Georgina Harvey is 28 and has not spent a single day completely painless due to fibromyalgia. It’s your testimony here.
When did you feel pain lately?
Whatever it may be – a headache, a shoulder twitch, a kidney stone or a foot stick – you may have recovered.
But imagine how you get up tonight every day and know that this discomfort will certainly not go away.
For people with chronic pain, this is life. Many people are disappointed because other people’s symptoms seem to be invisible and people often do not understand them and underestimate them. September is the international month of pain awareness and BBC Three has invited Georgina Harvey, a 28-year-old British woman with fibromyalgia, to share her testimony to better understand what it’s like to live constantly with this condition.
“It’s as if all the nerve endings were burned.” “I woke up as usual one morning in July 2016, but I felt a very intense pain that ran through my body as I tried to move.
It is as if all the nerve endings had been burned and I could just scream.
The smile on the photos does not reveal the pain Georgina Harvey has inflicted for four years every day.
My mother came running into my room, took me aside and stayed with me until the feeling disappeared. We knew we had an outbreak of fibromyalgia, but it was the worst I had since being diagnosed two years ago.
My problem started when I was 19 with the need to stretch my throat, shortly after I recovered from meningitis.
Then it grew into a piercing sensation of tingling in the shoulders and a deep pain in the back.
I thought it was due to poor posture, but the pain was almost constant when I turned 21.
I did x-rays, blood tests, MRI scans, but nothing was seen.
They gave me strong painkillers and every time the pain became unbearable the doctor increased the dose or type.
I described the discomfort as the worst abdominal pain you can imagine, but on my back, as if it had burst in my ribs, combined with intense chest pressure.
Since morphine was the only alternative I had to face, I was granted medical leave and was referred to a rheumatologist who led me to my diagnosis.
“Everything has had an impact: work, exercise, social life,” says Georgina.
He described what fibromyalgia is: chronic pain caused by a key nervous system disorder, but said that there was no specific treatment or cure, just ways to deal with the problem.
I spent many years doing the things I suggested: pills, yoga, swimming, physical therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, but there was nothing to alleviate the pain.