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Over the course of the past couple of years, I've developed what I think may be the symptoms of fibromyalgia, but not wanting to appear to be the hypochondriac, I have mentioned this to no one as yet. Does anyone out there know of someone with the disease or have the disease themselves? If so, what were the signs and symptoms?
I have developed soreness to gentle pressure over my chest and hip areas, have increasingly worse "burning" sensations over my middle and upper back, generalized achiness that feels as though I have the flu (worse after meals), GERD, Sx of IBS--bloating, gastric distress, flatulence, alternating diarrhea and constipation, nausea after eating about 50-75% of the time. My periods have been painful for a long time, but the PMS is getting progressively worse along with the cramping. I was exercising regularly, but I find now that the following day leaves me feeling worse than ever--I ache all over and feel like I've been run over by a truck! The other thing that is of concern is that I have sleep apnea (dx by sleep study) with daytime fatigue that is unbelievable sometimes. I feel zoned out a lot of the time and as though I have no memory retention sometimes. Before I go running to a physician about all of this, I wondered if anyone had any experience with it. I am afraid of being blown off by most internists or, even worse, treated as though I am crazy, which I know I am not. I have been tracking these symptoms for at least the past year and things are only getting worse, so I have to do something. Thanks for reading this and for any help any of you can provide :kiss
From your symptoms being like many of mine at various times, I would guess that you might very well have FMS.
When I first began having all my symptoms many, many years ago ... I wrote a list down of all my symptoms. They were infinite it seemed. I remember so well thinking that, "I am NOT going to tell these to a MD, they will think, I'm nuts."
I tended to rationalize it away, because, after all, at that time, "It was all in your head." I still let this one statement swerve me away from treatment even after (in the early 90's) being told by two MD's that I had FMS.
But this FMS "monster" attacked further and one day when I was at a bookstore, I headed over to the Medical section and found there a book written by a female Rheumatologist who had FMS.
I flipped to the symptom section ... And there they were, EVERY one of my symptoms ... EVEN the totally weird ones.
I then went to a Rheumatologist and said, "Okay, I've got it so lets work on it."
It will take a while to find what works for you. But hang in there, you will eventually find what works best for you.
I'm sorry that you have to go through this, as I wouldn't wish it on anyone.
Studies are taking place that will one day give us all a way to get a handle on this syndrome, and I really do believe it is all going to come down to the size of the cervical spinal area.
The sooner the better ... PLEASE!