Hey spicey. I read your thread and I can relate with your symptoms. I too have had all the symptoms that you are having besides the diarhea. My question to you is have you ever been bitten by a tick or do you live in an area that is known to have ticks (i.e. wooded area w deer or other animals known to carry them). Or have you even traveled to a similar area recently? Also have you had very bad headaches that lasted for days or months? I am not a doctor and don't mean to scare you or anything, but I would suggest having some bloodwork done to help rule out lymes disease even though the results for lymes are not that accurate but it may help. I was bit by a tick 8 years ago and my doctors are convinced I might have fibromyalgea but I am almost positive it is Lymes. In fact, I believe Lymes causes most fibromyalgea especially to those who are not elderly and not correctly diagnosed. I don't mean to scare you or try to persuade you that you have Lymes (because you probably dont, but who knows), however if you did and you were able to catch it early you would be in so much less pain!!! Take it from a 23 year old male who has fibro/lymes symptoms and feels like a 90 year old man! Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you get some answers.
You probably didn't get an answer because the PT isn't a doctor and they have to be careful about what they say. She/He should have told you to go to the doctor to be tested. Even the doctors don't know why we get this, they just have theories right now. I'd still get some more Lyme tests, the test 3 yrs ago aren't applical to today. You can get Lyme anytime of year. My last bout with it came from a tick bite in February (I lived in NJ at the time.. so it was snowy and cold)
Hi, Spicey, and welcome! The symptoms you described are symptoms of fibromyalgia...but they can also be symptoms of other illnesses, including Lyme, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. I have had fibromyalgia for 22 years and do not have Lyme disease or any of the other illnesses.
Many members see a rheumatologist for their diagnosis and treatment. I see a board certified Internist. The most important thing is that they believe in fibromyalgia! There are still doctors out there that don't. Ask if they treat patients with fibromyalgia before you make your appointment. A good doctor will run many tests to rule out these other illnesses before a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is given.
We have all been where you are now. I know it can be frightening but you will get some questions answered when you see your doctor. Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good information about fibromyalgia in there, including sysmptoms and a link called What Else Could It Be.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in. Our members are wonderful and love to help one another. The bonus is that we really do care about one another, too. So, read the Fibro 101 thread, back posts, and ask questions. We are here to help you.