This sure sounds like Fibro to me. It is definitely not just a woman's condition. More women suffer from it, but I know a friend of mine whose husband has it and it had to quit his job. I certainly would see your dr ASAP and tell him that you feel you may have Fibro. Being diagnosed and knowing is better than not knowing. Also, anxiety can make fibro much more painful. A lot of people with fibro suffer from anxiety and depression. This can cause terrible "flares", and it becomes a vicious circle. Dont be afraid to talk to your dr. Its better to find out now, so you can get your anxiety under control. This is a great forum and has helped so many people.
Hope you feel better and get the help your need
Hi joleesdad and Welcome-
I could have written this post. I know exactly what you are going through. When I was your age I had severe anxiety and became borderline agoraphobic. I had little or no quality of life also. I was a mess!!! It took time, but with professional help I overcame it. Anxiety does not affect my life anymore except just prior to seeing the dentist or flying on an airplane. Are you seeing a counselor or psychologist/psychiatrist?
I did not talk to anyone about my anxiety because I thought they would think I was crazy- well we are not crazy- you just have anxiety, and when that gets fixed you will join the human race again. After getting help, I started to talk about it and found out that my mother also had anxiety but she never talked about it and so did lots and lots of other people! Yes, I feel it is inherited. I have two sons - 32 yrs and my youngest 17. My oldest son did show signs of anxiety when he was around 18 and had it for a year. He has not had it anymore. But I know he has a prediposition to it because of me. My 17 yr. was starting to show signs of anxiety this winter and I got him in to see his Pediatric Dr. that has known him for years and he is now taking Zoloft. And he is not feeling the anxiety anymore.
Sounds like you have fibro symptoms and I would tell your Dr. about the pain and start getting some relief! There is no need for you to suffer. And if your Dr. does not understand fibro, go to another one until you get a good Dr. and you can start getting some of this under control.
It's hard for others (wife) to understand what we are going through unless they experience it for themselves- maybe even family counseling till you are functioning better?
Nice to meet you and hang in there! Lots of great support here!
Though FMS is more common in women it can affect men too. I'm almost 100% sure my dad had it. He had lots of symptoms. And I think my sister and I inherited it from him.. (thanks Pop).
You should go see your dr. and get a confirmation, be sure to write down your symptoms so you'll have everything in order when you go. I noticed you were taking kolinipin, that stuff can knock you on your butt, my sister takes it so I know a good bit about that med. Depression & anxiety are common with fibro, but they can also cause pain. So a dr's evaluation will be needed. Another thing that mimics fibro is Lyme Disease.. so you should get tested for that too.
I hope like heck you don't have FMS, but if you do this is an awesome forum to learn more about it and share your experience with folks that understand and truly care about you.
Keep in touch and let us know how you're doing.