I registered a while back and posted for a few days, but as I haven't officially been diagnosed with fibro, I feel a bit of a fraud participating. However, I am lurking on here nearly every day, taking comfort from your strength and humour. I identify so much with what you are living with day to day.
I am feeling rough, and very low because of it.
I have official dx for TMJ, chronic candida, vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis, cervical spondylosis, IBS and irritable bladder - but all under separate docs!!!! My general doc has prescribed amitryptyline for pain relief and help sleeping, in addition to the diflucan (fluconazole) I am already on for candida and citalopram for depression & anxiety. I've put on loads of weight since starting the amitryptyline a few months back and have gone from a petite waist size of 28" right up to 35" and am struggling to get clothes that fit my waist without hanging off my hips & butt!!!! Really adds to the depression for a previously svelte 40 something. .... and I'm so hot & dripping with sweat!
Last couple of weeks, I have felt so weak and in so much pain that I am utterly fatigued. I work full time and last week, I decided to take Friday off as a personal day. Just couldn't get through a full week. I slept from 22.00 Thurs right through to 16.00 Friday and then felt mad & cheated that I had missed my day off! Today I have gone back to work and have come home with pains in my back, shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, and so so tired I can hardly speak. I couldn't for the life of me work out how to cook an evening meal. Hubby had to fend for himself (awww, shame!!!!) I could be tempted to reach for the red wine to blot it out, but can't tolerate it cos of the meds - I would never get up for work tomorrow!
Don't know what to do next. None of the specialists I have seen have attempted to connect my ailments - they are all just interested in their one little piece of me. When I gave my general practitioner a list of all my ailments, she just said " so you have poor day to day quality of life" and prescribed the amitryptyline.
My doc, I'm sure, thinks that all my ailments are due to depression. They sure all cause depression. I just feel that I've been to her so many times over the last couple of years, she will think I am trying to find an alternative for the sake of it. How do I broach the possibility of fibro without her thinking I'm a hypochondriac? Seems like chicken & egg to me - which came first, pain conditions and then depression, or depression lead to pain conditions? Have been through stressful divorce from alcoholic husband of 20 yrs, moved home twice in a year, remarried and inherited new stepson etc etc, hassle from ex hubby who still torments my 2 lovely girls etc etc
Oh, quit moaning Nicky!!!! Any advice, help, pointers in right direction would be so gratefully received.
Feel better for venting and hope you all don't mind!
Love to all