Fibromyalgia warrior, Katherine Williams-Watson, was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2020. Katherine has agreed to add her face to Faces & Stories of Fibromyalgia and would like to share her story with us.
I’m so grateful that Katherine has shared this, as each story told raises Fibromyalgia awareness and helps fellow sufferers.
You can connect with Katherine by following her on Instagram, the_fibro_chronicles
I was only recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2020.
My story started back in 2016 after a car accident. This resulted in physical and mental trauma. At the time, I did not have a family doctor, was working two jobs, and was a full time University student. I was on track to completing my degree on time.
My life completely changed after this accident. I had to begin weekly physio, massage, and chiro treatment. I found that these treatments caused more pain than relief. They were operating on me blindly and had no idea what was exactly going on with me, or what my body was actually able to tolerate.
As I did not have a family doctor, it took me a while to find someone willing to take me on as a patient. This was before I knew of the stigma that surrounded Fibromyalgia. I could not understand why the process of finding someone to help me was so difficult.
Finally, after years of searching, I found a family doctor willing to work with me, and to help discover why I was feeling the way I was. I was able to get a referral to a Neurologist and a Rheumatologist. This resulted in a variety of tests being done on me, in order to rule out any other possible illnesses. We received most of my results coming back, and they we all relatively normal. Some results showed degenerative disc disease, bulging discs, minor scoliosis, and cysts in the shoulder blade. All the results lead further and further to Fibromyalgia.
Having been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, has really allowed me to accept my illness for what it is. Prior to this, I felt very lost in a sea of symptoms. I have just started seeing an Osteopath and I am really trying to stay positive for good results. I frequently practice mindfulness and yoga, to help ease the pain in my body. My biggest struggle has been learning how to pace myself and learning how to say no. My Psychotherapist has been very helpful with this.
My best suggestion is to find a medical team that is willing to work with you and not against you. Once you have this, it is much easier to advocate for what you need in order to get well again.