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Fibromyalgia Is A Painful Condition, Of Which Little Is Understood
Wednesday 27 September 2017
From Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald:
Fibromyalgia is a painful condition, of which little is understood
In childhood photographs, you can pick me out by the dark circles under my eyes. Insomnia would probably be one of my first memories, had sleeplessness not eroded my ability to form them. Then came the pain. I don't remember how old I was when it began - but, slowly, my still-growing muscles filled with a strange buzzing. I told my dad that it felt like my blood had been replaced by mustard gas.
I visited doctors, who said what I was feeling was "normal" – even though none of my peers seemed to be experiencing anything similar. They were in the fullness of puberty; yelling across sports fields with newly lowered voices. I was in the background; a vampire, wiped out by simply staying upright in class. Then when night came, I couldn't sleep.
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