I've been struggling with chronic pain and fatigue for two years (pain all my life but it's worsened during this time). After enduring a host of different tests from various specialists, I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, mostly as a result of not testing positive for anything else. Some of the specialists and doctors I have seen were not convinced I have fibro where others were quick to label it as such.
Whether its CFS, or Fibro, or not, it has taken a severe toll on my work life and my feelings of self worth. I graduated from university four years ago, I have not been in work long enough to qualify for CPP disability benefits, and the CRA disability tax credit requires that I have "life sustaining therapy" roughly fourteen hours/3 times a week - which I don't do nor could I afford to.
I realize that I'm not in as bad of shape as some sufferers. I can walk around the house and do simple things, but I get winded going up the stairs, sleep sixteen hours a day, have brain fog, fevers and chills, and an overall feeling of achey tiredness that sucks the life out of me. It's like having the flu 24/7. It seems as though in order to qualify for any kind of assistance you need to be near death... so I know I'm not going to qualify.
My husband supports me, I feel like I am a tremendous financial drain on our marriage. We have over twenty thousand dollars of combined student debt, I haven't been to work in months, and what's left in my bank account is slowly dwindling away.
I don't understand how anyone expects us to survive like this. I often feel depressed. There are no fibromyalgia support groups, pain clinics, or the like in my city. I'd have to travel four hours to get to one, and I don't drive so it'd put me out a few hundred bucks to do so.
I don't know where to go from here.
Post Edited By Moderator (Sherrine) : 7/21/2017 1:42:23 PM (GMT-6)