new to the forum, need some info please

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Christine1946
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   Posted 1/19/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
     Hi everyone.  I usually post on the ulcerative colitis forum because I suffer from that.  For the past month or so I have felt very tired and my entire body aches like I have the flu.  I am not running a fever or anything.  Today I was reading our local newpaper and there was an article on Fibromyalgia in it.  Wow, the symptoms sure sound like the ones I am exhibiting.  Is there a blood test or something for this?  I have monthly blood tests because of the meds I take for the UC...6MP most importantly.  My last white count was 2.4 which is kinda low but apparently my GI doctor isn't alarmed by this.  Thanks.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


Sherrine
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   Posted 1/19/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Christine, and welcome!  Unfortunately, there is no blood test to determine whether or not you have fibromyalgia.  Fibromyalgia mimics other illnesses so we usually have to go through many different tests to rule out other illnesses first before the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is given.
 
Check out the Fibro  101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to some good info about fibro...including a list of symptoms.  You may be able to tell a little more from that.
 
Read back posts and ask questions, too.  We are here to help you.  But, if I were you, after reading more about fibro and if you think you may have developed it, check with your doctor.  Go in with a list of the symptoms you are having.  That's the best way to go.  Some use primary care doctors, some use rheumatologists, and I use a board certified Internist. 
 
I wish you luck on getting your answers.  Let us know what you find out.  We really do care!
 
Sherrine
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JCgurl
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   Posted 1/19/2009 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Christine! I have a very good friend with the name Christine.. I've always loved it!! So pretty! :-)   I think Sherrine gave you great advice, check out the thread and go into a doctor with a list of your symptoms... they will probably check your tender points (Fibromyalgia patients have 11 of them, sometimes even if you have less they will still diagnose you - depending on your symptoms also). Sometimes it takes a long time to be dx'd with it, considering, like Sherrine has said, a lot of other things need to be ruled out first.. however, it only took me one time to my family doctor and one time to the rheumotologist!! Hopefully, if you do have Fibro, it will not take 6 different doctors to figure it out! Maybe make sure before going to a rheumy, if that's where you choose to go, that that particular one even BELIEVES in Fibro... unfortunately, some do not.. therefore, they will not treat it.
 
GOOD LUCK! Keep us posted.
 
xoxo
Jenna :-)
 
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Fibromyalgia, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Irrational fears

Christine1946
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   Posted 1/19/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
    
Thank you so much Jenna and Sherrine.  I'll look into this and report my findings.  Gosh I just hope it is related to the meds I take for the UC.  I sure hate to take any more meds! LOL.

62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


Sue2z
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   Posted 1/19/2009 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I would ask for a ref to a specialist to be diagnoesd, a rheumy             sue2z

Fibromyalgia, ulcerative colonitus, arthritus, bi-polar
norspan patch, valium, prothiedon, lyrica

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