Imagine a vivacious 22 year old with the world by the horns. A good job, a husband, and a sweet baby boy. Life was good...until. Until a virus struck me down and I landed in a hospital with almost no blood pressure in intense pain feeling drained everything I had. This would be the moment Fibromyalgia entered my life.
I was eventually well enough to leave the hospital and was hoping to hop right back into my life full swing. It didn't take long for me to realize that life as I had know it was no longer an option.
This would be the case for the next 6 years with constant dismissals by doctors and ERs. I was labeled lazy, crazy, hyopcondriac, and drama queen. I faced criticism from family members and friends who had no idea what was occuring in my body. I felt like if I could just trade places with them for one day they would surely understand. Ofcourse that is an impossibility,
Last year I stumbled upon Dr. Safman of Little Rock Ar. This man has changed my life. I still have a severe case of fibromyalgia but I also have something I have been searching for for years. I found compassion and understanding. I looked into the eyes of someone who truly understood the battle raging strong inside my body.
The treatmetns I have received has made a considerable difference. I still have pain, fatigue, and serious fog but I have hope also. I have hope we will find my perfect combination to enhance the quality of my life. I have a partner to walk me through this valley and try his best to get me out.
I have fibromyalgia and somedays it has me but I have the one thing that makes this tolerable. I have faith in my physician and hope for a better quality of life and with these things this girl is determined to make it out to the otherside. Someday will be my day in the sun.
I pray the same for each and everyone one of you. We have been inducted into a club noone wants in but together with a little help we could change our worlds! Jamie
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Hello Jamie, thanks so much for writing and sharing your story. I'm happy you were able to finally find a doctor and the treatment you needed to feel more like yourself after such a long battle with symptoms -- and validation. Could you share the type of treatments that have worked for you? While not all treatments work for everyone, they may provide push-off points for women to discuss with their doctors. Here's a few articles around fibro for those who are in the early stages of diagnosis:
Fighting Fibromyalgia Through the Holidays and Exercise Still Best Treatment for Fibromyalgia
Also, EmpowHER has a fibromyalgia group if you're interested in sharing .. https://www.empowher.com/groups/fibromyalgia
Thanks again Jamie and look forward to hearing from you.January 17, 2011 - 9:12am