About Living With Fibromyalgia Daily

Hello my name is Joy and welcome to my website! First, I want to admit that am quite new to putting my thoughts on something electronic which is a big step for me. In fact, before I created this blog, I’ve been used to doing my journaling on paper and that was the best way for me to write my thoughts and feelings about things down for years.  Now, writing on paper sometimes hurts my hands at times and it’s my goal to write more in hopes that it will become a second career; I think writing in a website is much less painful for me and, I can reach out to more people writing this way.

My Story

I was a go getter for all of my life and there were a lot of rough spots to overcome after high school. I was accepted to Wayne State University which took 29 years for me to graduate. It took that long because I needed to work and take care of my parents. Life interrupts but, I didn’t setbacks stop me. I took a couple of classes here and there because I still had the dream to graduate someday and I did; first with the associates in liberal arts at Oakland Community College in 2010 then the bachelor of science degree from Wayne State University in 2014.

I also worked as a pharmacy technician for 31 years and loved my job. I enjoyed helping the patients and It felt good seeing the ill get well or at least in a position where they got what they needed to maintain whatever medical conditions they were dealing with. However; I was on my feet a lot and it was pretty hard on my knees and back but to me it was just one of those things that came with the job. Over time, the backaches got worse. I had excellent doctors who treated me with anti-inflamatories, physical therapy, steroid injections, and radiofrequency ablations. I had planned on working until I reached 70 and just semi-retire to do other things like painting landscapes and write but things didn’t turn out that way.

By the end of 2013, I was diagnosed with having mild arthritis which slowed me down but it didn’t stop me even if I had the hardest times walking from point A to point B. First, I walked with a cane, then the walker, then I needed a wheelchair. I also wore various kinds of back and knee braces and used every over the counter pain rubs in existence. In 2016 I had problems working because of the pain issues, plus I had fatigue so bad, I struggled to walk to my car. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in November 2016 and that was it the straw that broke the camel’s back. Because of the pain and constant fatigue, I had no choice but to give up my dream job which was heartbreaking. I still have off and on battles accepting my new situation but now, I’m free to write the next chapter of my story.

My New Mission

I also dealt with other medical conditions over the years like asthma and type 2 diabetes but dealing with chronic pain from arthritis and Fibromyalgia along with the other issues that came with them as I get older was been a huge challenge for me. I’ve had so many trips through the medical system and at the same time the pain and fatigue made it impossible for me to work and concentrate so I decided to retire early as medically disabled  in June of 2017.

My head still spins over everything I learned in regards to taking better care of myself with the medications I have to take. I am also learning about the latest in exercise and nutrition through Integrative Medicine. What I want to do is help people avoid some of the drama I went through what by sharing what I learned from the treatments, both conventional and holistic treatments I received for pain. If I can do this for someone who just discovered they have Fibromyalgia and don’t know what to do and need advice from other people who live with the debilitating Fibromyalgia symptoms, then I know I’ve found my second calling.

The Goals for This Blog

The goal of this website is to share Fibromyalgia information, health tips, gentle exercise tips, and essential oil information I learned to help people who suffer from chronic pain ailments such as Fibromyalgia and other related conditions.

I learned quite a bit in my experiences of having to live with this condition and or disease through many trips to various medical professionals and, the information I share is not to replace your treatment from your own physicians but I just want to spread the word on how the medical community is treating people who live with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

I will also share nutritional information I get from medical and nutritional experts because some of the foods we eat can also worsen and bring on fibro flares. Finally, I hope to learn things from you as well and, I will pick some of them to publish with you as the star.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Joy West

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