Hi, just thought I'd write a quick into post, as I'm new to this forum. The name's Garth, I'm 22 years old, and I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about
a month and a half ago. I decided to join this forum to be able to talk to people who can relate to the things I go through and have gone through before I was officially diagnosed. Getting the diagnosis was quite a shock to me, due to the fact that before I was diagnosed, I really had my doubt about
the existence of it, considering the only person I knew with it was a real addict type person. Guess it was a real kick in the butt by karma for me to get it diagnosed. I did not get my diagnosis until May of this year, when I was in the hospital for a couple weeks due to psychiatric reasons. [very long story, not really appropriate to talk about
here, but my symptoms of fibro DID play a huge part in that hospitalization] I had been seeing doctors for years for chronic headaches and nerve pain, had two brain MRIs and one MRI of my left hand, but those really didn't prove anything except for a misdiagnosis of carpal tunnel, [which I got unsuccessful surgery for] and a birth defect of the brain that supposedly has no effect of the rest of me. After explaining all of the symptoms beyond the disabling headaches and the nerve issues of my left hand, I went into the fact that I'm fatigued most of the time, nauseous and dizzy [to the point of falling down my stairs at home, which are a spiral staircase QUITE OFTEN], and the sleep problems [never had a deep sleep in my life, most of my sleep is in REM phase], and so on, the psychiatrist and a few of the nurses suggested fibromyalgia, so did one of the other patients there who also had it. After getting out of the hospital I saw my regular physician and she confirmed it after I explained everything to her. I'm not really sure when all this started showing up, but some of it I've had my whole life, and some of it has shown up and/or gotten worse in the past few years. I'm lucky to be on disability for mental health reasons, because there's no way I could attempt any sort of work at this point. I am on Ultram 50mg four times a day, but even with that the pain's only dulled enough to function around the house and get slight exercise every so often. I'm pretty dependent on caffeine and energy drinks due to the fatigue, and I've recently started drinking Yerba Mate more often because it has less of a crash than coffee and energy drinks do. Even after a month and a half of knowing I have this, I'm still in quite a shock knowing that I'm only 22 years old, and I have what seems to be a life long condition in which there's only management for, not a cure. I refuse to let it hold me back on living, but I'll admit there are some days where I hurt too bad to want to even get out of bed, or I'll sleep most of the day. Don't get the wrong idea, I'm not looking for pity and whatnot, just understanding and advice. I do realize I'm not the only one in the world with this, but it's a heavy load for me considering that I'm also schizophrenic, have PTSD, major depressive disorder, and gender identity disorder [I'm FTM transgendered]. I have however made many changes in my life recently such as overcoming my addictions of the past and improved relationships with my family and my significant other. It also helps to have the diagnosis of fibro so they realize that I'm not and haven't been making up all my physical symptoms for all this time, so they do go easier on me for certain things. Well, I'm sorry for such a long intro post, but I always have quite a bit to say. Looking forward to being a part of this forum, and thanks for reading if you've made it all the way to here.