Hi, I'm brand new to the forum. First post.
So, to give some context, I have been having pain in basically my entire anterior region (neck, shoulders, back, hips, sometimes legs and feet) as well as the side/front of my hips and legs. This has been going on for between 2.5 and 3 years, with a couple months here and there where it's not too bad followed by months of very bad symptoms. I also have balance and dizziness problems which I have yet to discover the source of.
My problem is that my (adopted, not biological) mother has chronic pain caused by degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia (possibly something else too but I was young when she was diagnosed and I lose track of it all). She walks with a cane and sometimes uses a mobility scooter when we're out for a long time. I'm not sure about
her current pain management system but I know she has sworn off narcotic pain meds (long backstory there but she basically undermedicates but thinks she's an addict).
Even though I feel so bad, in pain and with so much fatigue and no endurance to do more than the bare minimum and even that is exhausting, I feel like I can't do anything about
it. I still live at home, to save money while I'm in college, and so everything I do is under her microscope. I feel like I might need to seek a diagnosis and use mobility aids, but I'm scared she thinks I'm a hypochondriac (which she has called me in the past for my other illnesses).
I'm in pain and no over-the-counter meds help. I don't have the energy to do much of anything and I feel like I'm missing out. Maybe my pain isn't as bad as hers, but it's still bad and still negatively impacting my life. That's valid, right? I don't know, am I just overreacting?
I have made a couple of paragraphs in your post to make it easier to read. Some of our members have tracking problems when reading. Thanks.
Post Edited By Moderator (straydog) : 10/2/2016 3:16:53 PM (GMT-6)