How do you know what's what or does it even matter?

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   Posted 11/11/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok.  I have four diagnoses - all involving pain.  I think the pain in my neck and migraines are from the myofascial, hips are from arthritis and hypermobile joints, feet?  back?  Yesterday I felt awful like I had the flu.  How do I know what is causing what pain.  I am still trying to figure this out.
I am also trying to figure out how long I have had this.  It all seems a lot worse than it used to be, so maybe the fibro is new.  It just seems as if it would be helpful if I can point to a pain and say to myself, "oh that's the fibro." or whatever.   Maybe I can help myself better that way.
I dunno, maybe I'm being silly.  How do you all know?  Do you know?

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   Posted 11/12/2008 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Sue, we don't know!  I don't know, my doctor doesn't know for sure.  I have a foot that has been bothering me.  My doctor "thinks" it could be gout but it doesn't fit the description on the Mayo Clinic site.  I think it could be fibro because I had a similar situation last year and it went away.  So, I'm just biding my time and dealing with it.  I don't dwell on it or try to figure it out because I can't and neither can he!

I have seen many really good doctors over the years and they either don't know what's causing my problems, they "think" they "might" know, or they do know but can't do anything about it.  That's why I learned to ignore things and move forward.  Now, of course, if something REALLY different happened, I head to the doctors.  But for these aches and pains I don't.  There really isn't much they can do about it.  I have found that the pain has gotten a little worse over time, too, but, again, I just deal with it.

I wish I could give you a better answer but you might as well climb in our boat and enjoy the ride!  We really do have a good time.  yeah


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   Posted 11/12/2008 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine is right,

We can't spend too much time dwelling on what is causing what. Fibro has so many symptoms and it can get confusing. Like she said though, unless it is something major, I just chalk it up to fibro.

I hope that you feel better soon.

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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Sue they are right unless something happens that you feel you need to see a doc right away for you might as well stop trying to figure every pain out. I have osteoarthritis but fibro amplifies the pain so it is actually both at work. I have neuropathy that causes the burning in my feet, but I'm not diabetic. I have aching, soreness, burning, tingling, sharp pains, dull pains and sometimes it feels like my joints are being pulled apart, there is not enough hours in the day to try to figure it all out.
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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Ok then.  That's kinda what I thought.  But I am new to all of this.  It is so weird having a doctor take me seriously.  That's kind of sad to day, huh?  I've been working so hard at grad school that I forgot to go to my biofeedback appt. yesterday.  We can miss only so many appts before we get kicked out of the program.  I am going to explain that to the psychologist today because he is calling me at 3:00 for my monthly 15 minute phone appt.  Hopefully they will understand. 


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