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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…

138 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…

139 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…

125 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…

101 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on June 2, 2016
My Story: Emily Ullrich

My Story: Emily Ullrich

I was reading incessantly, trying to figure out what was wrong with me. When I found a scholarly medical journal about fibromyalgia, I was astonished, 100 pages in, I had EVERY symptom in the book! Literally. I thought maybe I was being biased, so I decided to scroll through to a random page, and if I had the symptom on that page, then I'd believe it. I ended up on a page about Morton’s toe, which a pedicurist had told me earlier that week that…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on October 29, 2015
My Story: Patricia

My Story: Patricia

I was diagnosed almost 40 years ago. I don't really remember a lot, but there were a lot of appointments. My mom found an article about fibromyalgia, so I took it took it to my doctor. I was lucky to have found a doctor who believed, because at the time fibromyalgia was still being thought of as a hysterical illness. I have had to let my husband do most of the housework, especially vacuuming and dishes. I watch that I don't overdo anything and have…

520 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on October 1, 2015
My Story: Nicole Toth

My Story: Nicole Toth

When I was a baby I was diagnosed with roseola, an infection that causes a fever and rash. During my childhood I had many other illnesses, too, I caught chicken pox multiple times. I was always catching something. At age 24 I had my first child and during my pregnancy I started getting severe pain in my sciatica and hip, but my doctors chalked it up to being pregnant. Two years after my daughter’s birth I was in a minor accident that gave me whiplash…

806 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 28, 2015
Angela Nimmo: My Story

My Story: Angela Renee Nimmo

I worked as a nurse at a nursing home for about 10 years. Unfortunately I rarely had help lifting sometimes very large patients. I suppose this continuous type of work finally weakened my back. One evening I was rolling a rather heavy patient toward me when something in my lower lumbar region popped. I felt it and heard my back crack. I didn’t think I needed to go to the hospital but the head nurse sent me home with ice. However as the evening progressed,…

770 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 23, 2015
My Story: Peter Bacchioni

My Story: Peter Bacchioni

About 14 years ago when I described my symptoms to my primary physician he suggested I stop complaining. After all, I wasn't getting any younger and he said the discomfort I was describing was attributed to aging – so I should grin and bear it. I did just that for several years, until I found a rheumatologist who ran all sorts of tests and concluded that I had fibromyalgia. I was hoping that my retirement might bring me some relief but instead in some ways…

645 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on June 30, 2015
My Story: Ginny Fankhouser

My Story: Ginny Fankhouser

Thirty years ago, when I was 30 years old I woke up one morning completely numb from head to toe. My husband did not believe me. Two years later in 1987 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia by a rheumatologist. I now also have cerebellar atrophy, diabetes, high blood pressure, COPD, cirrhosis (not from alcohol – from 20 years of 22 or more medications), arthritis, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, Raynaud's syndrome, heart PVCs (44,000 too many per day), basel cell carcinoma, melanoma, etc., etc.

775 found this helpful by NewLifeOutlook Team on June 23, 2015