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"Isolation Is Giving People A Glimpse Into Life With Chronic Pain. It's Time I Talk About Mine."
Monday 18 May 2020
"Isolation is giving people a glimpse into life with chronic pain. It's time I talk about mine."
During your final years of high school, milestones take place, people grow up and you learn more about yourself than you ever have before.
But for me, being diagnosed with a chronic illness significantly impacted my life for five years.
And yes, I did experience many of those milestones when I was able to, but for most of the time, I was tired and in a lot of pain.
During the past few months of COVID-19, there have been moments that have triggered memories of this time and forced me to confront my experience; how large of a role it played it my life.
This is a small glimpse into what I lived with.
It was 2014, I was 17 years old and suddenly I was tired and sore all the time.
Simple things like stacking this dishwasher, vacuuming the house or typing a late-night essay were all near-impossible tasks.
My joints would ache to the point where I was left feeling like I had run a marathon (no, I cannot and do not run). I would sleep for hours because my body desperately needed it. I barely ate.
During the first year, I had various specialists on rotation and we tried many medications to manage the pain but nothing seemed to work.
And after feeling mentally and physically defeated from constant pain and having no understanding as to why this was happening, I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
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