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I have been meaning to write more but this past week was one of those weeks that just seemed to go on forever. First on Monday, my family doctor diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia. This is sort of a relief because I suggested this to my former doctor but he laughed at me and then referred me to several specialists. All those specialists ordered tests and gave me prescriptions that did nothing to reduce my symptoms.

This whole journey started almost seven years ago, my son was just six months old and I was trying to lose the baby weight. So I came up with a workout and healthy eating routine. I would go run after my husband gets home from work…I was a stay at home mom at the time. I lived about ten minutes away from my alma mater (Mary Baldwin College) at the time. I loved running on campus so it made sense that I went there after hours to run on the track. It was one nice cool evening when it all began. I stretched before the run and then I ran the first mile effortlessly. The second mile felt off and so I slowed down, hoping that it would help. it obviously did not help so I stopped and walked the last couple of laps before heading home.

I got home just in time to get my little munchkins ready for bed. After they went to bed I took my shower, iced my aching ankle and drank some pain medication. This was apparently just the beginning of what has turned out to be a very long and painful journey. I have seen a cardiologist who at one point thought that I may have PAD. I have also seen a Gastroenterologist who prescribed a series of medications that he thought would help. He also advised me to change my eating habits. I have seen a neurologist for my severe headaches and they found a small aneurysm on the right side of my brain. Fast forward a few years later that aneurysm is no longer visible on any MRI. I am not even sure that there ever was one, one doctor said they it and another years later didn’t see one. I just hope that the last neurologist was correct.

Let’s see, I have also seen a psychologist because a friend and I talked and she encouraged me to see one because we were both concerned that my symptoms could be psychosomatic but that was not very helpful. I have seen an Orthopaedic and have been to physical therapy and none of it worked.

Hearing my new doctor say that she finally has a diagnoses and that she has a plan on how to handle my pain almost made me cry. I am still in pain but knowing the source of my pain is a great feeling. I know the process to finding the best treatment isn’t going to be easy either. I am very excited to know that I have finally found a doctor who actually listens and pays attention to all the symptoms because that was not the case with one of my former doctors. I might write some more about how treatment is going.

List of symptoms
Chronic pain (ankle/ right leg)
Random pain in different body parts (abdomen/lower pain)
Feminine symptoms(I rather not get too detailed about this part)
Low iron count (I take iron supplements and it is still low)
Weight fluctuates
Severe headaches

These are just some of the symptoms that I can recall at the moment. I have been dealing with some of them since I was in high school. Some of them became progressively worse over the years and I actually failed a class in college due to poor attendance. I would shy away from people for days at a time due to pain and some people called me lazy and anti-social. They did not know me nor did they bothered to ask about what was going on. I did not see a doctor about any of it until after my ankle began hurting. Looking back now, I know that I should done something about the pain sooner. You can’t change the past so I am hoping that my future is going be less painful.

No I have not stopped training for my half marathon. I did take a whole week off due to pain and other stressful family matters. I do plan on going back out there and train. The plan is to run no matter what. I love running and I will never give it up…it is after all my first love.

Thank you for stopping by 🙂

About Ballu Lee

I am a mother of three, student, runner, Christian. I also love to read, sew, garden, crochet and watch old black and white movies. My fashion icons are Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Lauren, Lena Horne, Grace Kelly, Dorothy Dandridge, Ginger Rogers and Coco Chanel. I enjoy spending time with my lovebugs, cooking and exploring the outdoors. Running is a passion of mine, has been since I was in grade school.

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  1. It is so frustrating to have dr.s not know what to do with symptoms, especially since it varies so much from person to person. I have some resources listed on my blog that may help you. Also, you may want to check out No. 4 regarding diet under the Please Know This tab. Diet can greatly alleviate symptoms! I am glad you have a doctor who is actively listening to you. It won’t be easy but one can truly find Joy.



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