My Story: Yenizel Palacios

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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

While I was serving in the military, I fractured my left femur and both of my tibiae. My fractures healed, but the pain that I was experiencing did not subside. I was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD, which is a nerve disorder that was caused by the trauma/injuries.

A few years later I developed additional symptoms. I saw a pain management specialist, and after we went over my history and symptoms and did a trigger points examination, he diagnosed me with fibromyalgia.

Who has been there for you? How?

My friends and family have supported me, although they do not quite understand the condition.

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

It was very difficult and depressing at first, since I was very active before my injuries. I went from being one of the best female athletes in my battalion, to being on crutches for 2.5 years. I was later medically discharged.

I have not been able to be employed. It took me some time to face the reality that I was no longer the person that I used to be. I had to learn to let go of her and accept the person that I am now. I have come to understand that I have physical as well as mental limitations, but I do what I can and strive to move ahead. My positive attitude is what keeps me motivated and willing to research and try new treatments. The things that I was able to do in the past I cannot do in the present – but maybe in the future.

It took me some time to face the reality that I was no longer the person that I used to be.

I had to learn to let go of her and accept the person that I am now.

I had to learn to let go of her and accept the person that I am now.

What accomplishment are you proud of?

I went from being on crutches for two and a half years to being able to walk and have a productive life, regardless of my physical and mental limitations. My hard work, positive attitude and will to try new treatments has allowed me to control my symptoms and get to where I am today. Although I have limitations, chronic pain and not very good days, I have a wonderful life.

Focus on the present and look towards the future.

Who has been there for you? How?

My friends and family have supported me, although they do not quite understand the condition.

What's your advice to someone else living with Fibromyalgia?

Be open to various types of treatments. It requires trial and error but you may be able to find one that is perfect for you.

I had to learn to face the reality that I am not the person that I used to be and I never will be. That's in the past. Focus on the present and look towards the future.

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