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   Posted 11/5/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
But since one of the major symptoms of FM is pain, how do I know when I get a pain if it's the FM or something else? I was seen by a gyno because my pelvic pain led me to believe I had a fibroid, though my sonogram came back clean. If I dismiss every ache and pain as FM, how can I tell if something else pops up that could serious problems?
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   Posted 11/5/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, it is a case of having to find out by trial and error. Most of the time my pain is fibro. When in doubt, I bug my doctor.

I am thankful when I find out it is not something else. I have enough to handle with fibro.


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   Posted 11/5/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that we learn to listen to our bodies and get in tune. You can usually tell fibro pain from another pain. Fibro is mostly in the muscles and tendons.

you can tell if it is in a joint or an internal organ. The only thing really left would be a headache. Get to know your self, you will be able to tell.

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   Posted 11/5/2008 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Karen, learn to know your body. I foudn it very confusing at first and would make a big deal out of new sensations. Now I pretty much know what is normal for me. I have only so many types of pain (aching, burning, stabbing), and it moves aroudn, but it's always the same pattern, one of those pains only in different parts of my body. I woudl monitor anythign different more closely and see if it resolves itself after a few days or no.
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   Posted 11/6/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
They are right you need to be in tune with your body and after awhile you can tell what fibro pain is. Then you will get a new feeling and be confused again. smilewinkgrin I run things by people on here to see if anyone else has had the same symptoms before I call the doc. Obviously if your suddenly struck with an internal pain you don't want to ignore it.
Shannon there are no dumb questions on here.
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   Posted 11/6/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
You'll get to know your body like everyone else said :) I can't elaborate much better:) By the way, its' nice to meet you Shannon :)
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   Posted 11/6/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shannon,
I've always had a big problem with this. For many years, I would always go to the doctor's with my various aches and pains and weird symptoms, and everything would always turn out "normal". I've finally learned to wait awhile, and many times, the symptom eases up or goes away. But I do spend lots of money still checking things out......since I don't want to overlook something bad. It can be very tricky, knowing what to do! Unless its something that really incapacitates, me, I usually just wait awhile. If its serious, it usually gets worse. But you're definitely not alone in not knowing when to pay attention to a certain pain, and when to ignore it!
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