Search billions of records on Ancestry.com
   

Wendy's Web Site

Contact me

Home

Fibromyalgia

Introduction
My Journey
My Progress #1
My Progress #2
Books
Contacts
Salicylate-Free Products
Salicylate Routine
Guai-Support Group

For help and support with the guai protocol for FMS, please join the Guai-Support Group's discussion list and post your questions there.  I do not answer such questions privately, sorry.  Information about joining the group and managing your subscription can be found here.

 

My Fibromyalgia Journey

I have memories of aches and pains throughout my childhood.  When I was a teenager I had problems with headaches that caused me to miss a lot of school.  I was always overweight compared to my school friends, never very active but always participated in class activities when I had to.

At the end of my final High School year I got a part-time job in a takeaways, taking orders, making the burgers and toasted sandwiches, and wrapping the deep-fried foods.  When I first started wrapping the deep-fried foods, I sprained my wrist on the first day, from the action of tipping out the contents of the baskets.  This, in my opinion, was a major trigger; the aches in my wrists and hands never went away, and in fact spread to other locations.

In 1983, when I was 18 and in my first year at Auckland University, my doctor at the time explained the aches and pains I was experiencing on a regular basis as 'arthritis'. He gave me anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), and I took them for many years, only complaining when I thought they weren't working properly any more. I would then be given a different NSAID, which I convinced myself for a while was doing the job.

In 2000 I (again) changed doctor within the practice I had been going to since I was a child (something that happened from time to time as older doctors retired and younger ones started their families), who was not familiar with my 'arthritis'. When I approached her for a medical certificate (for dispensation to allow a computer to type my answers for a 3-hour written exam at Massey University) she suggested we take a closer look at what was going on, and referred me to a rheumatologist.

The rheumatologist diagnosed the general aches and pains I've had for years as Fibromyalgia (FMS) and the specific pains in my hands as the beginnings of Osteoarthritis (OA). I had never heard of FMS before; in fact, by the time I went home that night I couldn't even remember the word!

continued in "My Progress #1"

Genealogy
My Ancestors
New Zealand Research
- Births
- Marriages
- Deaths
- Archives
- Wills & Probates
Waipu Group
NZ Links
UK BMDs
UK & Ireland Links
Australia Links

General Links:

Things of Interest
Wendy's Blog
- Speedway photos
Where I Live
Joseph
Tabby
Mitzi
Wilma
Roscoe
Chickens
Computer Help
Mangonui holiday July 2005
Paihia holiday April 2007
Orlando trip October 2007
Waipu Highland Games 2008

Thank you to Rootsweb for making this free web space available.