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Jennifer Embree
Dayton, OH


I am twenty-two, a college student, a bride-to-be, and every day I struggle with the trials of Fibromyalagia. I started having symptoms when I was fifteen; numbing of the hands and feet, fatigue, Raynaud's syndrome, and numerous others. I went to my Pediatrician and was referred to a Rheumatologist. I was told there was nothing she could do for me; she was the head of Rheumatology at a very prestigious teaching hospital. As time passed my symptoms became more consistent, depression set in, digestive problems, sensitivities to noise, light, and smell, horrible pain radiating throughout my whole body, fatigue, and exhaustion. After much frustration with the doctors who continued to put me on medication after medication, I began to take my health in my own hands. After much research I came up with Fibromyalgia. I took my self-diagnosis to my Rheumatologist and after many struggles got him to agree: I have Fibromyalgia. So what does all this mean? Every day is a struggle, I cannot hold a job and I fear for my future. FM is a chronic illness, there are no two ways about it, many people suffer from its effects and as for me; it has ensured my distrust for our health care system. My life has been greatly effected by Fibromyalgia, for I know this will be with me for life.

YOUR STORIES
Karin M. Amour, Fibromyalgia
Lyssa Bode, Chronic Fatigue Immune Disfunction Syndrome
Frankie Campling, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Laura Cerasuolo, Fibromyalgia/Myofacialsyndrome
Karen Cerio, Fibromyalgia
Rhonda Dewinter, Various Immune Diseases
Jennifer Embree, Fibromyalgia/Raynaud's Syndrome
Lynne Enman, Turner Syndrome/Various
Fibromyalgia Patient, Covington, KY
John Kennedy, Chronic Fatigue Immune Disfunction Syndrome
Susan Larick, Fibromyalgia
Melissa Lawler, Fibromyalgia
Irene Leeder, Fibromyalgia/Various
Cait Lommel, Pseudotumor Cerebri
Jennifer Munn, Chronic Lyme Disease
Robin Poole, Fibromyalgia/Lupus
Pam Schmidt, Phenylketonuria
Lynn Tonoli, Various
Various Patient, Haughton, LA
Suzanne Witt, Muscular Dystrophy/Fibromyalgia

ARCHIVED STORIES

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Jose Pedro Greer, Physician
W.F. Nagle, Physician
Ronda Riebman, Exercise
Cathleen Schilling, Case Manager
Jim Sykes

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