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'NO STRENGTH' Squirrel Bite Gave Me Fibromyalgia And Now I'll Never Be Able To Run Again
Friday 21 February 2020
'NO STRENGTH' Squirrel bite gave me fibromyalgia and now I’ll never be able to run again
LISA PEARSON, 50, a parenting coach, lives in St Albans with husband David, 51, an accountant, and children Max, 14, and Willow, 10.
Here, she opens up about her seven-year battle living with chronic pain.
Lying in bed, I gasped in agony as pain coursed through my body right to the tips of my fingers and toes.
It was so bad that I couldn’t bear my children Willow, then two, and Max, six, or my husband touching my skin.
But this wasn’t a severe case of flu with muscular pains – it was an attack of acute fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition I’ve battled every day for seven years.
Before fibromyalgia set in, I was in great health. I worked as a senior mental health therapist, and though juggling my career with having a family was hard work, I still managed to fit in daily runs.
But in January 2011, I was bitten by a squirrel in our local park. One of our dogs had picked it up in his mouth, and as I retrieved it, the squirrel bit me on the finger.
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