Hi, Rachel, and welcome! I'm so sorry for all you are going through. You do have a lot on your plate. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is usually given after other illnesses are ruled out. Many tests are run because fibromyalgia symptoms are similar to other illnesses that can be treated. Actually, these other illnesses can get worse so it's important to get them ruled out.
Because of the deer tick incident, please ask your rheumatologist to run tests for Lyme disease. They can take the blood work and, hopefully, send it to Igenex, a lab in Palo Alto, California. It is the most accurate lab in diagnosing Lyme. You do want to rule that out.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good information about fibromyalgia, including a link to symptoms of fibro and also a link to What Else Could It Be? You will learn a lot from Fibro 101.
I'm so glad you found us and joined in. Read back posts, since there is a world of info in them too, and also, don't hesitate to ask questions. We are here to help you. I'm happy you are here and I hope to hear more from you soon.
Post Edited (Splendidlife) : 9/16/2009 6:03:43 PM (GMT-6)