12 years ago I was diagnosed with a horrendous invisible condo called fibromyalgia. It has become a cover all diagnosis for everything Doctors can't understand, which, quiet frankly, takes so much from sufferers like myself.
It is triggered by an infection, an emotional break or an accident. It was an accident 24 years ago that woke mine. I was 17 years old, out with some friends from work, when the guy who was driving missed a humpback bridge sign, floored the car over it and ground the engine into the tarmac. As there was no seatbelts in the rear, I was lounging in the back, leaning on the guy I was with, with my feet up on the seat. When the car smashed into the road I was knocked unconscious when my head hit the roof, as I was like a rag doll, I flew out the rear window, over the road and hit a fence. I was so lucky, I walked away with a broken collarbone and some cuts and bruises, or so I thought, turns out I was wrong. I fell pregnant a year after the accident, and again, every 2 years for 6 years, so I put aches and pains down to being pregnant, whilst I was expecting my youngest daughter I had hip problems and considerable pain, but it was all dismissed. In 2001 things started getting worse and worse, I took the kids to school and was bed bound for the next 2 days. Off to the Doctors I went, painkillers, upon painkillers, and nothing made any impact, so I was referred to the Rheumatologist, after umpteen tests, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Finally I had a name for it, but since then I have been banging my head against a brick wall.
In addition to fibromyalgia, I have hypermobility syndrome, both involve pain, fibrous tissue and more pain. As you may all know, we have a wonderful benefits system in place to help people who have become disabled due to no fault of their own, but it turns out, not fibromyalgia! I have been putting in claims for 12 years, I was awarded low rate care for 3 years, low rate care and full rate mobility for 3 years! FINALLY! With 13 tablets in the morning, 9 at night, just so I can get out of bed!, plus confirmation of my condition from my rheumatologist, when my last award was put through, low rate care - indefinitely. This provides me with no way of getting around, we bought our own car, but it died a smokey death 2 years and I've been struggling ever since.
Therefore, I am asking for your help. We would like to buy an economical little car, low insurance and no tax, great fuel efficiency, to get me to hospital and Doctors appointments, and for the odd drive to places to stop us going stir crazy and climbing the walls.