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'I Went From Being A Salsa Dancer To Someone Who Couldn't Put On My Own Socks'

Friday 13 January 2017


From Irish newspaper The Independent:


Deirdre Ryan
Deirdre Ryan has lived with fibromyalgia and the
many setbacks it brings since she was 25.
(Photo: Colin O’Riordan)

'I went from being a salsa dancer to someone who couldn't put on my own socks'

With 13pc of the Irish population affected by chronic pain, Deirdre Ryan sheds a light on what it's like living with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis

By Deirdre Ryan

This is not a sob story, I'm not trying to get your vote, or win The X-Factor. My story is one of hope and resilience. My journey started eight years ago when I was 25, with a very gradual dull pain in my lower abdomen and groin.

I was an active, typical 25-year-old. I salsa danced, worked out, travelled, and worked hard in an insurance company. I thrived on being busy and social. All my blood tests were clear, an X-ray was clear, and yet the pain, becoming sharper, didn't ease without analgesics.

Then the fatigue set in, a wash of lethargy that swept over me like a black glue where every movement was an effort and I began to ache. A bone ache deep in my joints, I was sensitive to even touch. My whole system went haywire.


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