Hey! Great question, although I was surprised that your GI diagnosed you with MCTD [mixed connective tissue disorder]. That was my first Dx, too- from a rheumatologist. Three months later I was seen by a new rheumy [we moved] and was told that MCTD did't even exist! MCTD is generally understood to be an auto immune issue, and the debate is still on regarding whether FM is a member of the auto immune category. Keep in mind that many professionals believe that the connective tissue in the body- the fascia- is a central focus of FM research, so there is much yet to be learned. Do some reading on myofascial pain and it may help some puzzle pieces come together. Here is a link to a site that I usually learn alot from- its a site that I am neither involved with, nor derive financial gain from- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed_connective_tissue_disease. Good luck learning and let us know anything you discover :)
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Dx FM- 2003
Rx Meds- Ultram, Flexeril, Toprol, Cymbalta, Buspar, Ambien
OTC meds [PRN]- Aleve, Benadryl, Claritin, B Complex, Vitamin D, Omega 3, Multi Vitamin