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Claire; she/her; PCOS and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain often at specific "trigger points" accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. It is more common in women.

There are over 3 million reported U.S. cases per year.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common hormonal disorder affecting women of reproductive age. It is characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excessive androgen levels, and polycystic ovaries. Symptoms can include weight gain, acne, hair thinning, and infertility. PCOS affects approximately 1 in 10 women worldwide. Early diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment approach, including lifestyle changes and medication, are essential for managing symptoms and reducing the risk of long-term health issues such as diabetes and heart disease.

This subject (being from Oregon)  landed on using these invasive blackberries that grow all over the state to represent her chronic pain. The thorny vines wrap around her worst pain areas.

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