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US Woman Shares Fibromyalgia Story

Saturday 7 March 2015


From UK TV station Keloland:


Keloland Television

Parker Woman Shares Fibromyalgia Story

February 23, 2015, 6:12 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Around five million Americans deal with fibromyalgia. Now a Parker woman is sharing her story with anyone who wants to read about it.

It is a personal story for 59-year-old Sue Schmidt. Not only did she write a book about fibromyalgia, but she also suffers from it.

"I was having a lot of traveling pain. I would have it in my back one day and my shoulders the next and my hands the next after that," Schmidt said.

Doctors diagnosed Schmidt around a decade ago. She's no longer able to work.

"I can be fine one hour. Two hours later I'll need to lie down," Schmidt said.

Fibromyalgia patients suffer from widespread pain and sometimes fatigue, sleep and mood issues. Researchers believe the disorder affects the way the brain processes pain signals.

"There's really no specific cause for most people. We don't think it's genetically linked, although it does tend to run in families," Sanford Family Medicine's Dr. Todd Sorensen said.

Some patients like Schmidt just monitor their condition. Others take medication.

"Ideally for all patients with fibromyalgia, it's diet and exercise as the basic building place to start from," Sorensen said.

Meanwhile, Schmidt hopes to help others through her writing. This is her second book about the disease. It's aimed at children.

"How they can stay together as a family and just understand what mom is going through. She will be able to go to some of her activities, and sometimes she'll have to stay home," Schmidt said.

For Schmidt, her family is very supportive. She's also found comfort through writing.

"When you have a meaning to get up in the morning that really makes a difference in your illness," Schmidt said.

You can buy Schmidt's books at Crossroads in Sioux Falls, and Twigs and Treasures in Parker.

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The above originally appeared here.


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