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Karen Cerio
Waverly, NY


I am a 49-year-old woman who was diagnosed a year ago with Fibromyalgia. This is a devastating, painful, misunderstood disease. I have worked very hard all my adult life, working both full time and part time all at once. This condition totally changes every aspect of your life. There are over 10 million people afflicted with this condition in America. There are over 50 complications that accompany Fibromyalgia, of which I personally have 27. I start off my days not being able to get out of bed because I'm so stiff that I can't even move to get my medicine . I take pain pills, muscle relaxers, antidepressants. (This is what this disability reduces you to). A beta-blocker as I have developed heart problems . A year ago, the only medicine I took was Tylenol. I cannot work because I have absolutely no energy, strength, or time in which I am pain-free. How am I supposed to live and pay my bills and eat? I have applied for SSD and, of course, have been turned down like most of the people that have Fibromyalgia.

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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