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Joseline’s Story (Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Endometriosis)

Purple RibbonHello my name is Joseline, I have been diagnosed with IBS since 2001, then I got diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2008 along with severe ongoing chronic pain and endometriosis. I have had three surgeries total; one myomectomy for six fibroid’s that they found, the second surgery was a laparoscopy for scar tissue, and the third surgery was for huge cyst removal because my intestine was stuck together.  Since this last surgery in 2013 they left me with a dislocated bone in my back because I was placed on the surgery table in the wrong placed, which left me with excruciating lower back pain.

I am a mental health practitioner and a dance instructor and I just returned back to work in the beginning this year, but I was still teaching dance part time despite of my pain. I have been on every heavy pain narcotics you can think of and I decided to go cold turkey last year after my surgery. Now I am struggling with the excessive bloated I am not sure if it’s the IBS or endometriosis. The chronic pain is coming back little by little, but I can take it, I have strong stamina for pain. I refuse to go back on any pain medicine when my last doctor provided me with methadone which I was shocked when he said I can try to have kids while being on methadone, that’s when I decided to take a stand and go cold turkey.

Can anyone help me with how you deal with the excessive bloated because I went from a size five to a size eight which I have never been this size in my life. I am pretty sure there is someone out there who can help me with this, believe me I have tried everything I mean everything. I am allergic to meat, no dairy product, I have even tried diet programs as well, and I don’t eat at all at this point but still am bloated. I have been a vegetarian for 13 years and I still don’t understand what’s going on with the bloating. Please help because I have been fighting for myself for several years now and I am tired at this point.

Submitted 06/23/2014

The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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  1. NunyaBeezwax

    Gaining from a size 5 to an 8 is no big deal, at all. With aging, it can be normal. Especially with your decreasing activity level. Your metabolism is slowing. The most crucial regimen in staying healthy and beating disease/disorders, is exercise. Daily activity is a must! No matter what. Increasing your activity level and broaden the variety of activities you participate in, over time, can do more good than any pharmaceutical and has no negative side effects. Plus, the positive results from this, are almost immediately noticeable. If walking is too exhausting, try bike riding. If aerobics seem impossible, start out by just stretching. Then take it up a level and stretch outdoors. Your energy level will naturally increase, your adrenaline will motivate and the time will relax your mind and help you find focus (kinda like meditation). Hope you can get something from this. Good luck. Changing you perception, can change your life.

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