My fibromyalgia diagnosis was in 2008. I’d almost call it a “diagnosis” because the condition seems so poorly understood and it’s hard for me to accept it as a true diagnosis. I know it’s for real; it’s just frustrating to have something so hard to understand. I had a list of symptoms consistent with fibromyalgia, my doctors ruled out other conditions, and so I was left with this diagnosis.
The onset of fibromyalgia can be associated with physical traumas and there’s a thought that these events may trigger the condition. In my case, I was in a rollover motor vehicle accident in 2001 that I believe was the trigger for my fibro. I don’t know if I’ve had a pain-free day since the accident. I was an otherwise healthy and active woman in my mid-20s at that time. For the first few years after the accident, I thought my symptoms were caused by the accident and that I would eventually recover.
The accident happened while I was working so I worked through the worker’s compensation process (awful!). Their doctor determined a 5% permanent physical impairment for me due to the severe whiplash I experienced. Despite this, I fully expected to recover. I expected to be able to live pain-free and return to all of the activities I had previously loved like skiing and hiking, etc., but that didn’t happen. Now I’m starting to accept that maybe I never will.
My accident was in 2001. I had pain primarily in my neck and back over the next five years, along with other symptoms like fatigue and depression. I started to notice becoming extremely sore even after very mild activities. I knew something was wrong, but had no idea what. Somewhere around 2004, I got really sick with no known cause. I was extremely tired. I was still in my mid-20s and had to nap during lunch breaks from work. I went to the doctor who found my liver enzymes were high. I was tested for hepatitis which, thankfully, I didn’t have.
During the winter of 2007-08, I began to have pain in my legs as well. Once the pain grew and involved my legs, I knew something was very wrong. I went to a new doctor who ordered tests to rule out things like lupus and arthritis, and eventually diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I guess it’s been 14 years now in this #invisiblefight.
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