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Sunday, July 11, 2010

My Story Continued - the Diagnosis

Part 2:
So, finally my pain had a name. Wow- that only took 20 years and 10 doctors!
No wonder "depression" goes hand in hand with Fibromyalgia!

Now, here are some reasons why it takes so long to get diagnosed:
1. There are no easy blood or urine tests that can diagnose it.
2. Nothing will show up on x-rays or cat scans
3. The pain in early stages comes and goes so you don't at first recognize it

It is only diagnosed after everything else is ruled out!! Now, isn't that something?
I would REALLY get depressed and/or mad if I went back and tallied up all the dollars that went toward medical bills paid by myself and my insurance company for all the tests and surgeries. Insurance did not pay for all the alternative medicine that I tried. I was not a fan of pain pills - I did not want to mask the pain, I wanted to rid my body of if. And, yes, I had 3 surgeries - which probably could have been avoided! But more about that later.

to be cont. = new diet

1 comment:

Kelly aka STITCHNMOMMA said...

My mom has dealt with fibromyalgia for years - not fun.

Best of luck to you Sharon!!!