message of anxiety to the gut, which sends messages back to the brain that it’s unhappy. Well, my stomach isn’t happy with me at the moment.

We usually are multi-taskers

I’ve heard most of us living with Fibromyalgia are people that are driven, and it is difficult for us to pause for awhile, always multi-tasking. That is why I need my weekly yoga group, especially the meditation with deep breathing; I am not one that will take the 20 minutes out of my day to just stop and do nothing. So, now, I need to re-group, my stomach told me so.

My grandson, who I watch five days a week, helps me to remember the simple things. We go to parks, playdates, just having fun and noticing little things that fascinate him that I may take for granted. He is a reminder for me not to take things too seriously.

I think the flare-up that I may be experiencing is a result of his pre-school’s field trip. That may have been the final offense. It was damp and raining off and on and we were outside. I don’t think we, as Fibromytes, do not “do” damp rainy weather too well.

It’s time for a “time out”!

I make it a point not to worry, but I’m human.

I have also been organizing a fund-raising event for our community’s first-ever dog park! Though I do enjoy the creative energy that goes into such an affair, we did run into obstacles that caused me to worry, though I make an effort not to.

I did have some sad news in the family, too, which, it may have affected me more so than I realized.

So, I guess I am learning that, though I do stay ahead of this dis-ease called Fibromyalgia, I am human and will have my setbacks. But, after my warm epsom salts bath, more of my whole-food supplement for even more magnesium and then, a restful night’s sleep, I’ll feel better in the morning and start all over again!

I would love to hear from you!

Today, besides being an active grandmother, I am a volunteer with several community organizations, and love spreading the word of an amazing super food .

If you would like to read about my journey living with the many challenges of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, click here or email me at

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