In December 2005, my world changed. I woke from hysterectomy surgery with electrifying, shocking pain going through my body and a numb left leg. I kept saying, “Something is terribly wrong,” but my doctors told me it was just the effects from anesthesia. I felt completely misunderstood and rejected by the medical community, even when I finally received a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Life-altering pain and fibromyalgia symptoms escalated every day, and I was afraid the torture would never end. Practically bedridden for 16 months, I couldn’t care for myself. I wanted to die many times, but I held on for my husband and children.
You or someone you love likely has had life disrupted by fibromyalgia or chronic pain diseases. So, you already know how devastating it can be and how it robs you of many of the things you enjoy. Struggling to care for yourself and your family may be your reality as it was mine.
But, perhaps the hardest part of all is when people tell you they don’t believe your pain is real, including your doctors and family members. Diane G. shared her story with us:
Our chronic pain disease is “invisible” because we look healthy. We are told it's “all in our heads.” We are dismissed by medical professionals, family, friends, co-workers, and strangers. We face labels, discrimination, and (on occasion) actual hate and violence. I am NOT invisible. I am real. My disease is real. My pain is real. I just want someone to see me, behind the fake smile.”
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I understand that your chronic pain is real, and I want the world to understand it.