Hi, Waterbaby, and welcome! I'm not a doctor but the rheumatologist will have better answers for you. People with fibro do get the burning sensation on the skin and we usually have shoulder and neck pains, too. So many of us have said we feel like we have been beaten with a baseball bat.
Check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. You will find a lot of good information about fibromyalgia...including a list of symptoms. That may help you see if you could possibly have fibro. If you do, you really need to keep moving. Sitting for really long periods of time without getting up will make you stiff as a board. Hot showers and moist heat help with the pain. Some have rice bags that they heat in the microwave that give off moist heat. Gentle stretching helps too. There is a link on the Fibro 101 thread with a list of gentle stretching exercises that can be done sitting down. Also, try to relax. The stress is causing you more pain. You will get the answers and, if it is fibromyalgia, we are here to help you.
If you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help you. Flares, by the way, do not last a lifetime. They can last days or they can last months. It just depends... If you do have fibromyalgia, you will have to learn how to pace yourself and not try to do all that you did! But, as I said previously, the rheumatologist should be able to tell what is going on. He will probably give you a tender point test. That means they will lightly push on certain areas to see how much pain you are in. That is the only test they have to diagnose fibromyalgia.
Meanwhile, we are here if you need us. Please let us know what the rheumy has to say. We do care. I hope to hear more from you soon.
Post Edited (Sherrine) : 8/26/2008 4:20:53 PM (GMT-6)
As said the ruemy will help you but I must say that because of the burning it does sound like fibro especially if lyrica helps as we are all just about on it . physio never helped me nothing did except meds and even amounts of rest off your feet and very basic housework and moving generally. Im confident your rheumatogist will be big help. So in the meantime WELCOME this group has really helped me and does feel like family. suez2