Fibromyalgia warrior, Milagro Bonilla, suffers from Fibromyalgia. Milagro has added her face and story to Faces & Stories of Fibromyalgia. I am so grateful that Milagro has shared this, as each story told raises awareness and helps fellow sufferers.
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From what I can remember, my journey with Fibromyalgia started around October 2017. Brain fog, fatigue, and joint pain were the symptoms I felt the most. I started noticing a pattern of these symptoms during my daily routines. I began to experience more symptoms as the months went by. Flu like symptoms, pins and needles in my feet every night, noise sensitivity, light sensitivity, nausea, and a lot more.
Life changed because I became someone new, someone who at a point I didn’t recognize. Daily, I became irritated a lot quicker by others around me, as being in constant pain was not easy. I had blood work done for over a year and still couldn’t get any diagnosis. I had 5 separate sets of blood work , a knee x ray, 2 Allergist and a Rheumatologist consultation, before my diagnosis was confirmed.
I believe that if I hadn’t kept trying, I would still be undiagnosed. My doctors thought I was too young to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I am 27 years old now, but I know I’ve had Fibromyalgia since at least the age of 22. Recalling my younger years, I realize that I was already experiencing minor symptoms then.
I believe the cause of my Fibromyalgia was life stressors and traumas that I didn’t take care of during my teenage years. As I did more research after my diagnosis, I learned that there was no cure. No cure to me means no medication that is specifically for Fibromyalgia. I tried Duloxetine and Gabapentin at different milligrams a few times each. The side effects caused more symptoms on top of everything I was feeling. Blurred vision and extreme nausea were the main ones. I decided a few months ago that I wouldn’t keep taking medications that weren’t helpful at all.
I currently meditate and stretch as much as possible throughout the week. I try my best not to overdo it every day when it comes to house chores or work now. It’s important to put yourself first in everyday life situations. Fibromyalgia has taught me that mind and body connection is very important when living with a chronic illness. I hope to heal to a level where I will experience less pain than I have in the past few years.