My father drank heavily in the 1960s and both my parents smoked tobacco when I was conceived. As a child, I frequently had strep throat, bronchitis, and even pneumonia. Even at 2 two years old I remember being inside the incubator seeing the outline of my Mom and my uncle who came in to visit.
Additionally, I am a “DES Baby”. My Mom had 2 miscarriages before I was born. When my mother got pregnant with me, her OB doc prescribed DES in hopes that she might carry me to full term. Well, I’m here, but I only weighed 4lbs at birth. Back in the 1960s, preemie clothes were unheard of, so I wore baby doll clothes. Being small made me vulnerable.
As a child, I had unexplained aches and pains, migraines, sleep disorders, sensitivity to noise, light, and smells, emotional sensitivity, and restless legs. I thought I was different than other people. I still have these gremlins making life annoying sometimes.
My point is that I can look back and recognize symptoms I had growing up and into adulthood, middle age, and now at 53.
My theory is that one or more of those viruses I had, one or more antibiotics or cough/stomach meds or even a vaccine may have all contributed to fibromyalgia and its buddies. I think our food is filled with all kinds of processed ingredients that aren’t really natural, but rather artificial. The air we breathe is polluted and our water is something that has to be “treated” before it comes thru our faucets in our kitchen.
I believe stress in a developing child can get so extreme that it affects our nerves and the processes of our brains.
I can’t point to one single thing and know for sure if that particular thing caused my fibromyalgia but medical science still doesn’t know the cause. There are some very fundamental shared commonalities we seem to share.
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