This month I will be sharing Alisa’s fibromyalgia story. Alisa story shows how strong of a person she is, her attitude and determination is inspiring. My story it’s a bit of a long one from start to now but here we go. I first noticed something was wrong after getting my most recent forearm tattoo back in December. Prior to having gotten that tattoo I’d gotten a half sleeve on the other arm which went fine, other than some swelling. This tattoo however was very different. I barely made it through the session because the pain became so unbearable. I nearly fainted and my arm had swelled so much we could no longer continue working. Once the arm had healed I noticed there was an issue with the area still being swollen. It wasn’t hot nor red which would indicate an infection just swollen . So I told my dr about the problem. The swelling stayed in that one location for a few months. About may of this year my doctor ordered testing to rule out a blood clot in the fore arm, which of course came back fine because that was never the issue. She was very stuck on the issue being the tattoo . After the testing was completed I began having symptoms outside of the forearm extending upward into my shoulder. There was edema that would come and go . This eventually made its way down the right side of my body to include my leg. My droctor at the time was still fixated on my tattoo. Being the culprit and told me I needed to give it time. I persisted in my complaints and she ended up putting me on a short course of steroids . The steroids while causing me horrible full body pain did seem to help a bit. That was until I got to the taper dose during which time my entire body swelled up causing me to go to the E.R . At the E.R they ran numerous tests on me which discovered I had inflammation in my blood , a high red count and more. My doctor ended up sending me to another more qualified doctor within our clinic, who ran rheumatic tests on me and my ANA came back positive . I was referred out to a Rheumatologist who was able to diagnose me with fibromyalgia at this point, currently having 18 tender points on my body. He began me on a low dose of gabapentin which I take three times a day . It’s helped tremendously with managing my condition , however I’ve also made lifestyle changes as well such as switching to a vegetarian / pescatarian diet which I’ve found helps so much with not only with inflammation but also with IBS symptoms as well. I work out about 6 days a week which was hard at first but I’ve learned the best way to avoid a pain backlash at least for my body is to get my workout done early on and I’m less likely to suffer as much later on. I’m also a really big believer in auqua aerobics because it’s been so amazing for my body. The pool is honestly the one place I don’t have pain, so I cannot recommend it enough! I get a lot of resistance from my family and my doctor, on what I’m doing with working out and how much activity I do. I’m still new to this lifestyle. I suppose most people kind of assume I should be resting or doing far less?.. but that’s just not where I want to be with my life. I’ve spent a lot of time researching other cases of people who have successfully treated this condition holistically and I hope to be there one day. For now I have just made dietary changes. And I push through pain so I can test limits. I’m happy to see where I can go from here and I want to be strong and healthy. I’m just one of those people who refuses to allow pain to dictate their life .
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