I believe I have been experiencing symptoms of fibro ever since about the time I reached adulthood. Fatigue was the biggest problem for a long time. I always compare it to feeling the way I felt when I got mono as a teenager-- completely drained, no matter how much sleep I got. For several years it was just the fatigue along with some occasional pains that would come and go without explanation. The worst pains were always my back.
When I was twenty-one I experienced an uproar of back pain that lasted three days. Basically, all I could do was lie in bed. Then, it all went away. Between then and August of last year I experienced several more flares of the same nature, but never sought medical attention.
Then, in August of last year, I started having back pain that wouldn't let up. First, it wasn't terribly bad, but it got worse and worse. Finally, in January (when I got my health insurance plan changed) I started seeing a chiropractor. She couldn't believe how stiff and tense my back was for someone my age, and she sent me for x-rays. She didn't find anything that seemed serious. She just said that a section of my spine was too straight, and after a series of adjustments she said that it had gotten better.
In the meanwhile, I decided to talk to my regular physician about my back pain. He told me that he felt chiropractic treatments were probably a good way to cure the pain, and in the meanwhile he put me on percocet (prn) and naproxen (bid). Percocet eased some of the pain, but I didn't want to stay on it long term, so I asked my doctor and he had me try tramadol instead. Tramadol made me really sick, and I soon gave it up, going back to the percocet because I didn't know what else to do.
Gradually, the pain made it's way into my neck, shoulders, and hips. Meanwhile, the stiffness got so bad I could hardly move. Anyway, I kept seeking medical attention until I received the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
Now, the meds I take seem to help a good bit with pains I experience in my hands, feet, arms and legs. But they do not help at all with the pain and stiffness in my back, neck, shoulders and hips. It's a different kind of pain. I don't know how to describe it other than to say that it's a pain so deep it feels like nothing could ever touch it. Percocet masks it sometimes or dulls it down a little, but that's the best relief I've had. Now doctors don't want to continue giving me percocet because they say that the other meds I'm on should be helping. But they don't.
I'm just wondering if you all think that my back pain is just fibro, or if you think it could be something else. I don't know what to think. All the spots where I have pain fit the tender points diagram almost perfectly. Several people have suggested that I should also see a spine specialist or a neurologist to make sure nothing else is wrong. Now I'm not sure what to do.
23 years old
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in April 2009 ~ Suffering since 2008
Diagnosed with Depression & Anxiety in 2007 ~ Suffering since childhood
Diflusinal, Nortryptiline, Celexa, Flexeril & Percocet as needed
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