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UK Sisters Cope With Fibromyalgia, Balancing Various Treatments

Tuesday 5 March 2019


From UK newspaper the Record-Courier:


Kim Polatas and her sister, Jamie Dobson
Kim Polatas and her sister, Jamie Dobson, both suffer from
fibromyalgia and struggle day by day to treat it.
(Photo: Kevin Graff, Record-Courier)

Sisters cope with fibromyalgia, balancing various treatments

By Bob Gaetjens
March 3, 2019
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Every day is different for sisters Kim Polatas, of Kent, and Jamie Dobson, of Suffield, but not in a good way.

Excruciating pain can pop up in different locations and in varying degrees from day to day, sometimes rendering them unable to function. Both live with fibromyalgia, which manifests differently from person to person and from day to day, Polatas said.

“I was up at 2 a.m.,” she said Thursday. “You kind of toss and turn a little while and finally pop a couple Tramadol just to get some sleep. It’s so random.”

Dobson said she just never knows where the pain will go.

“My big toe the other day was hurting so bad I just wanted to scream,” she said. “It’s just stupid.”

Although the pain varies, one thing that doesn’t is the presence of pain, they both said.

“I’m in pain every single day,” Polatas said. “There’s never a day when I don’t have pain. You manage it as best you can with pain medications.”

The disease is caused by a malfunction in the nervous system, Polatas explained.


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