Hi, Jennifer, and welcome back! It sure sounds like you have fibro. If I were you, I'd find a different doctor to treat you. Doctors are not gods, even thought a few think they are. They also do not know everything. I love the saying, "Remember, 1/2 of the doctors graduated in the lower half of their class and yours could be one of them!" I use an Internist for my doctor but many use a rheumatologist. Before you make an appointment, call and ask, flat out, if the doctor treats patients with fibromyalgia. If not, keep going through the phone book. You will probably have better luck with a rheumy, though.
Reread the Fibro 101 thread...the second thread on the forum. There is a lot of good info about fibromyalgia in there. There is a link to Doctors Respond to New York Times Article. You might want to print that out just in case you are trying to prove it is not all in your head! It is a great link!
Many with fibro are on antidepressants. I think it's the serotonin level that is lower and needs to be elevated. This is one symptom of fibro. So, it's not unusual that you started feeling depressed. (Jeannie knows more about this stuff than I do. I'm one of the rare ones that does not suffer from depression.)
The fog can be quite frustrating. You have to develop a sense of humor about it because if you get angry, you are stressing yourself and making all the symptoms worse...the pain and the fog! I used to remember everything but I have been known to have to look on my checks to see what my phone number is now! Many times the words are on the tip of my tongue but I just can't pull them up! I usually remember them a couple of days later. So, that's what the fog does to me. I need to write things down, etc. so you are not alone here either!
I use ibuprofen and Tylenol for pain and malic acid/magnesium supplements for pain and fatigue. There is a link all about them in the Fibro 101 thread. You might consider this. Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist. They should not hurt you since these nutrients are found in the foods we eat.
My best suggestions to you are to get a doctor that understands and treats fibro and to relax. You are letting fibro stress you out big time and that is just making things worse for you. Your anger and frustration is understandable but you need to relax, face fibro dead in the eye, and gain control over it. Right now, it is controlling you. We will help you do that. You need to come here, read posts, read Fibro 101, and ask questions so we can help you. I have had fibro for 21 years and have had a really full and enjoyable life so far and you can too! Hope to hear more from you soonl
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