What led me to the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia began from a car accident I was involved in. Even though the vehicle was totaled I walked out of it and never went to the hospital as I did not sustain any visible injuries. After the car accident, I suffered from aches and pains terribly for a very long time. I visited chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists and no one was able to diagnose why I had so much pain. Until I decided to go to an…
Beginning in my early 30s, I experienced what I thought was the beginning of arthritis, because my mother and grandmother dealt with this. It was especially painful in the winter months because the cold weather seemed to make it worse. By the summer of 2008 I was beginning to dread the coming fall and winter, so I made an appointment with a rheumatologist to see what I could do to make the winter less painful. My blood was tested and I was given a physical…
For about 10 years, I have suffered from muscle cramps, tightening of neck and shoulders to the point of severe pain, lower back pain, body temperature variations, etc. It was a few months ago that a rheumatologist, tired of testing me, finally gave me the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
At first, my own mother thought I was nuts. Then I took her to a Fibro clinic with me that was in Philadelphia, about 100 miles one way from where I live. She saw all the people there saying the same things as I was saying and finally came around to support me (while still telling me to lose weight and be happy and that will change things).
I have to do things at my own pace as well as accept help around the house. Vacuuming, washing the floors, seasonal cleaning, etc. really hurts. If I can't keep plans, then understand or too bad!
I began having migraines almost every day, constant dizziness, heart palpitations, pain in various parts of my body, and extreme tiredness. This progressed for two years before I finally received the fibromyalgia diagnosis.