I was told I have fibromyalgia due to muscle pains and tender points, etc. I was also give a low does antidepressant that was supposed to help with pain & sleep called Elavil (10 mg every evening). It did help me greatly with sleep..I usually zonked out an hour after taking it, even after being on it for a year. However, it did not seem to help with my muscle pains nor any other joint pains I had. But I was at least happy that I could pretty much sleep.
After doing some research and reading through posts, I am wondering if I have fibro at all. I do have OA in various joints and spine and lupus. But when I took prednisone for a bad flare for the first time, it completely eradicated every muscle (and other pain) that I had. I was actually able to exercise again without feeling that horrible deep muscle burn, I had no tenderness anywhere....I felt normal again with no pains whatsoever. And from what I keep reading (even on medical websites) is that prednisone is an enemy of fibro & makes it worse. In my case, my so-called fibro completely disappeared. It's now back again ever since i've tapered off the pred. BUt it also disappeared for a few days while on Medrol Dose packs and also went away when I got epidural steroid injections into my spine. I'm also getting alot of tendon, muscle, and/or ligament problems in my shoulders, hips, hands, and might have detached tendons in my right ankle now as it's now collapsed over time. Strange that my spine surgeon, hip specialist, and PT all said it could actually be lupus related. My rheumy never mentioned that, though....but I will ask him about it at my next appt.