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Hidden Illness: 'I Had To Retire From Work At 29 On Medical Grounds. I Was Devastated'

Sunday 21 April 2019


From Ireland's Image magazine:



Hidden illness: 'I had to retire from work at 29 on medical grounds. I was devastated'

By Jennifer McShane
18 April 2019
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Next, in our Hidden Illness series, we meet 29-year-old Sarah from Dublin, whose illness began at age 10 when she was one of the youngest people in the country to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. She tells Jennifer McShane of the heartbreaking reality that comes with daily pain management and having to retire from work at only 29.

Sarah's pain and health issues began before she was even a teenager. "I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when I was 10, at the time I was told I was one of the youngest people they had seen with it and not a lot was known about the condition. I went from being an extremely healthy and active, bright young child to a child who lived in constant pain and was highly medicated for most of my young adult life."

"I remember being a really active child, horse riding was my number one passion, I had my poor parents pestered for a pony but to no avail! I did lessons every week and pony camps every summer and just loved every second of it. When I was about 10 I remember getting quite a bad virus. Once I had recovered I got back to my usual routine but started noticing that I was getting very tired and lethargic quickly, having trouble concentrating and most of all my legs were in pain. I can remember going to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre vividly and having to stop on a bench in tears because I couldn’t walk any further due to pain. From there I remember seeing the GP and "growing pains" being mentioned but my symptoms got worse. Eventually, I was sent to Temple Street where the consultant diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia."


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