My name is Margo. I am not a doctor, therapist, yoga instructor, or in any way affiliated with any health organization. I’m not trying to sell you my miracle cure. I’m simply a friend. I’m an engaged 31 year old who lives with her fiancée, 2 dogs & cats on the mainline of Philadelphia. I’ve been experiencing odd body issues since my late teens. No one ever figured out what was going on with me and I always managed to push through. I was very active, taking a spin class almost every day, running 8 miles 3-4 times a week, gardening, painting rooms and furniture, running my own business, sewing, taking the dogs for hour long walks and tiling floors from time to time.
In 2009 my body finally had enough. My symptoms intensified and I ended up in extreme, daily unexplainable pain. I stopped exercising and almost every activity aside because they made the pain worse. The only thing I didn’t stop doing was going to work. I lived on advil and covered my body in therma care heating pads and braces just to get through the day. And I still ended most days in tears. I kept my pain to myself in many respects, thinking it was normal or I wasn’t tough enough. After my diagnosis, my chiropractor said to me, “why didn’t you ever tell me how bad it was?” Good question.
I used to joke to him that I probably had some strange disease that they’d end up naming after me when I died. It was that comment that led him to start asking some poignant questions and eventually led to the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia.
Once I realized what was actually going on, I began reading ferociously and through trial and error, figuring out what helps. I am finally on the road to recovery. I wish I could tell you that I am cured, but I am not. I am however free from pain killers, daily heating pads and sobbing evenings. I am hopeful that I will continue to improve and one day feel like I once did.
I really hope this blog becomes a forum for Fibromyalgia Warriors & gives us a voice. Please feel free to email me or post on my page. Have a topic you’d like me to discuss? I’m an open book; email me. I’ll write a new blog on it.
Fibromyalgia is a bumpy, crappy journey my friends. Wanna join me for the ride?
NEVER GIVE UP.