I started having pain in my feet at the age of 5, I remember going on a road trip when I was six years old to go get checked at a children’s hospital in Quebec. They deemed my condition at the time to be growing pains, my parents did not question it any further.
From a young age every single night I would get those pains in my feet, I had to take Tylenols to get relief. This pain continued all of my childhood and adolescence.
In 8th grace one day I was sitting at my desk and had this immense pain in my back and could barely walk. My dad brought me to an afterhours clinic, they prescribed me physiotherapy. It is the physiotherapist who then found my spine to not be aligned and suggested I might have scoliosis. My orthopedist confirmed that diagnosis I was followed until 18 years of age.
In my 20’s I noticed that my pain became slowly more intense and was crawling up my legs and hip. At the age of 27 the pain was now spanning my entire body. I questioned this very much, after many blood tests and questioning to rule out any other conditions I got diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Being a Licensed practical nurse, I find it very difficult to now be the patient instead of the caretaker. My life did a 360 and I am now learning to adjust to my condition, with the help of my health care team as well as the support I get from the Chronic illness warriors’ group I know that I am not alone and that there will always be help out there for me.