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Fibromyalgia Recovery Stories

We have helped create some of the most fantastic Fibromyalgia recovery stories and success stories over the last few decades, and below you can find a small sample of Fibromyalgia recovery stories, along with some amazing success stories from our hypermobility rehab programmes. Two of our favourite Fibromyalgia recovery stories are that of Debra Carey and Louise Ramshaw.

 


Recovery from Fibromyalgia: 3 years later

After being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by one of the UK’s top rheumatologists, 51-year-old Debs spent nearly 8 years in chronic pain along with crushing fatigue.  Debs had spent almost a decade in pain and things were only getting worse for her. She had resorted to using a crutch as her mobility was slowly fading away, she was spending more and more time in the house, and her social life became non existent. The less Debs did, the worse she felt, but doing more just sent her into a flare up, and Debs eventually paced her self into a box that she thought she would never get out of.

As her pain started to spread into previously unpainful areas of her body, Debs described Fibromyalgia as robbing her of being able to care for and play with her grandchildren. This utterly broke Debs, as she couldn’t even pick them up to cuddle or even sit them on her lap.

In October 2017, as Deb’s grandchildren were growing up fast and faster, she had enough of missing out and sitting on the sidelines. Debs started her programme with us with the goal to be recovered from Fibromyalgia by Christmas and to be able to sit on the floor and play with her grandchildren.

Debs did indeed make a full recovery from fibromyalgia, not a remission, a full recovery, and her fibromyalgia recovery is one of our favourite stories to date. After her recovery, Deb was able to hold her grandchildren without pain and her world slowly opened back up.

Free of pain, Debs even decided to take on the mammoth task of opening her own business after her Fibromyalgia recovery. Deb’s recovery story still remains one of our favourite success stories to date.

Three years on from her recovery, we had the chance to catch up with Debs at the business she started all those years ago, and had the opportunity to see how Debs was living her life now that it wasn’t limited by chronic pain.

Fibromyalgia recovery stories like Deborah’s often gain media attention and hers was featured in her local newspaper, which you can read here.

Lousie's fibromyalgia recovery

Louise’s issues first started in 2010 when she realised her busy work-life as a nurse was starting to become incrementally harder. From 2010 onwards multiple factors occurred in her life to create a perfect breeding ground for Fibromyalgia to manifest. Some of these factors included where, when Louise almost died during childbirth, when medical professionals found an aneurysm, and when she was hit by a drunk driver.

As the pain began to spread, Louise started to develop issues with her feet, namely issues with her ankles. Her Achilles tendons would restrict her movement and  It was soon after this that she started using mobility aids to move around.

Eventually, Lousie was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and had to medically retire from the job that she loved so much.

After feeling no better when she had nerves burnt to help with her pain, Louise was told by doctors that her last resort was to surgically release her Achilles tendons and claves, with a 12 month recovery period for each leg, of which they wanted to operate on separately. When Louise heard this, she uprooted her life and moved to the Uk to seek our help, and so her programme began.

Louise was kind enough to let us record some of her Fibromyalgia recoveries, and we love to watch it back to see the changes in her at the different stages.

In Louise’s first videos she seems so deflated despite making some good early improvement. However, by week 8 she is doing things that she thought she would never be able to do again, and we think this comes out so much in the videos as she seems a completely different person.

And by Louise’s last video which was taken post Fibromyalgia recovery, Lousie was full of hope again, and now being able to do whatever she wanted, she could see a world of new possibilities.

More Recovery Stories

Courtney – Chiairmalformation/Mobility

An MRI scan revealed an awkward fall in December 2016 triggered a brain condition called Chiari malformation in young Courtney: … Continue reading Courtney – Chiairmalformation/Mobility

Becky – CRPS

When former world champion kickboxer Becky Thompson had to ditch her sport after injuring her leg, she found she soon … Continue reading Becky – CRPS

Lauren – EDS

It’s been 5 years since Lauren first hobbled into the studio on crutches and in lots of pain, and what … Continue reading Lauren – EDS

Jane: EDS

When I found out about Adam and The Fibro Guy I had been struggling with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome for 23 … Continue reading Jane: EDS

