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My Story: Tiffany Brown

My Story: Tiffany Brown

I was 22 years old and fresh out of college. My back, neck, and shoulders always were so tight and sore. I would pull a muscle by doing simple things like sneezing or blowing my nose. I had injured my back and was in physical therapy. My physical therapist evaluated me and told me I had fibromyalgia. I drove home laughing and thought, "How could a fit, active 22-year-old have something like fibromyalgia?"

by Brittany Reis on September 12, 2018
My Story: Shari

My Story: Shari

I'm so glad to have stumbled across this site. It feels good to know that somebody out there understands what I'm going through. I just found out I have fibromyalgia a couple of months ago. Along with this diagnosis, and the numerous doctors and specialists it took to find out, I have been in a lot of pain for the past few years. Along with my fibromyalgia diagnosis, I also found out I have COPD and emphysema. Once I finally knew the reasons for all…

by Brittany Reis on August 14, 2018

My Story: Bree

In 1992 at the age of 26, I was in a bad car wreck. My pain initially was in my neck and shoulder area. (I had also broken my back in 2 different places.) The pain then announced itself on the surface of my skin, everywhere. My doctor found that every trigger spot was painful. He couldn't be certain, but when chronic fatigue surfaced along with my chronic pain, he figured that's what I had. Full-fledged trauma induced fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. Every trigger…

by Brittany Reis on June 5, 2018
My Story: Dana

My Story: Dana Preuss

I had my first child when I was 20. Shortly after she was born, I started having severe fatigue and random joint pain. I felt like a hypochondriac because one day it might be my right knee in a brace and the next day my left wrist. Finally, when I was around 25 years old, my family doctor sent me to a young rheumatologist, and he is the doctor that diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I was so relieved and excited to finally have a name…

by Brittany Reis on January 2, 2018
My Story: Laura Junio

My Story: Laura Junio

In my early 30's I would not be able to sleep at night due to restless leg syndrome, I would hurt all over and get angry if someone touched me in the arms or other parts of my body because it hurt so much. I started having back pain and leg pain. I would get dizzy, and I had two doctors believe that I had MS. One of them sent me to a neurologist who tested me and told me that I had fibromyalgia. Though…

by Brittany Reis on November 24, 2017
My Story: Linda Thomas

My Story: Linda Thomas

It took three years to get diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia. All of my trigger points were incredibly tender. It took another three years to get on social security disability (the judge did not believe in this condition even though my file was 3" thick). No one understands what I am going through and how much extreme pain I am always in. So, don't listen to 'advice' from those who don't understand. Instead, find friends who accept you for who you are. I only have three…

by Brittany Reis on November 9, 2017
My Story: Christina Garcia

My Story: Christina Garcia

I used to be a social butterfly and the go-to girl for fun. In 1999, my life as I knew it my dreams of my future was about to change forever drastically. My first diagnosis was mixed connective tissue disease, but quickly changed to fibromyalgia and over the years has manifested into many other issues. I have been through the beginning of fibromyalgia in the country, you know, before it got its own medical code which was to be the turn around for us fibromyalgia…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on October 27, 2017
My Story: Christina LiRosi

My Story: Christina LiRosi

In 1986, I was electrocuted and had total body internal burns, according to Clifton Springs Hospital burn unit and was in semi-coma state for two months. Shooting pain continued throughout the year. After three months I realized my body was not able to 'bounce back' as my range of motion was down, according to the Myofascial Pain Clinic in PA. Although I tried hard as I could to return to work the pain was intensifying. Stiffness and tightness became more extreme. I currently see 3…

by Brittany Reis on October 18, 2017
My Story: Samantha Fors

My Story: Samantha Fors

I finally decided to tell my doctor everything that was going on instead of downplaying my symptoms. The testing began, and on my 34th birthday, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I already knew it deep down, but to hear it from my doctor, that was devastating. I was praying that I was just low in Vitamin B12 or something stupid. Of course, that wasn't it. The only positive thing that I gained from my diagnosis was understanding. Finally, so many things that I had been…

by Brittany Reis on October 4, 2017
My Story: Michelle Mccallister

My Story: Michelle McCallister

The first time I felt something was wrong with me was when I was talking with a client and couldn't remember what my job title was. I found finding myself unable to think clearly, a terrible pain in my back in between my shoulder blades up to my neck, and pain from the feel of clothing and blankets on my skin. After countless doctor visits, I was referred to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

by Brittany Reis on September 20, 2017
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