My Symptoms Were Misunderstood Until Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia
The symptoms continued and became more regular. Less than a year later, I woke up with the left side of my body numb and unable to see out of my left eye. I went to emergency. After doing some neurological tests, the doctors said, “We think you have a stroke,” and kept me overnight to do more tests. All the while I kept thinking, How did I get here? I don’t belong here, yet I am here. It became clear that the Universe always puts us where we need to be to learn the lessons our soul needs most. So I gave in. I prayed. I trusted. Turns out I didn’t have a stroke (thank goodness), but at that time I was diagnosed with complex migraines, which are rare, non-fatal migraines that have the same symptoms as ‘a cerebral vascular accident.
Assuming I was out of the woods and on the road to recovery, I walked away with a jump in my step. But over the next few months, my symptoms got even worse as my fatigue turned into days of chronic exhaustion and even more weight gain, accompanied by severe depression and sharp body aches, to the point of being bedridden with muscle aches for days. at a time. I needed to know what was causing this complete body breakdown.
Over the past few years, I had seen a host of primary care physicians, neurologists, rheumatologists, and spiritual healers with no real progress in my symptoms. Sick of feeling rejected by doctors who focus on one symptom at a time and tell me it’s all in my head, or my favorite, “If you lose weight, all the symptoms will go away”, I decided to take control of my own health by taking a new approach.