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Posted By : Mella - 8/24/2017 1:18 PM
Hi there
I feel like I am over 100 years old all of the time. I am 45 and all over my body aches, it's been going on for about a year now, my neck is stiff, It hurts when I look left and right, I don't have the full range as it hurts if I try to look either side too far.
Along with this I have pain in my shoulder blades and when poked in that spot it is very painful. I have a similar pain in my hips, if I poke a certain point it is very very painful. Lower back is very painful. Problem is somedays the pain is worse in a particular area and I would go to GP and say I have a back pain they give me paracetomol (it doesn't help) then I just try to live with the pain, then months later I go to GP for my neck and they do the same. I am so down with this pain pain pain.It affects my sleep, I always feel exhausted and to do simple jobs like clean kitchen I have to constantly take breaks. I work 20 hrs a week and I sometimes find it diffucult especially when the back pain is bad. Mentally I feel like my processing speed is slow and I am so absent minded most of the time.
I recently had blood test they were all great and so too was my MRI of my spine.
Do you think this sounds like fibro and how do I get my GP to help me and take me serious???

Posted By : Sherrine - 8/24/2017 3:20 PM
Hi, Mella, and welcome. I would be looking for a different GP if mine ignored all of this discomfort. Having pain in all four quadrants of the body for several months is the main criteria of Fibromyalgia. Also we have cognitive memory problems and you mention some of this happening with you too. Your doctor might be one of the few who do not believe fibromyalgia s a true illness.

If you can, try to see a board certified Rheumatologist who treats fibromyalgia patients. There are still some in the Dark Ages when it comes to this illness so do ask before you make an appointment. They will run tests to rule out other illnesses that have many of the same symptoms...things like lupus and Lyme disease. Then a correct diagnosis can be given.

Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are links about fibro and you will learn a lot there. A good starting link would be A Thorough Explanation of Fibromyalgia. You just might see yourself there.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.

Sherrine

Forum Moderator/Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
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Posted By : Ljm2014 - 8/24/2017 3:40 PM
Hi Mella,

Sounds like fibro, but other things also mimick ..

When our tests all come back normal and we feel like this , it is often fibro..

At the very least , ask to be referred for some therapy..they can for sure help you with range of motion issues in the neck..

Many of us use the trigger point therapy book..to learn to release trigger areas..

Had a fall a while back and am getting some strain and counter strain therapy..its been a slow slog back to my normal..but i am progressing..

I also really like topical pain relievers, like pain erase, or soothenal x2, as i am med sensitive and cannot take tons.

Stretching as much as we can is important also..at times when i get myofascial trigger points, my therapist says they have to be released, cannot be stretched out ..on our own..almost like the fascia is locked and must be unlocked before you can get a full stretch.

My daughter also has fibro and is getting some help from acupuncture and light therapy..she seems the best she has been in years..she does not have it like mine is..

Lj

Posted By : Mella - 8/25/2017 2:41 PM
Thanks Sherrine and LJ for responding. Just having someone to talk to that understands is wonderful. One of the problems with the whole GP service in the UK is that you are pretty much limited to GP's in your area, and unfortunately the GP office in my area has a lot of Locum Doctors/Visiting Doctors like freelancers and each time I go back I see someone else, there is no continuity and I have to keep explaining myself to each new Locum.
Thanks Sherrine I am about to visit Fibro 101 and hopefully learn some more about Fibro.
LJ Sorry to hear about that fall, hoping for your circumstances to improve. Thanks so much to you both for replying, you certainly lifted my spirits.
I am going to book another appointment with my GP's office and just say to them I want a referral to a Rheumatologist. Hopefully they will do that.


Mella

Posted By : Ljm2014 - 8/25/2017 10:04 PM
Sounds like a good plan , if they handle it in your area.

We do need a good dr to help us at times.

Ask any questions if you have them, nice people here to try and help..

Happy weekend

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