My fibro story starts eight years ago. It wasn't a climactic beginning; it was just achey low back pain that got worse the longer I sat writing my MA thesis.
It seemed like a common enough problem to have, except for the fact that I was 23. The nurse told me to take ibuprophen 24/7 and stretch. About a year later, I developed chronic pelvic pain (vulvodynia).
I diagnosed myself and had to return home from working abroad to pursue treatment. During that time, my body gradually began to fall apart, limb by limb.
My back pain worsened. My knee gave out. My shoulders become too painful to allow me to type. I thought I was losing my mind.