undiagnosed and in pain- did normal tests cause pain?

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   Posted 9/14/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Ive been sick for months and have a lot of pain. My mom has fibromyalgia and now im starting to think i may have it as well. Ive noticed that whenever i get my blood taken it feels like the needle is as long as my veins and that it is stabbed all the way through my system. They take the needle out and it still feels like its in there. the rest of the day that side of my body hurts. Then i had a cat scan of my stomache. I was in so much pain after they injected me. I thought it might have been an allergic reaction, but it went away within ten minutes. It was so severe i could not move and i was screaming . it started in my feet and worked its way into my knees and then it went away. they tried to tell me it was a cramp. Im sorry but i know for a fact thta wasnt a cramp. Ive had charlie horses that felt better than that. I was wondering what everyones experience was with the pain during medical tests. My mom says i dont have it because she says if i did a hug would hurt. i dont know though. symptoms are always a little different in people. And i have been getting told its in my head. I need more tests run. but so far everything says i am normal. so please answer my question. thanks,

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   Posted 9/14/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jen and welcome. There are a list of symptoms in the fibro 101 thread, second thread on first page, along with a great deal of other valuable info.
Your right, everyone feels the pain differently and it is forever changing. Sometimes a hug may hurt me and other times it doesn't.
Seeing how I had most of my testing done before the pain really started I didn't find any of it uncomfortable. Mine started with fatigue which led to all the testing.
I've never had a reaction to the dye they use for contrast. I really haven't had any procedures done since the pain has gotten worse except blood drawn. I do have tender points right at my elbows that have developed recently so perhaps you have a knot in the muscle there they hit when drawing blood.
Since fibro does run in families you could very well have it.
I hope they complete the testing soon and you will have an answer.
This is great place for questions and answers.
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   Posted 9/14/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
First of all, welcome to the family.  Feel free to ask questions, make comments, or just vent once in a while.  Sometimes, this is the only place I feel like I can go and find people who really understand me (and that is no easy task!). smilewinkgrin
I can't say for sure why it hurts when you have your blood drawn or have a needle or catheter placed.  There are a lot of nerves that are close to our veins, so maybe you are one of those "lucky" people.  Or, maybe you have a really crappy person drawing blood or placing catheters. mad   Just a few ideas.
I also agree that fibro does run in families.  In fact, the only reason I got dxd is because I found out my older sister had been dxd with fibro, and her symptoms sounded a lot like the mystery illness I was living with.  LOL-actually, her being dxd is just about the only thing that my sister has ever done to help me with anything. rolleyes   But, that's another story...
And, as Marlee said, everyone's pain is different.  My sister can still work a full time job and needs to take very little pain meds to function.  I am on disability, and I can barely get out of bed most days because I hurt so bad.  Lately, as the weather has started to change (yes, the weather does change a little bit in SoCal), I have been absolutely miserable. cry
Anyway, I hope you'll find this family as special as I have.  Jump in (well, climb in very carefully-so it won't hurt) and post away! :-)
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   Posted 9/14/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jen.

Welcome to the fibro forum. I hope that you can find some answers here. LIke Marlee said, there is a thread (second one on first page) called fibro 101 and there is so much information there.

I hope that you will read that and you should get some idea if you have it or not. It sounds like you do.

Keep posting, we are here for you.

Hugs, Karen...
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   Posted 9/15/2008 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
A hug really hurts me, justs keep monitoring it, if youve got it everrything will start to feel exagerated,  blood tests for me are hard as they need to try both arms and still sometimes get none, my husband all but carries me out, that has worsened since fibro but thats because pain in general is exagerated.  Just monitor it, if you start to get other pain for no reason it may be the onset, sounds like your mum would be of a help but only you know what you feel and if its normal.   sue2z :-) :-) :-)
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   Posted 9/18/2008 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you for your responses everyone. I lookat the info a litle at a time. I am stressed, overwhelmed and depressed. I know it oculd be several things or a combo as ive seen most of you have. i want to start another topic on medicine. thanks for welcoming me here. i know i may not have fibro but it sure seems like it. If nothing else i get to talk to a lot of cool people.:)
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