Hi, and welcome. As I am sure you will hear from other members, extensive testing for other disorders are always done before a definitive dx of fibro. It sounds like you have had the blood work (ANA for autoimmune, RA factor, sed rate etc) and they were all normal. Many of the symptoms you describe could point to fibro...did your doctor even mention the possibility? If you read through the posts on this forum, so many doctors still do not believe this conditon exists and it is good to find a good rheumotologist/neurologist to confirm your suspicions. ( a fibro literate doctor).
My son had EBV and had a fever, swollen glands and a sore throat for months. These are common red flags for Epstein Barr.
I also am wondering about the Cymbalta...side effects of any SSRI or SNRI can give you some of the symptoms you describe...the dizziness, shortness of breath, blurred vision and even muscle aches and pains. I know because I was on Lexapro for two years and did not attribute these symptoms to the drug until I weaned off. I thought it was just a worsening of my fibro symptoms. NOT! I'm not implying that this is your problem but is just a thought and would ask you doctor about it, especially with your sensitivity to drugs in general.
Good luck in getting the answers you need and keep us posted.
Hi, and welcome! You have gotten some good ideas and help from our members. You do need to rule out other illnesses before fibro is diagnosed. It has many of the same symptoms as other illnesses.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There are links to good information about fibro, including a list of symptoms as well as a link called What Else Could It Be. You will learn a lot there and that may help you, too.
Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. I'm so glad you found us and joined in and I hope to hear more from you soon.
My heart goes out to you. From your description of having pain all over, fibro (fibromyalgia) is definitely a possibilty. In my case I am also tired, like a lot of people with fibro. As for advice, I can only tell you that what worked for me was changing the way I eat. I eat mostly a vegan diet, which really helps fibromyalgia for many people.
Whatever you do, don't let anyone convince you that it's all in your head. I got that type of response for years until I figured out how to help myself. Good luck to you.
I have numbness sensations and tingling in my legs, back and sometimes my arms. When I was first looking for a dx, I was told I did not have 'enough trigger point pain' and was dx'd with myofascial pain syndrome with a possibilty of fibrotitis...which was the old term for fibromyalgia. Very confusing. Now I leviate when those trigger points are pressed. I guess I am just saying you shouldn't allow a doctor to rule out fibro just because you don't scream in pain when the points are manipulated. I have a friend who is on disability for fibro and she only has only two sensative trigger points. Everyone is different, the pain migrates and new symptoms can crop up every day. I never experienced rib pain until this year, and I've had this disease for twenty years. I have also gone for long periods of time(serveral years, actually) with hardly any pain at all, which is not typical of fibro. Just makes you wonder...