Gemma Wilson: Chronic pain, fibromyalgia & ADHD

Episode 164
53m | Nov 20, 2023

Episode 164 with Gemma Wilson.

“Women with ADHD live our lives on edge. We’re constantly thinking, Am I doing the right thing? Am I saying the right thing? Am I being inappropriate?”

Gemma is a 41-year-old mum of 3 from Newcastle upon Tyne in the north of England. She is a business owner and describes herself as “a perfectionist and over-achiever who won’t settle for anything less than what I deserve.”

Gemma is a listener of the podcast and she reached out to me because she wanted to share her journey through her ADHD diagnosis and its link with her diagnosis of fibromyalgia. There’s a significant co-morbidity between ADHD and fibromyalgia.

Gemma wrote to me: “I have been through a huge raft of experiences with different treatments to try and get to the root cause of my pain. I have been at the depths of despair with my mental and physical health and honestly thought I was destined for immobility and incapacity — but somehow, I’ve managed to find things that help.”

Gemma & I talk about what it’s like for her to live with chronic pain, a distressed nervous system, depression, anxiety, and ADHD, and how she’s been able to find a path through it all when it comes to self-advocacy, seeking help, and avoiding burnout.

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