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A Good Surprise: An Interview with Fibromyalgia Member DarkAuburn

Did you know we now have more than 30,000 members in our fibromyalgia community?  In honor of this major milestone, we decided to interview DarkAuburn, who joined in 2009.  She’s a three-star member, which means she’s earned our top star rating for sharing complete, in-depth information about her fibromyalgia symptoms, treatments, quality of life and much more.  In addition, she has opted for a public profile, which means that anyone on the Internet (whether a PatientsLikeMe member or not) can learn from her detailed condition history.  Check out our interview with this veteran member below. 1. Tell us a little about the PatientsLikeMe fibromyalgia community. I was not expecting much when I found the site. I thought it would be more of an informational, non-involvement sort of site. I was surprised, as in a good surprise. I don’t know many people where I live that have fibromyalgia, and I didn’t realize how welcoming this site would be. I found people who, like me, wanted answers. The sharing of information and support was a nice thing to find. 2. What’s it like to have access to the experiences and data of tens of thousands of other fibromyalgia patients? It’s staggering. I …

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Searching for a Diagnosis: An Interview with Lyme Disease Patient Pampe

Getting the right diagnosis can take many years, or in the case of PatientsLikeMe patient Pampe, many decades.  After experiencing her first Lyme disease symptom in 1973, it was not until 2012 that she finally received a diagnosis that explained her many symptoms.  Discover what hindered the process and what’s she learned along the way in our interview with this highly active member, who has contributed more than 12,000 posts to our forum since joining PatientsLikeMe in 2010. 1.  You had a very long journey to discovering your Lyme disease. Where were some of the obstacles? The main obstacle to an appropriate diagnosis of Lyme disease for me was the lack of knowledge in the traditional Western Medical System. Had my general practitioner (GP) known about the testing for Lyme, I might have been diagnosed 10-12 years earlier. Many people go from doctor to doctor and undergo a horrific array of tests and medications before they find out it is Lyme disease. 2.  We have a new Lyme Disease Forum at PatientsLikeMe. What is that important to you? After my diagnosis and two other members of the Fibromyalgia Forum discovering they too had Lyme, I think I was pretty vocal …

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