Hi, Leanne, and welcome! It sounds like you could possibly have fibromyalgia. Also there is another problem called myofascial pain syndrome. When you mentioned the fascial constriction, I automatically thought of that. Here is a link to a post I made several days about about this illness. Read it and see what you think.
People with fibro usually have pain in the back, shoulders, and neck along with fatigue and pain elsewhere. Many have TMJ and IBS, too. We also can have hypothyroidism.
People with fibromyalgia can be deficient in vitamin D. That can cause pain and fatigue. I live in Florida and thought I wouldn't have to worry about that but I was still deficient in D and I am now having to take 3,500 IU a day to keep my levels in the low-normal range. Also, many with fibromyalgia are deficient in malic acid and magnesium so I take supplements and this has helped me with pain and fatigue. They don't work for everyone but they have helped me.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good information about fibromyalgia including a list of symptoms, a link about Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Vitamin D supplements, malic acid/magnesium supplements and how they work in your body, and also a link called What Else Could It Be? There are good stretching exercises that can help you and all sorts of good information on that thread. You just might see yourself there.
If you do think this is what is going on, you could print out some information and take it with you when you go to see your doctor. Also, keep a daily journal about how you are feeling. This will help your doctor, too. I do hope your doctor believes that fibromyalgia exists. If they don't and you have access to more doctors, then get a doctor that does understand and treat patients with fibro.
I'm so glad that you found us and joined in. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Try and read back posts, too. There is a world of information in them, too. Please let us know what you find out, too. We really do care about you. I hope to hear more from you soon.
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 8/18/2009 7:41:16 PM (GMT-6)