Ehlers Danlos syndrome: Steve

When we first opened up the programme online, Steven in Thailand was hot on the case and became one of … Continue reading Ehlers Danlos syndrome: Steve

Eilidh’s Hypermobility recovery

Eilidh: The first photo was taken this time last year when I was in the darkest place I’ve ever been in. … Continue reading Eilidh’s Hypermobility recovery

Annmarie – Fibromyalgia

Annemarie’s history: “In 2007, after going through a really stressful time in my life and whilst also suffering from a … Continue reading Annmarie – Fibromyalgia

Vaila: EDS

When Vaila’s issues with EDS and hypermobility started to get worse, she had to stop all sport including the one … Continue reading Vaila: EDS

Hedda – EDS

Hedda: “ I was sick from the age of 9, battling with pain, dislocations and subluxations on a daily basis. … Continue reading Hedda – EDS

Jane – Hypermobility

Jane- “1997 – The year I started my relationship with chronic pain. 2019 – The year it stopped” “If you’re … Continue reading Jane – Hypermobility

Lucy: EDS

I felt an immediate bond with Lucy when we first met in person, under the guise of a delicate young … Continue reading Lucy: EDS

Sarah – Chronic pain and fatigue

Sarah’s Chronic Fatigue Recovery Story We are always impressed with the amount of effort, education, and determination that our clients … Continue reading Sarah – Chronic pain and fatigue

I want to be free of this pain

I want to be free of this pain, that’s what Hannah told her practitioner, Jonny when she first met him. Little … Continue reading I want to be free of this pain

Rach – Chiari-malformation/mobility

Rach underwent surgery for a condition known as Chari malformation around 3 years ago. Shortly afterwards she started to experience left … Continue reading Rach – Chiari-malformation/mobility

Marie: Fibromyalgia

The only reason Marie even knew who were, was because she was selling her truck to the guys next door … Continue reading Marie: Fibromyalgia

Kit: FIbromyalgia

When I first met Kit she was in the grip of a big flare up. She relied on other people … Continue reading Kit: FIbromyalgia

Lisa – Fibromyalgia

After a freak accident in 2014 involving a blow to the head from a falling can of hairspray from a … Continue reading Lisa – Fibromyalgia

Angela – EDS

Angela had suffered from subluxations due to hypermobility and EDS for many years, and one day stumbled across the website. … Continue reading Angela – EDS

Helen – Chronic pain

Helen: “I have had arthritis since I was two, but it was manageable until I turned 30. Following a flare … Continue reading Helen – Chronic pain

Aysun – Hypermobility (International client)

Aysun: “At the age of 23 I injured my back and it affected my life very seriously. I couldn’t carry … Continue reading Aysun – Hypermobility (International client)

Lucy – Fibromyalgia

Every so often, someone puts into words EXACTLY how I used to feel, and my favourite one has to be … Continue reading Lucy – Fibromyalgia

Samantha – Fibromyalgia

“Ok, I’m not too sure how to even begin thanking Adam and the team for the life-changing journey I have … Continue reading Samantha – Fibromyalgia

Cheryl – Fibromyalgia

Cheryl: It’s almost a year since I last since I finished my programme at The Fibro Guy and I am … Continue reading Cheryl – Fibromyalgia

Sandra – Fibromyalgia

“My body feels under attack, my knees are agony and my legs are giving way, I am now unable to … Continue reading Sandra – Fibromyalgia

Dianne – Fibromyalgia 11 Years

“Hi, my name is Diane. I was diagnosed with Fibro 11 years ago. For three years my doctors fed me … Continue reading Dianne – Fibromyalgia 11 Years

Alex – Hypermobility and POTS

7 weeks ago Alex came into the studio in a motorised wheel chair unable to stand for more than a … Continue reading Alex – Hypermobility and POTS

Catherine – Chronic pain/fatigue

Catherine: I contracted glandular fever in 2017 after a very busy and stressful time in my life. Prior to this, … Continue reading Catherine – Chronic pain/fatigue

