- CASE FILE
I have been suffering from debilitating chronic pain throughout my whole body for the past 8 years and doctors have no idea for the cause.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I don't know what a day without chronic pain feels like. I have been suffering from Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Depression since the beginning of my adult life; at the age of 21. The conditions that I have been diagnosed with are considered "exclusion conditions," which means that I have all these symptoms and doctors have no idea why or how they have occurred. I have visited doctor after doctor to no avail. I have become so exhausted of trying to find answers, that I have had no choice but to work on my health on my own and discover what helps or harms me. Everything I do revolves around my health; I eat heathy, exercise, meditate, Yoga, work on my mind, body, and soul. Yet, I am still suffering every day of my life. I have had to learn to accept my life the way it is, even though it can be severely depressing.
If you know about Fibromyalgia, then you know that it consists of many symptoms. I have pain all throughout my body, but the worst of it involves my whole back, neck, and stomach. I am intolerant to too much heat or cold, dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, headaches, sinus problems, food intolerances of all kinds especially bread, fatigue and exhaustion, insomnia, anxiety, depression, the list goes on and on. For the first few years of this, I was bedridden and I cried constantly. I did not want to live my life that way, so I began forcing myself out of bed and doing more and more each day. I now accomplish online education, clean the house, cook, and drive. I am currently trying to find a job that will cooperate with my issues so I can learn to become an independent person once again.
I have watched everyone I know get engaged, married, have children, have a career, their own homes; the average normal life. People don't understand what its like to not be able to have those things, or be able to achieve them. It has made me feel so empty and lost. I am literally doing everything I can to have the most normal life I can, but I am still in so much pain every day that I just can't take it anymore. I really need your help! I need to know the causes of my issues so I can work on fixing them. I would literally do anything to have a better quality of life.
I am a determined person who has spent 14 years doing Yoga, I am also a recovering alcoholic, I have a 3.0 in college right now, I eat very healthy, and I forced my way out of my bed and into the world. I just need a little bit more help.