How A Visit To My Wedding Venue Left Me With Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Above is the definition of Fibromyalgia, via the MayoClinic’s website. This is an incurable disorder that causes your body chronic pain, among other symptoms. My story begins in 2017 shortly after my husband and I were engaged, I was bit by a Tick. We had finished touring our wedding venue, when we discovered the tick had latched on to me. At the time, our concern was the possibility of Lyme Disease. Exactly seven days after discovering the tick, I started to experience excruciating widespread pain and a splitting headache. I immediately went to the Emergency Room where they tested me for all tick borne illnesses. To my dismay, the tests all came back negative. 

After the ER, I saw more doctors and was tested for Lyme again and all the tests came back negative. I was given a full course of antibiotics for Lyme, just in case, but in the meantime no one could explain why I was in pain. 

I spent three weeks in bed, because I could barely walk. Every step sent a searing sharp pain up my leg. It was as if every step I took, was on this endless sea of Lego pieces. I was in hell! Whenever I was alone, I had to use a cane, because I feared the pain would cause my legs to give out on me.

After all of my tests coming back “normal” with the exception of a high ANA, I was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I was in disbelief and also relieved. How could this disorder have manifested so suddenly after a tick bite? The way my doctor explained it, my body’s response to any bacteria from the tick bite, changed the way my nerves process pain. Once I had the diagnosis, I started my journey to improve my quality of life and manage my pain. I tried prescription medication, holistic medicine, meditation, changing my diet, and CBD oil. Some worked great, while others not so great. I’ll be posting about all the treatments I’ve tried on this blog, in hopes that my experiences can help someone else struggling with this disorder.