US$340.00Donated So Far
I have had fibromyalgia symptoms since I was 8 years old, but wasn't diagnosed until I was 33. This was because of a combination of my doctors having poor knowledge about the syndrome and a long phase where I refused to seek medical treatment. As any chronic illness sufferer knows, however, receiving that diagnosis didn't solve anything because having fibromyalgia became the automatic explanation for any symptom that cropped up.
For this reason, it never occurred to me that the way my health has declined since my bout of covid in March 2021 was a result of having had the illness. Even the fact that I have discovered that it was the cause is a fluke – I was simply reading recent news stories and stumbled across Don Ford's Substack, where he has posted a long, comprehensive article enumerating the symptoms that can be attributed to having long covid. Every time inn the past year I made a trip to a doctor and reported a new symptom –an increase in bouts of vertigo in April, more trouble focusing and concentrating in June, a decline in my ability to choose the word I wanted while speaking in September, and more as the months went on – the connection to that infection was never made.
However, something seemed to break back in March. The digestive trouble I'd started having in January got worse, as well as my high blood pressure, and I also began having multiple new symptoms I had never had before then.
That brings us to today and my decision to put up this fundraiser. My blood pressure is currently completely out of control, despite being on medication for it, and until I can get in to see a cardiologist for it, I am effectively bedbound and unable to work. My father is currently paying my bills, but we would appreciate any support from the community as possible at this time until a course of treatment can be determined.
April 19, 2022Update posted by Martienne Witsberger at 05:32 pm
I made today's appointment for the gastroenterologist 3 weeks ago because of a new digestive symptom, before I connected the dots that this is all being cvaused by long covid. The appointment was this morning. I had my 22-year-old daughter write my list of symptoms down on paper beforehand so. . . . .
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