Georgina Harvey is 28 years old and did not spend a completely painless day due to fibromyalgia. It is your witness here.
When did you feel pain lately?
Whatever it is, a headache, a shoulder contraction, a kidney stone or a toe, 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 appear to be invisible, and often people don’t understand and underestimate them. September is the international pain awareness month, and BBC Three has invited Georgina Harvey, a 28-year-old English woman with fibromyalgia, to share her testimony to better understand what it is like to live constantly with this condition.
“It’s as if all the nerve endings have been burned.” “I woke up as usual one morning in July 2016, but I felt a very intense pain in my body while trying to move.”
It is as if all the nerve endings were burned and I could scream.
The smile in the images does not reveal the pain that Georgina Harvey has inflicted for four years every day.
My mother came running to my room, took me aside and stayed with me until the sensation disappeared. We knew that I had an outbreak of fibromyalgia, but it was the worst I had since I was diagnosed two years ago.
My problem started when I was 19 years old with the need to stretch my throat, shortly after recovering from meningitis.
Then it became a sensation of tingling in the shoulders and a deep backache.
I thought it was due to bad posture, but the pain was almost constant when I turned 21.
I have done radiographs, blood tests, MRIs, but nothing has been 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 exploded in my ribs, combined with intense chest pressure.
Since morphine was the only alternative I had to face, they gave me medical permission and referred me to a rheumatologist who led me to a diagnosis.
“Everything had an impact: work, exercise, social life,” says Georgina.
He described what fibromyalgia is: chronic pain caused by a key nervous system disease, but said 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, physiotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, but there was nothing to relieve the pain.
Although I was finally diagnosed with what happened to me, it was a relief, which made me devastating to think that this would be something I would have to live with.