How it all started…

The earliest memory I have is falling from a tree house, flat on my back, when I was 3 years old.  I believe this was the start to my journey with this disease.  I remember having migraines starting at age five.  I did have other accidents in my life that added to my pain.  I was drug by a merry-go-round when I was eight that added to my back injury.  I was in a pretty bad car accident when I was 19.  I didn’t have any real injuries in the accident, but the trauma I believe added to my fibro.  I remember always being in pain, but the increase of pain, where I had to see a doctor about it, was when I was 20 years old in 2002.  I felt like I got the flu, and it just never went away.  One memory that stands out is I was living in a house with stairs, and it became very difficult to go up them.  More difficult than it had before.  It took about 2 years, and seeing a slew of doctors, whom took a slew of tests, to finally get to a doctor that knew what was wrong.  Before they come to the diagnoses of “fibromyalgia,” they will need to eliminate other diseases with the same symptoms.  I was lucky and referred to a rheumotologist that knew about fibromyalgia.  Back in 2004, not many doctors believed in the illness.  They thought it was either a psychosomatic illness, or that you were looking for attention.  I was accused of the latter, many times.  Especially since I was so young.

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