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'It is the best Christmas present I could have wished for' - grandma.

Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk @lisachron

TRAPPED in a body that wouldn't work, Deb Carey is celebrating her best Christmas in years.

Unable to play with her grandchildren due to chronic pain, the 51-year-old has now ditched her crutches and wheelchair to be able to kick a football around with her little ones.

For the past eight years Deb suffers from fibromyalgia - a longterm condition that causes pain all over the body.

Not being able to even lift her arms to blow dry her hair, she had no hope for the future.

But after teaming up with specialist body-worker Adam Foster, Deb has been put through her paces and she is now exercising, walking without a wheelchair or sticks and is playing with her grandchildren, James, eight, and Mia and Jak, both four.

"It is incredible how far I have come." said Deb, a mother-of-five, from Langley Park, County Durham.

"I'd tried everything and physio did nothing for me, but after meeting up with Adam I can even kick a football around with my grandchildren.

"I have been working with him for eight weeks on a programme one to one of exercise and stretches to build on muscle to help me to walk and now I am on a 10 week home programme. Now I can walk properly without crutches or a wheelchair. I can walk around shops and the best thing of all is that I can sit my grandchildren on my knee and give them big cuddles.

"Before they couldn't even sit next to me because any pressure on my body would cause severe pain.

"Now my children have their mum back and I can play with my grandchildren. I can even sit on the floor and play board games with them and even kick a ball to them. It is the best Christmas present I could have wished for."

Deb has recorded her incredible journey in a string of video diaries and Adam, who operates under the name Fibro Guy, has been making them into a mini documentary for his website.

Adam, 29, who set up his business, called The Fibro Guy, based in Coastway Shopping Centre, Battle Hill Drive, Wallsend, North Tyneside, said: "A few months back I asked on social media for a volunteer who would be willing to work with me for seven weeks to document a full recovery from fibromyalgia, something which the medical world does not believe possible, yet I have countless examples of.

"We've not only achieved this, but exceeded goals I had for Deb when we initially set out. The whole process has been documented from start to finish, with Debs doing video diaries along the way and we have various footage from the studio. I am now turning the footage into a sort of 'documentary' on my social media sites for people to see, as I feel it's truly inspiring.

"Deb was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia six years ago by one of the top UK rheumatologist's, although she had been experiencing symptoms well before this. She suffered from chronic pain so badly that she couldn't raise her arms to blow dry her hair, she used a crutch and at times a wheelchair to get about. Acid reflux from her condition meant her diet was extremely poor, which contributed more so to her symptoms. The strong medication she was prescribed led to increased brain fog amongst other side effects. Deb was also very limited in her interactions with her grandchildren and meant she was unable to play with them or spend quality time with them.

"Now Deb is able to cook and bake with her grandchildren for the first time, can cross her legs, seems silly but this would cause pain before the programme, she has no reflux or fatigue any longer, is off her medication entirely, and has described the programme as a sort of 'rebirth' for her. She's actually looking forward to Christmas for the first time in well over six years because, as she says in her video diary, 'her own children and their children have her back now'."

Adam, who works with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, hypermobility and associated syndromes relating to chronic pain and fatigue, was involved in an IED blast when serving in the Army in Afghanistan in 2009. Back on civvy street, GPs deemed he had spinal scar tissue, causing him chronic pain. After research, he decided to set up his own training programme to help relieve his agony.

Adam is now helping others to reduce their discomfort through his movement based programme.

He added: "This recovery is one that has touched my heart significantly as it's allowed her to have a Christmas with her family and make more memories with her children and grandchildren that can be treasured forever."

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