quick question on my self diagnosis

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   Posted 4/4/2011 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been trying to figure out what causes my reoccurring pain and maybe fibromyalgia is is.
Here is my question: I have had ongoing sharp, severe pains in my clavicle, my shoulders and my hips over the last 5 years that come and go. Will usually start at night and I was thinking that I twist or lie on my side too much that would trigger it. But they are they same types of pains but not at the same time. Is it common with fibromyalgia to have a pain just in your left hip and no where else, have it slowly go away after a few days/weeks and then have another tender area of pain start months later. OR do you hurt all over the place at once and for longer periods of time.
Thought it might be a nerve that is being pinched. I do have a lymphoma and thought that it was a swollen lymph node possibly it was pinching a nerve.

Any thoughts anyone???

much thanks

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   Posted 4/4/2011 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi GB and welcome to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am sorry that you have to be here but very glad that you have found Healing Well. I do not suffer with Fibro so therefore, I cannot answer your questions. What I would like to point out, is there is a Fibro forum here at Healing Well and you would probably do best by going to the Fibro forum and asking your questions. The Fibro forum has some very wonderful people over there that would be glad to help you in any way about Fibro. Of course you are welcome here at the chronic pain forum anytime, I just think the Fibro folks can best answer your questions.

Take care and let us know what you find out.
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   Posted 4/5/2011 10:54 AM (GMT -6)   
   Dear GB,
     Good morning  :-)   Welcome to the Healing Well community. My name is Dani and it is very nice to meet you. As you can see, we have a great support group here.
      I am sorry that you have to endure so much pain for the last five years. Worse, without being diagnosed you just wont have access to good treatment. Fibromyalgia is very hard to navigate under the best of circumstances. First and foremost I would consider talking with your primary care physician (general doctor) so that he can get you referred to someone who will be able to help address and diagnose your pain. Rheumatologist or even Pain Management Specialist. Either one of those would be able to assess your pain and find the source.
     Here in the Chronic Pain Forum all have pain of some sort. Spine, joints, arthritis, fibromyalgia.. you name it! But we also have a Fibromyalgia forum you might want to stop by as well. Here is a link to their Information page as well as the chronic pain information page.
Oops, the chronic pain one is still under construction. So try to copy and paste the... herm. Yea copy and paste the web addresses. If you are still having trouble email me and I will send you the same info with "hotlinks"
     It was very nice to meet you. I look forward to hearing from you again.

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   Posted 4/5/2011 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry that you are suffering from pain issues....but glad you posted!  I do have fibro... the best way I can describe it is a widespread aching through every muscle in my body and several joints.  I've got "tender points" throughout my body - back, arms, hips, so forth.  It's like a deep, to the bone, aching. 
It's been quite a few years since I was diagnosed - but it's partly by exclusion of other diseases; but also you need the criteria to be diagnosed w/ fibro, including having (I think, but please don't quote me) 11 out of 18 tender points, as well as other symptoms.  I was diagnosed by my rheumatologist. I've got a zillion other pain issues, but this is one of my most long-standing.
Anyway, self-diagnosis is difficult because there are really so many things it could be.  Do you have a family practice doctor you could start with to see what's going on?  From there, you could visit a pain management doc and/or a rheumatologist, based upon their recommendations.

Good luck to you! Hope to see you posting more.
Main Health Issues: Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibro; Chronic Pain (back issues, migraines, carpal tunnel, among other things); Chronic Hypertension; Hypothyroidism and Hypoadrenalism; Mixed Sleep Apnea (on BiPap); Depression/Anxiety; Vitamin D Deficiency.

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   Posted 4/6/2011 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you had testing done through bloodwork,xrays,mri,etc? What type of doctors have you seen? I agree to talk to your gp and get some initial testing and to be refered to a specialist.
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