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Rider Back Doing What She Loves After Long Struggle With Health Condition Urges Others 'Not To Give Up'
Thursday 16 July 2020
Rider back doing what she loves after long struggle with health condition urges others ‘not to give up’
A rider who hit “rock bottom” as she struggled with an undiagnosed medical condition says she is delighted to be back doing what she loves, and urged others going through similar ordeals not to give up.
County Durham-based Rachael Warneford, 30, enjoyed showjumping her 15-year-old gelding Boo to 1.20m level but developed chronic pain in her right arm almost two years ago, after which everything became a “downward spiral”.
“The pain used to come and go at first, but then it became daily,” she told H&H.
“Doctors thought it was some kind of nerve damage, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow, but eventually it became difficult getting out of bed to go to the yard and muck out.”
Rachael underwent various medical tests and was prescribed different types of medication to control the pain but her condition did not improve.
Around two months later Rachael started developing pain in other areas of her body, and on researching her symptoms believed she had a fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that can cause pain all over the body.
“I know people say you shouldn’t look online but I started reading about fibromyalgia and realised that’s what it sounded like,” said Rachael.
“The doctors sent me for further tests to rule out any deficiencies and arthritis. Fibromyalgia can’t be diagnosed by a specific test so it’s been a process of elimination, but I now have a diagnosis.”
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