As I have said in the Fibro forum, I have been suffering with the following symptoms for the past 22 years:
widespread pain (migrates around my body)
itchy skin (sometimes)
myofascial pain (joints, extremities, deep muscular ache)
persistent muscle pain
sore throat, bit of pain when swallowing.
Chills and night sweats
extremely sensitive (including arthritis pain) to weather changes
sensitivity to paint, strong cologne/perfume and other airborne chemical irritants
muscle tics/facial tic
Fibro-fog (brain fog) (cognitive dysfunction/memory impairment – the "I can't think" syndrome) including memory or impaired concentration
Sometimes my vision goes blurry on me when I'm feeling tired and dizzy, but I have 20/10 vision in one eye, 20/20 in the other, sensitivity to light, dry eyes)
Post-exertional malaise lasting more than 24 hours (exhaustion and increased symptoms)
Un-refreshing sleep (trying to figure that one out with oxymetrics and perhaps further testing based on the results)
After 22 years of gritting my teeth and just doing what I had to do, this last time I had to do a move in 24 hours, I ended up collapsed on my bed after the move for the next two weeks unable to do much of anything.
My family physician thinks that it might be Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Fibromyalgia, but we're going after more tests to make absolutely certain of the diagnosis.
No Dx yet, working on it.
Oxymetry Test done March 1, 2007, new Dr. appt: Tuesday next week.
Most people who live with a chronic illness will tell you that relapses are made much worse by the fact that they follow temporary remissions, when we think, with the eternal optimism of well-being, that we have escaped the clutches of pain for good. ~ "Well, I guess I'll stop thinking then!"