My fibromyalgia story paints a picture that millions have had to face every day. Read my story below and see if anything rings true for yourself. Inbox me.
The sun was shining on an early April afternoon. Getting off work early, she was excited to start her weekend early. Driving into a small town she could see cars at the local A&W and thought about having a root beer float, but decided against it.
Traffic was heavy for this time of the afternoon, she thought, but it was Friday and people must want to get home to start their weekend early as she had because they were traveling faster than the posted 35 mph speed limit.
The car in front of her
a car stopped waiting for traffic to pass to take a left hand turn. She
slowed down and stopped behind the car. She looked in the rear-view
mirror (a habit of hers anytime she has to stop on a road with traffic) and the
van behind her was coming at a fast rate of speed to have to slow down in a few
OMG, the driver hasn’t seen that traffic has stopped,” she thought and stepped on her brakes a few times to try to get the drivers attention using her brake lights. Nothing; and she has nowhere else to go. The car is still in front of her stopped and waiting for traffic to turn. She tried to brace herself, but didn’t have time.
It was like it happened in slow motion. Bam! You know how they show “dummies” body reaction to an accident in commercials? That’s exactly how she saw it. The impact threw her chest forward (she did have her seat belt on), and her neck snapped back. She felt the steering wheel as her body slammed into it. OMG.
The pain in her neck was unbearable and something she has never experienced. She wasn’t thinking about herself at that moment and got out of the car to see if the lady behind her was okay.
The front of her van was smashed up pretty good and so where her lights and blinkers. “Are you okay?” The young woman behind the wheel nodded and a baby was crying. “Is the baby okay?”
She got out and went to the side door to check her child in the car seat. “She seems to be,” said the driver as their dog started barking. “I didn’t see that you had stopped,” she continued, “the baby was crying and I turned around for just a second to check on her.”
That’s all it takes, she thought to herself. Traffic was backed up for
miles until they could move their vehicles off to the side of the
highway. They exchanged information and left the scene after the police
took down all the information for an accident report and took pictures.
She got home in a few minutes and immediately got out the aspirin because the neck pain was excruciating, and if it got worse (how could it?) she was going to the ER. It also felt hot and she couldn’t turn her head at all.
She lay down on the couch and didn’t move off the couch until Monday morning when she went to see her doctor. I know what I will be doing this weekend, she thought, nothing. And that was exactly what happened. She was diagnosed with severe whiplash and ripped tendons in her right thumb and wrist by the steering wheel on impact.
This is a true story and the woman in my fibromyalgia story was me. I was rear-ended in a car accident April 9, 1999. I wish I didn’t leave work early that day, but there is nothing I can do about it now.
I’m not going to go into details (could be here for days), but approximately one year later I was lucky enough to see a world-renowned specialist on fibromyalgia and finally had a diagnosis. Thank God my own doctor knew enough to refer me to him because he thought that was what I had.
There wasn’t a lot of information available at the time and through trial and error I have discovered many things that have helped me and reduced the pain level I experience on a daily basis. Fibromyalgia (aka “Fibro”) is an invisible disease and you cannot see it in tests like you would other diseases. Even x-rays don’t show anything wrong. Nothing. There is nothing wrong with you...
There is so much more to my fibromyalgia story and I will explain everything later. But there is a silver lining to the suffering and it has taken me years to figure it out.
I did not watch what I ate and the first ten years was hell. I am not kidding, I suffered immensely and was always told there is nothing they can do and there is not a cure for fibromyalgia. So I began my quest to find some relief on my own.
Today, I am happy to say that most of my pain is gone. It has not completely disappeared, but I know what not to do to aggravate the intensity of the pain most of the time. Sometimes you will have a flare-up that is beyond your control, but this is nothing compared to my life before.
My journey was a trail-and-error production because I was not going to live like this for the rest of my life. I am bull-headed and determined, and today I am thankful that I am that way.
Do you suffer from pain and have stopped living your life because you don’t want to go anywhere? Do your children beg you to go outside with them to play and you tell them that you can’t because you don’t feel good? Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? I really can help you.
You do not need to suffer anymore. This is not something that will work overnight, but I do have the answer for your ailments that have worked exceptionally well for me.
It is my fibromyalgia diet and it works. I will be sharing my recipes and you can begin your journey to healing your body.
You will be able to talk to others that have the same problems and learn what they do; all in the privacy of the center. The world will not be viewing your conversation; only members and we all have something in common. Pain.
I do not experience pain like I used to and I thank God for that (and my bull-head manner to find a solution to it).
If your spouse, relative or friend is suffering, you can help them. Tell them about this club and what it can do for them. You have the power to give them something to get their life back. What a great feeling that would be not only for yourself, but for them.
I am determined to help everyone that is suffering to live again; one person at a time. This is my life purpose. I believe that will all my heart.