Nicola – Fibromyalgia

Nicola: “I can’t remember when I started suffering with headaches and fatigue but it’s definitely been most of my adult … Continue reading Nicola – Fibromyalgia

Julie – Fibromyalgia

    Just after my 40th birthday I was bowled over by my horse and tossed in the air about … Continue reading Julie – Fibromyalgia

Julia – EDS

Julia: It actually took quite a long time before I figured out I was hypermobile. Things started to go downhill … Continue reading Julia – EDS

Steve – Chronic pain and fatigue

Steve’s Chronic Fatigue Recovery Story In 2008 Steve contracted salmonella on holiday and shortly after started experiencing excruciating pains that … Continue reading Steve – Chronic pain and fatigue

Gill – Hypermobility and Fibromyaglia

Gill – “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t walk into things or fall over. I spent my childhood … Continue reading Gill – Hypermobility and Fibromyaglia

Alex – Chronic pain and fatigue

Alex- “I was born with a chronic stomach condition called gastroparesis, but as a child I never let my sickness … Continue reading Alex – Chronic pain and fatigue

Sarah – Fibromyalgia

I awoke to an awesome message this morning Sarah “A year today I first came to the studio! Thank you … Continue reading Sarah – Fibromyalgia

Dawn – Chronic pain and fatigue

Dawn – “I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) after over a year of feeling pretty awful. I was … Continue reading Dawn – Chronic pain and fatigue

Kelly – Fibromyalgia/Hypermobility

Kelly – “Where do I begin? I had followed The Fibro Guy for a number of years, my Mam had … Continue reading Kelly – Fibromyalgia/Hypermobility

Elsyia – EDS

This is what gets me out of bed on a morning! Seeing smiles like this as people work towards goals … Continue reading Elsyia – EDS

Rebecca – Fibro/hypermobility

Rebecca- “So nearly 15 years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and dealt with the crippling chronic fatigue. On a … Continue reading Rebecca – Fibro/hypermobility

Faye – Fibromyalgia

Considering I’ve never met Faye before, the only contact we have had is text and email, and the fact that … Continue reading Faye – Fibromyalgia

Laura – EDS

Laura: “Before I met Adam I was lost. At 23 years old being told that I should consider a career … Continue reading Laura – EDS

Clara – Fibromyalgia

“I feel like I have gotten my life back! Before working with Adam, I was having problems with my shoulder … Continue reading Clara – Fibromyalgia

Rebecca – Fibromyalgia

Rebecca: “A year ago, last October, I was experiencing pain across my body and unremitting fatigue. People at work would … Continue reading Rebecca – Fibromyalgia

Dr Harper – Fibromyalgia

In 2017 Dr Mairi Harper entered the old studio to see me for a 1:1 workshop. Mairi was diagnosed with … Continue reading Dr Harper – Fibromyalgia

Brittany – EDS

“For the past 7 years I have suffered with a constant subluxation in my right shoulder. I couldn’t lift things … Continue reading Brittany – EDS

Danielle – Hypermobility

Danny- “For over 2 years I had constant pain in my left knee, along with daily subluxations due to my … Continue reading Danielle – Hypermobility

Sandra – Newcastle – Fibromyalgia

Sandra- “Well that’s my 1 to 1 sessions over, can’t believe how quickly the last 9 weeks have gone past. … Continue reading Sandra – Newcastle – Fibromyalgia

Gill – Fibromyalgia

“In 2011 I was going back and forwards to my gp saying that my internal battery charger wasn’t working, I … Continue reading Gill – Fibromyalgia

Amanda – Fibromyalgia

“I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in the early 1990’s, after about 6 years I would have said I had … Continue reading Amanda – Fibromyalgia

Heather – Fibromyalgia

“I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia during my last pregnancy and hadn’t found anything during the 5 years that have passed … Continue reading Heather – Fibromyalgia

Dianne – Fibromyalgia

After struggling on crutches/wheelchairs and mobility scooters for almost 5 years (scooters were fun, I have no spatial awareness and … Continue reading Dianne – Fibromyalgia

Jill – Fibromyalgia

“When I think of Adam, I think “life saver”. Might sound corny but it’s true. I’ve suffered with Fibromyalgia for … Continue reading Jill – Fibromyalgia

