Hannah, Wenatchee, WA

Diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2007.

hannah

Growing up, I was a very normal child except for major migraines. I was happy, and giggly and had exuberant amounts of energy. In April of 2007 my mother and I were rear-ended while stopped at a corner to turn into our street. I was almost 16 and that event turned by life upside down. I went to the clinic for severe whiplash. I was diagnosed with whiplash and sprained ribs leading to months and months of muscle spasm in my neck, back and hips.

I had never before writhed in pain, but it went on for months and months. I believe the accident had a really bad effect because of the way I was sitting when we were hit. I was turned toward my mother, my legs pulled up, listening to my iPod. Follow the accident I ended up dropping out of school and was in severe pain for almost a year. I remember trying to see my friends and needing to be pushed in a wheel chair. We tried a camping trip that was so bad and had to be cut short because I was stuck in my sleeping bag in spasm.

I tried several physical therapists and chiropractors in addition to docs, but none mentioned fibromyalgia. It was my mom who began to wonder if that was the case, but I was angry and would say, “No I don’t have that”.

Following the accident I ended up dropping out of school and was in severe pain for almost a year. I remember trying to see my friends and needing to be pushed in a wheel chair. We tried a camping trip that was so bad and had to be cut short because I was stuck in my sleeping bag in spasm.

I tried several physical therapists and chiropractors in addition to docs, but none mentioned fibromyalgia. It was my mom who began to wonder if that was the case, but I was angry and would say, “No I don’t have that”. As it turned out, I had all the classic fibro symptoms. Still I looked very healthy and was constantly irritated with the assumption I was just tired; of course “fibro” is invisible so the frustration was even greater.

Still I looked very healthy and was constantly irritated with the assumption I was just tired; of course “fibro” is invisible so the frustration was even greater.

I experienced a good deal of judgement from friends and family. I even had a bone scan after the car accident that looked fine, so the doctor said, “Oh, nothing is wrong.” This is why it took me so long to get diagnosed. No one really wanted to figure out what was happening. Time passed and in 2010 all the symptoms started getting even worse.

I had a job at the forestry service, with lots of labor involved. I had to quit that wonderful job because I just couldn’t do it anymore. My hips felt like they were broken. My neck felt like it was broken. The pain and horrible sensations didn’t stop getting worse, so finally in 2012 I was referred to get an MRI of my neck, mid back and low back. They saw nothing wrong! Following more blood tests, I was told all was normal. I was told I was one of the healthiest 22 year olds my doc had seen.

I became gluten-free and am Vegan now; this has helped a lot with the spasms and inflammation. And I have never felt better mentally and energy wise. But my body just doesn’t want to feel normal. My body doesn’t want to do normal human things.

Even so, I found my passion through getting fibro. I have become a writer and I’m currently working on getting some work published. I believe that when you lose things in life, you also gain things you wouldn’t have normally gained. Always look at the positive side of things; because when you focus on the negative, only negative will come of that.

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