The former Teen Mom 2 cast member, Jenelle Evans Eason, has been battling health issues for years. The mom of three recalled, “For as long as I can remember, I would get extremely bad tension headaches and full body aches – like I had the flu, but I was not sick. My entire body gets in so much pain and sometimes I lay in bed and cry. [For] a long time, no one believed my symptoms until I got a second opinion from a new neurologist recently.”
Getting The Diagnosis
Eason documented her health journey on her YouTube channel. In one video she shared that her neck “kept cracking over and over again” for months, causing her to suffer from intense headaches. The TV personality admitted, “I never knew what fibromyalgia was until my doctor diagnosed me.” She expressed the challenges of living every day life due to her low energy and body aches however, now having a diagnosis, she’s able to work towards learning how to live better with it. Beginning with her diet, Eason told E! Online, “I am now researching foods to stay away from and foods that are beneficial for my condition.”
As for her family life, she shared that her husband has been “super supportive.” Eason is also transparent with her kids about her recent diagnosis and condition. She’s taken the time to sit down with her two sons, Jace, 12, Kaiser, 7, and her daughter Ensley, 5 to discuss her health. The young mother told E! Online, “I want my kids to know that some days are good and some days are bad with fibromyalgia. Please have patience with me on my bad days and I promise to make it up to you on my good days.” She continued on to say, “I have private talks with my kids about my health and let them know they don’t have to worry, some days won’t be good but I’ll get through it.”
What Exactly Is Fibromyalgia?
According to the CDC fibromyalgia “is a condition that causes pain all over the body, sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress.” People who suffer from this condition are twice as more likely to be hospitalized, have a lower quality of life (women specifically), and share higher rates of major depression. Only about two percent of the adult population is diagnosed with fibromyalgia and the cause of the condition is still unknown. However, there are ways to effectively treat and manage this type of diagnosis.
To treat this condition, those effected can take medication and create self-management strategies, a.k.a improve their overall quality of life. Treatments typically include:
- Prescription drugs or over-the-counter pain relievers
- Aerobic and muscle building exercise
- Patient education about the diagnosis
- Stress management techniques- yoga, meditation, etc.
- Positive sleep habits
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to improve the patients way of thinking and acting.
Our hearts go out Jenelle as she navigates this new challenge in her life. Stay In touch with Teen Mom alum through her social media channels and with her YouTube vlogs.