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Hi, I'm Lana

I have both fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.  I have had symptoms of fibromyalgia that go as far back as my teen years but it was nearly five years ago that my fibromyalgia diagnosis was confirmed.  My younger sister was also recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia so I know all too well the debilitating effects of this condition. 

Fibromyalgia is a disease that leaves a patient with many questions and very few answers. It is also a very misunderstood condition that can wreak so much havoc on a person’s life.  I know this because like so many of you, I often feel sick and I don’t know why. While the pain is real and people like you and me struggle, there are so many who debate the existence of fibromyalgia making patients feel very alone.

You are here because fibromyalgia has touched your life and you are tired of suffering in silence with limited answers.  Just like you, I struggle everyday and that is why I became involved with Fibromyalgia Connect. I hope you can find the support you need here so that your struggle isn’t one you have to face alone.

Welcome to the community.  Make yourself at home and I will be here to answer any questions that you may have.

Lana Barhum
Patient Advocate