I have been suffering from Fibromyalgia since 2004, when I was diagnosed; but my main pain—since I was 7 years old—was a terrible pain in my legs. I don’t know what it was. When I was walking fast, I felt like my legs were going to explode in pain. So I have been going to so many doctors, trying to find out what this is in my legs. But the pain didn’t limit me before—I used to dance salsa!

Suddenly the Fibromyalgia hit me, like, eight years ago. My back started hurting really bad… Little by little, I started feeling that I couldn’t stand up for a long time; I couldn’t bend like before… I couldn’t walk to the corner. It was very scary. I felt like—you know, when your car breaks down and you have to call Triple A? I felt like that: like once I went [anywhere], I couldn’t come back. I had to rest, and wait… And then I began to feel scared to be by myself. I fell… I had been going to all the doctors—rheumatologists, a neurologist, an orthopedic specialist—and explaining to them about my leg pain. Nothing. They don’t understand. MRIs, CT scans… They never could find anything.

It had to be something—it wasn’t just going to hurt for the hell of it. Maybe it was because I had county care. I’d been suffering 5 years in my bed, not being able to work, or to do anything, just lying there… At first, I was using Lyrica, and Lyrica kept me sleeping all day—you know, just worthless. I used it for a few years. I slept 5 or 6 times a day. So, I went to my rheumatologist, and she gave me Tramadol, and that relieved the pain and it didn’t keep me from doing things and going out, so it was a success for me. But I still had the leg pain. And then—I don’t know what happened, but—the Tramadol started making me sick.

When I came here, I couldn’t walk for too long; I was vomiting three times a day; and I was taking Tylenol with Codeine. This leg pain that had been driving me crazy—that had me looking for wheelchairs and walkers. By my third session, everything was gone! Little by little, I have been able to walk a little bit more, stand… I used to be with my daughter all the time because I was so scared; now I’m doing my things again and going places alone.

I am so grateful. My daughter saw me in so much stress, so she found this place. The Lord was with my acupuncturist to allow me to pay an amount that lets me have my treatments. And I am so mad at my doctors! All those years… I still have pain from the waist up, but now I don’t have to worry about my legs. It’s gone. It’s gone. It makes me cry because I was in so much pain for so long. The acupuncture just healed me. It allows me to walk by myself, to go places like before, to do my thing: to come back to life.

– Rebecca M. is a patient at People’s