Hi, Lisa, and welcome! I'm so glad you found us and joined in. You could have fibromyalgia but there are other illnesses that have the same symptoms. You need to sit down with a good doctor that does believe the fibro exists and let them know what you just told us. They will run tests to rule out other problems before a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is given.
I see that Bootknife directed you to the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good information about fibro, including a list of symptoms, some good stretching exercises that really work, and a link to What Else Could It Be?"
Crunchy knee, huh? Welcome to the Fibromyalgia Rice Krispies Club! Many have body parts that crunch! LOL Makes life interesting. At least we know you aren't a cat burgler!
I take malic acid/ magnesium supplements for pain and fatigue and they have helped me. They have helped others, but not everyone. There is a link in the Fibro 101 thread all about these. Also, many with fibromyalgia are deficient in Vitamin D. I live in Florida and was shocked that I had that problem, with all the sun we have. I'm now taking 3,500 IU of D3 a day. This would be another good thing for your doctor to check you for. A vitamin D deficiency can cause pain and fatigue, too. I still get fatigued but not nearly as much. Medications can do this to you, too.
Anyway, read back posts since there is a world of information in them, and ask questions. We are here to help you. I'm happy you are here. I think you'll like it. I hope to hear more from you soon.
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