Dear Phwootie: I wrote a longer response to you earlier this morning but my operating system is vista, not so good. I much preferred Windows XP but i had to buy on the cheap and sometimes Vista gobbles up my work. No big deal. The others that posted this morning covered pretty much what I was saying. As Fibromyalgis is a dx. of last resort, kind of what the doctors say when they can't find an alternative diagnosis for your pain. Therefore, I was wondering if your doctor ruled out lupus, MS, Epstein Barr virus, (mono) which apparently can stay in our systems many years after the initial infection, ofter chronic fatique patients show up with this virus. Once the obvious alternatives have been exhausted, often Fibro is the catch-all dx. Did the doctor identify 11 or more "trigger"spots, like inflamed nodules that when pressed hurt a lot and may cause you to lift up out of the chair,when pressed. that is the best identifier available to sugget Fibromyalgia as the diagnosis. Do you have endocrine system problems, for example I am hypothyroid, also menopausal. As you read through the threads, you'll see lot's of suggestions for dealing with the flares, and it certainly sounds to me, from your description, that you're in one now. I am sorry about that. I too am in a flare, presently, mostly due to being under a great deal of stress. I take amyltriptilene for my discomfort during a flare. It's got a few offputting side effects that make it difficult for many people to take. I grew used to it because when I was diagnosed in 1994, that was pretty much all that was available then. Either learn to live with the side effects or be in pain constantly. I chose the former. Others have a variety of meds that work for them, and some may work for you, others may not. I surely hope you can get some moist heat on the very tender areas and start to feel better soon.
Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.