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Tammy’s Story (Fibromyalgia)

Tammy's Story (Fibromyalgia) Hi, I’m 46, soon to be 47 on July 31. I was battling massive pain throughout my body and saw many doctors in 2003 and 2004. Finally, I found out I have Fibromyalgia. I was taken off work in 2003 and filed for disability.  I fought until I finally got a Lawyer in 2008. I won my case in 2009. Fighting this disease is hard but I do what I can.

In 2010, on April 25th, I had gastric bypass. Now in June 2011 I am down 160 lbs. From meds and just unable to get around, my weight had gotten up to 402. Wow, what a change! I still have Fibromyalgia but it’s easier to get around, when I can.

I just take one day at a time and pray every day that we will get cures for these diseases. We can go to the moon so what’s the deal. God Bless all and keep the faith!!!

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!!! Just as it says..

Submitted 6-16-11

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. Shayla

    Dear Tammy,

    I like all the good advise about fibromyalgia. I’m glad that you found out about your pain being chromic pain. Like you, I also have this disability, I’m trying to win a disability case as well. I hope I do, because I know it’s a real condition. lol. Have you heard that they are training a new service dog to help individuals who suffer from fibro too. I found out that anyone who is filed as disabled can own a service dog! If poeple can have one for allergies and diabeties, Fibromyalgia sufferers should certainly be able to own one! Don’t you think?

    Thanks for the advise, Shayla

    • Tammy Chase

      Well no I have not heart that agout the dogs, that is so cool I might have to look int that one… Im glad the info I have posted helps people the long road to winning your disabilty is hard but keep it up dont give up… Our disease is invisable to most people we dont look sick, but if you spend 1 day in our shoes a person would understand… all I can say GET A GOOD LAWYER!!! If any one has any question fill free to ask me. my email is
      Thanks and soft hugs.

  2. mo

    Congrats on the weight loss! Unbelievable. Glad you feel better because of it!

  3. melissa

    i feel your pain was so frustrated working just had a baby at 22 and did not know what was going on was bout 2 loose it if i did not get answers finally i went 2 specilast got told it was fibro and had alot 2 do w alot of my health issues so i listened diet worked out swam took there meds but im bigger than i was when i was prego i dont eat much so im not getting it also they put me on a thyroid pill so i just pray one day there will be a cure i fight so hard 4 my daughter 2 stay positive sometimes i want 2 scream and cry but instead i pray put it in the lords hands because im getting tired and frustrated the doctors really do try 2 help but i really want 2 lose the weight

  4. siobhan

    Wow! I am taking Lyrica and am afraid that I am going to just keep gaining weight. Has anyone taken lyrica and gained a massive amount of weight?

    • Sylvia Fountain-Wilson

      Not only did I gain weight on Lyrica, it made me so “fuzzy headed” like I was in a daze all the time. I couldn’t concentrate or remember anything! My doctor changed my medication to Savella, but that gave me terrible night sweats; I would wake up during the night in a pool of sweat like I was having hot flashes. He changed my medication to Cymbalta 60 MG, once in the a.m. and again at night. This has helped more than anything. The pain is still to the point of bad days and good days, but at least I do have good days! If you haven’t tried Cymbalta, I’d say it’s worth a shot for you!

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