By the time I was 17 years old, my joints were becoming really problematic. I was living with pain, swelling and stiffness. My hands hurt really badly, and I couldn’t lift my arms up without pain and shaking, and the pain in my right hip often caused me to limp. Off to the GP I went and understand was subsequently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I think I would have been more scared had I been old enough to understand what that means.
At the age of 29 I was discussing hip replacements and steroid injections. Neither of which were particularly recommended or appealing to me. I agreed with Doctors that I would return when I was dragging my leg with me and left it at that. I kept going but it did leave me feeling really fearful of doing anything might hurt it further and I would always avoid any activity that might pose a risk.
I was also on loads of medication and it was making me feel dreadful. I felt every time I would complain to the Dr (never seem to have seen the same one twice after my favourite moved on) I would be prescribed yet another tablet to deal with the side effects of the ones I was on. It was also costing me a fortune.
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My inspiration to share My Fibro Story of Fighting Fibro with Fitness, stems from my almost disbelief of how much better I feel since weight training and good nutrition entered my life. At the beginning, I had tried so much to manage my fibro and felt desperate that nothing worked. At first, the idea of exercising when feeling so ill appalled me and I was terrified of feeling worse. But in fact, what it did was allow me to put my illnesses down and become me again. I have to be careful, but I now feel strong rather than permanently afraid as I used to. With strength, comes the energy and motivation to take better control of my life and my health. I so much wish the same for others.
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