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My Story: Janice Pfile

My Story: Janice Pfile

I am sixty-two years old and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2003 after being hit as a pedestrian. Since being diagnosed with fibro, I have had to find new ways to continue gardening. Deep tissue massage, bicycling, walking, and other types of exercise help to keep my muscles strong and thereby helping to reduce the pain. I was recently tested for RA as I have had some difficulties with my joints and was happy to learn that I do not have it. I continue to…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 25, 2014
My Story: Debora McNicholas

My Story: Debora McNicholas

I was diagnosed with a rare virus and subsequently, Fibromyalgia. In 2003, receiving these diagnoses was a relief; just knowing what was happening to my body brought me comfort. However, I had no idea what an impact these illnesses would have on my day-to-day life. Maintaining my career was difficult, my ability to parent and care for my family was diminished, and my very identity was shattered.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 19, 2014
Cynthia Underdown-Parker

My Story: Cynthia Underdown-Parker

I was a legal secretary/assistant for 30 years and in August of 2002 I noticed by the end of the day I was in so much pain from my neck down my arms and into my hands that I would actually cry all the way home from Dallas to Arlington; a 45 minute drive. I finally went to a doctor in August of 2002 thinking I had carpal tunnel. I didn't have carpal tunnel and the doctor was closing practice and sent me to an…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 13, 2014
Lidna Vizcaino-Rivera

My Story: Lidna Vizcaino-Rivera

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…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on August 6, 2014
Jennie Freiberger

My Story: Jennie Freiberger

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…

by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 28, 2014
My Story: Nora Torres

My Story: Nora Torres

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.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 23, 2014
My Story: Julie Mock

My Story: Julie Mock

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).

by NewLifeOutlook Team on July 2, 2014
Doreen Richard

My Story: Doreen Richard

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!

by NewLifeOutlook Team on June 25, 2014
My Story: Barbara Jennings

My Story: Barbara Jennings

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.

by NewLifeOutlook Team on June 12, 2014
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