Bella – Chronic pain

At 72yrs old Bella is definitely one of my oldest clients. Bella was a little shy so I have changed … Continue reading Bella – Chronic pain

Gayleen – Fibromyalgia

“I’m a 46 year old woman. Before I started working with Adam I had suffered from severe lower back pain … Continue reading Gayleen – Fibromyalgia

Bev – Fibromyalgia

Bev – When I first met Adam I was suffering from chronic lower back pain which was affecting my life … Continue reading Bev – Fibromyalgia

Emma – Fibromyalgia

“Back in March 2015, I started with an awful pain in my shoulder/arm which would get worse over the years … Continue reading Emma – Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia specialist: Jonny’s search

In 2015, Jonny set out to find a fibromyalgia specialist as his pain had hit an all-time high. Jonny had initially … Continue reading Fibromyalgia specialist: Jonny’s search

Gabby – EDS

“I have had back and neck pain for about 5-6 years and more recently pain in my legs which was … Continue reading Gabby – EDS

Richard – Fibromyalgia

Richard came up to Newcastle for a workshop in January and he has been one of the best people to … Continue reading Richard – Fibromyalgia

Carly – EDS

I have just finished my 4th week with Adam. I’m 35, severely hypermobile (Beighton score 9/9) and was diagnosed with … Continue reading Carly – EDS

Mandy – Chronic back pain

In Mandy’s first message to me, she told me she was pretty much bedridden at the time and hoped that … Continue reading Mandy – Chronic back pain

Bev – Chronic pain

Bev: “Cutting a long story short, after a long but great recovery from Guillain-Barré syndrome 15 years Ago, I ended … Continue reading Bev – Chronic pain

Jess – Hypermobility

As a young child, Jess was diagnosed with various things wrong with her knees and suffered constant back pain problems … Continue reading Jess – Hypermobility

Sam – Fibromyalgia

“Before I met Adam I was lost. At 23 years old being told that I should consider a career change … Continue reading Sam – Fibromyalgia

Stephanie – Chronic Pain and Fatigue

“I was recommended to Adam by a reflexologist I had visited and after looking at his blog and success stories, … Continue reading Stephanie – Chronic Pain and Fatigue

Beth – EDS

Beth: “A few months ago, I felt I was trapped in the body of an 80 year old – fast … Continue reading Beth – EDS

Wendy – Fibromyalgia

Hi I’m Wendy, Ive have had chronic pelvic pain, migraines and fatigue for many years and last year ended up … Continue reading Wendy – Fibromyalgia

Laura – Hypermobility

“I’m struggling to write this as I’m not sure how to put into words how truly grateful I am for … Continue reading Laura – Hypermobility

Nadia – Hypermobility

Nadia Mum, Nicola: “8 weeks ago, I cried as I purchased a wheelchair for my 13 year old daughter. She … Continue reading Nadia – Hypermobility

Steph – Chronic pain and fatigue

So, as most of you know ive been poorly for quite a few years with ME & POTS and had … Continue reading Steph – Chronic pain and fatigue

Nikki – Fibromyalgia

It is incredibly rare you will ever hear me say this word, but this woman below, is a fucking “warrior”. … Continue reading Nikki – Fibromyalgia

Eve – Fibromyalgia

“After 10 years of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, I finally felt able to reach out to Adam. Previously I was … Continue reading Eve – Fibromyalgia

Lolly – EDS/Fibromyalgia

“I first met Adam 10 weeks ago, after deciding I was going to be 50 soon and was sick of feeling … Continue reading Lolly – EDS/Fibromyalgia

Greg – Fibromyalgia

“Roughly 6 years ago I started getting pain in my shoulders and elbows, I suffered on with the pains, just … Continue reading Greg – Fibromyalgia

Andrea – Fibromyalgia (International client)

“I started following Adam a couple years ago and honestly didn’t understand how he was helping so many people. But … Continue reading Andrea – Fibromyalgia (International client)

Neil – Chronic back pain

Every year we are seeing more and more guys coming into the studio, and it makes me so happy to … Continue reading Neil – Chronic back pain

