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My Story: Kim Johnson

My Story: Kim Johnson

I am a native Minnesotan. I majored in social work and criminal justice. I moved to Seattle, Washington and began working as a director of a work release. One beautiful, sunny afternoon in August of 1998 I was a passenger in a car accident. I was in extreme pain after the accident but continued to work. I was tested for everything and all tests came back negative. No one could tell me why I could not get better! My acute pain diagnosis was now my…

32 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on January 9, 2017
My Story: Karen Anderson

My Story: Karen Anderson

Due to attendance issues at work, I was forced to try and come up with a reasonable explanation. So far, doctors had blamed menstrual woes as a major cause of my problem. The all-over pain was explained to me as "all in my head." Finally, I was referred to a rheumatologist who did blood tests and X-rays. Now this was 30+ years ago and no one had heard of it, but I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was given pain medication, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory and…

209 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 24, 2016
My Story: Tatiana Maldonado

My Story: Tatiana Maldonado

About seven years ago I started suffering from pain in my body and fatigue. My primary doctor told me it was stress and extra weight and that all I needed to do was exercise every day and not stress. She put me on steroids for the inflammation in my neck/back. When that didn't work, she had an X-ray done, which showed nothing. As years passed I wasn't getting better. I was having a hard time lifting my arms from the nerve pain. My PCP retired…

58 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on November 15, 2016
Katarina Zulak

My Story: Katarina Zulak

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…

71 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on October 14, 2016
My Story: Marianne Brown

My Story: Marianne Brown

I have advanced spinal degenerative disc disease; I lost two discs before 40, developed spondylothesis (twisted spine), and had a spinal fusion after having one if my discs removed. I developed fibromyalgia over two years ago after my operation. It took me two years to get diagnosed with this condition. I have been to hell and back. I have been off work sick more times than I've been off work over the past two and a half years. I suffer exhaustion, widespread pain, especially in…

38 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on October 11, 2016
My Story: Nanette

My Story: Nanette White

The steps that lead up to my diagnosis were long — it took three years for me to receive my diagnosis. To be honest I think it took me the first two years to really realize something was really wrong with me. I'm the type that does not go to the doctors unless absolutely necessary; so when I finally reached that point I would say my fibromyalgia was live and in living color. The pain and fatigue was unbearable at that point. Fibromyalgia runs in…

40 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on October 4, 2016
My Story: Tremaine Esser

My Story: Tremaine Esser

One morning, I woke up to pain in my hands, arms, feet, and legs. My hands were very stiff. My veins were popping out as well. I was feeling very tired, almost lethargic. Trying to move was extremely difficult; it felt like I was being stabbed by a thousand needles all at once. It lasted for a couple of hours, then disappeared. A couple of days later, the same exact pain came back in all areas of my body. Unlike the last time, the pain…

125 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 9, 2016
My Story: Jennifer Herrera

My Story: Jennifer Herrera

I began by searching the symptoms I was experiencing online. I then came across other people experiencing similar symptoms and was almost positive that I knew what I was suffering from. The excruciating pain continued, so I found myself in the emergency room many times all to be disappointed because I left the same way I came in, without any answers. All the tests came back negative. This went on for months, until one of the doctors told me I was suffering from fibromyalgia. At…

69 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on June 15, 2016
My Story: Kim Stewart

My Story: Kim Stewart

After 15 years of chronic depression, bipolar depression, and chronic pain illnesses, my primary doctor finally discovered that I was suffering from fibromyalgia. I suffered many migraines and low back and muscle pain most of my life. My life was full of miserable appointments with many specialists, and not one ever had a solution but only said, "it's all in your head!" That's when I knew to seek another opinion. My family doctor did not give up on me and it was the best decision…

44 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on June 8, 2016
My Story: Starla Rich

My Story: Starla Rich

Fifteen years ago I was a single parent of a young son and I had the energy to go from zero to 60 in a second with no issues at all. I was like the Energizer bunny and found myself working as much as 90 hours in a week in my corporate career. It didn't take long for that to come to a screeching halt. I developed a migraine that simply would not go away! I had suffered with migraines, some level of fatigue, irritable…

66 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on June 2, 2016
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