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February 2008

I have been a patient of Dr. Irene Metro's since January 3, 2003. I remember this date vividly because for the first time in over 20 years, I had finally found someone who understood and was able to help me move forward with Fibromyalgia.

I was originally diagnosed with fibromyalgia several years prior to meeting Dr. Metro. My orthopedic doctor threw this word at me, told me that not much was known about it and that it was something you learned to live with. So, I went through physical therapy, numerous anti-depressants and half functioned through many years. I lost out on
many things because of my inability to participate and my home life suffered severely. It's great when you can face the working world each day and function, but when you get home, your entire "make believe" is gone. I was asked many times why I was "two different people". I was "me" at home and that was not who my husband married. He never understood, (you can't see anything wrong), and definitely contributed to our divorce in 1998.

Dr. Metro saved my life! When I went for my first appointment, I was coming off off three different anti-depressants which had put me in the hospital and, for the first time in my life, had me off work for a short period of time. I had became so exhausted and dizzy that I could not function. The emergency room assumed I was an addict. I was afraid of who I was and what was to become of me. Who would take care of me? I couldn't turn on my faucets or open up jars and cans. i hurt all over and it was constant. I was performing poorly at work.

Dr. Metro was a miracle worker! It took time and it included a complete lifestyle change, but it was worth every step. From the allergy testing that was performed to exercising and healthy eating, my life changed. She worked with me, teaching me not only what I could do to improve myself physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. For the first time I was diagnosed and was being treated. I was not losing my mind and I was not a hypochondriac! And I could, with time and guidance, make things better!

It has been just over five years since this angel walked into my life.  I've been through some additional medical situations, and she was with me 100% for each journey. I'm not cured because there is no cure. I'm not always as disciplined as I need to be and it isn't always easy. But no matter where I am, she is always on my side, pushing me gently,
understanding me, and supporting me. I can take care of myself now, and plan on being able to for a very long time.

Thank you Dr. Metro, for being such a caring and special person. Thank you for making fibromyalgia your specialty. Thank you for your friendship and love.

I love you,
Karen Marcum

Mariposa Dreams

Plymouth Integrative Medicine Center
Fibromyalgia Doctor ~ Irene Metro MD
44670 Ann Arbor Rd, Ste 100, Plymouth, MI 48170

Call 734.432.1900 for an appointment with Fibromyalgia Doctor ~ Irene C. Metro MD

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Fibromyalgia doctor Irene C. Metro, MD, Board Certified Internal Medicine, Board Certified American Board of Integrative & Holistic Medicine, is the medical director of the Plymouth Integrative Medicine Center in Livonia, Michigan. This medical clinic has internal medicine, integrative medicine, physical therapy, acupuncture, lifestyle coaching, nutritional counseling, and psychotherapy, and specializes in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension, high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, trigger point therapy, vitamin therapy, and pain relief. This medical clinic is located across from St. Mary Mercy Hospital and is easily accessible from Plymouth, Livonia, Canton, Northville, Redford, Westland, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Dearborn Heights, and other locations in Oakland County and Wayne County Michigan. Call 734-432-1900 to make an appointment with the fibromyalgia doctor MI today!