Maureen – FND/Fibromyalgia

This year has brought me some awesome new clients and one such client is Mo! A few weeks ago Mo … Continue reading Maureen – FND/Fibromyalgia

Carl: EDS

When Carl first came into the studio, he was unable to even stretch out his upper body, not to mention … Continue reading Carl: EDS

Kriss – EDS

 

Catherine’s Chronic Fatigue Recovery Story

I contracted glandular fever in 2017 after a very busy and stressful time in my life. Prior to this, I was very active, happy and healthy I had just recently done my first marathon and was involved in lots of sports – which I absolutely adored and was very much a huge part of my life. I loved my life and could think of nothing nicer than a busy day out with family walking and being outdoors.

The next few years was a complete shock, my energy levels dropped substitutionally, followed by brain fog, depression and anxiety, my body failed me and in all honestly, it has been one of the most difficult times in my life. I was unable to work and felt like a completely different person. Like so many other people like me, I got diagnosed with the vague title of chronic fatigue. I tried so many different strategies and I gained relief with a few different methods but I could not seem to shift the fatigue and build the strength to be active and enjoy my life fully.

I spent my days searching for Chronic fatigue recovery stories, trying so many different things, hoping for a recovery from the pain and the fatigue. I am extremely lucky as I have wonderful family and friends who have supported me. Everything changed in such a positive way when I met Adam at The Fibro Guy, he had such conviction that I would recover and told me I would within a short space of time, which I completely trusted and believed.

One thing that I said I wanted to do when I started the program was walk my kids to school, which is a round trip of 2 miles and be well enough for my best friends wedding. At the time this seemed impossible!

I now walk my kids to school every day and sometimes have a sneaky run or bike ride straight after. This is such an amazing thing to do. I am planning my next sporting challenge and we even bought a little puppy. It’s my best friend’s wedding next week and I am so excited that I can be fully present and enjoy every moment without worrying that I am too tired and will I be well enough to go. I am so happy I could pop!

 

 


Steve’s Chronic Fatigue Recovery Story

In 2008 Steve contracted salmonella on holiday and shortly after started experiencing excruciating pains that were not associated with any sort of injury. He became very lethargic and tired. Steve was always very active prior to this, so this was alien to him and he turned to the NHS for help.

After 2-years of prodding or poking from GP’s, he was finally referred to a Consultant Immunologist who, after more tests, diagnosed him with ME. The NHS told steve that his only treatment was CBT.  Steve tried everything, private consultants, acupuncture, Tai Chi, Chinese medicine, Graded Exercise and to no avail, eventually, he wrote himself off, thinking he would be like this forever. Then in October 2018, Steve walked through the Newcastle Fibro Guy studio.

No sympathy was offered, just straightforward, no-bull individualized recovery help, that delved deeper than anyone had ever gone before.

Steve followed his program to the letter and from the first week saw a huge improvement in his health both physically and mentally. He was amazed at the change as was his family, friends and colleagues. The end result was simple, he had his life back.

Stevens recovery was also picked up by the local newspaper. You can read Steve’s story here.

 

 


Sarah’s Chronic Fatigue Recovery Story

We are always impressed with the amount of effort, education, and determination that our clients put into their recoveries. However, Sarah’s success story holds a special place with us due to the sheer quickness of her recovery.

Sarah had struggled with pain and fatigue for longer than she cared to remember, and when she heard that a new Fibro Guy studio was coming to Edinburgh, she was one of the first clients through the door. After almost collapsing at work one day, she become bedbound for months and was told by her GP that nothing could be done after several treatment options failed. After finding us on the internet she soon booked in for a consultation and started her programme.

One of the biggest things Sarah wanted out of her programme was to regain was her independence, her ability to drive, and be able to walk out the front door without fear of being in bed for weeks. Sarah indeed got everything she had wished for and went on to be able to live her life on her terms, taking up sea swimming and kayaking!

When asked about her future, Sarah says: ‘I’m really excited, I have a choice now and I’ve got the ability to do what I want now after my chronic fatigue recovery”.

 

 

Fibromyalgia Recovery Stories

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