Hi Kellie and welcome! It's hard for me to pinpoint when my fibro 'started' but I am sure I have probably had it since I was a teenager...I am now 64. I had horrific menstration problems that included heavy bleeding, intense pain plus the cycle would last about ten days to two weeks and I became very anemic. After one D&C after another I finally had a hysterectomy at 23 years old because of bleeding ovarian cysts. I think that was the beginning of future fibro symptoms...some tingling and numbness sensations in my legs led the way to further testing and then the pain started. I was tested for all the obvious...MS, Lupus RA and other autoimmune disorders. But I guess to answer your question, after the hysterectomy the pain subsided, other strange skin sensations took over....burning, tingling, pulling tight, and feeling uncomfortable wearing certain fabrics, and of course bouts of fatigue. I was not offically dx'd with fibro until the mid ninties as the disease hadn't been clearly defined until then. I was always just treated for chronic pain.
I was prescribed Lexapro by my Rhuemy three years ago and took it for two years...it did nothing but make me a unemotional drone and I went off it...which was a nightmare and still is. Withdrawal from SSRI's are nasty and lingering and I wish I had never gone on it. My doctor's response was that these drugs are a 'lifetime committment' and I should have not gone off it. I know they have helped many people but it was not for me.
This is a wonderful, supportive, informative forum and I know others will give you their advice!
I am 39 and my husband says the same thing...age+weight. I am not buying it also. He doesn't believe there is something wrong with me. Just stress and taking care of the three kids. I do have pain and it moves around. I am also in the process of being diagnosed. I like it here and I think you will too!
Post Edited (KellieJo) : 4/7/2010 1:16:11 PM (GMT-6)