Fibromyalgia warrior, Colin Crawford suffers from Fibromyalgia. Colin has added his face and story to Faces & Stories of Fibromyalgia. I am so grateful that Colin has shared this, as each story told raises awareness and helps fellow sufferers.
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Sunday 25th March 2018. A strangely conflicting day. Finally, receiving a diagnosis following many, many appointments, but it was one that would change my life.
January 2017, a lifting accident at work would cause more trauma than first expected, and I was rushed to hospital in an ambulance following that! 14 months of appointments, pain, stroke specialists, cardiologists, more pain, xrays, needles, shrinks, and you guessed it, even more pain.
I was always an active individual. I played football from as young as I can remember, and I was always exercising. In a 5 minute appointment, gone.
Sure, it was great to have a name for everything I had been experiencing. The constant pain. Fatigue. The fibro fog (oh how I hate this!). However, I was learning that I would never be able to get back to the active life I had prior to my accident.
The past two years have been a struggle. Trying to adjust to a different lifestyle, listening to my body more to limit flare ups (I learned about these the hard way) and dealing with the symptoms daily.
Every day I am learning something new about this condition, or a new way to ease the symptoms, even slightly. My Fibro journey is still in its infancy, I plan on using my journey to learn as much as I can from it, but also share that with those who don’t understand what we go through.