Welcome to the family Sunflower. No it's not a coincidence that there are so many people in the world with the same symptoms. Fibro has been around for a long time under different names. Don't ever let anyone tell you this is all in your head, well okay, your head and the rest of your body maybe.
It took me a few years to get a dx cause my biggest problem was fatigue and still is most of the time. My doc had ruled out everything else it could be, which is listed in the fibro 101 thread, and it took an all over been beaten with a baseball bat flare for it to all click for him. I didn't know much about fibro til I went home and researched it that day and I knew that was it.
I was already on amitriptyline and xanax for anxiety which may have been helping the pain part of fibro without my doc or I knowing it. I tried cutting back on the amitriptyline over a year ago cause of the side effects and went into a horrible flare for two weeks til I got it back up to where it was. That was enough to make me believe that it is helping. I take tylenol 4 times a day. I also have a really bad medphobia from having so many bad reactions with my stomach to different meds so I have not tried any of the new meds for fibro. I get them filled and they sit in the cabinet til I throw them away.
I use heat in any form for relief, wet or dry. I use lidoderm patches for areas close to the skin. They are 4x6 sheets with lidocaine in them that stick to your skin. You need a rx for them and it's 12 hrs on and 12 off. I use a TENS unit to interrupt the pain signals to the brain when it's really bad.
Many with fibro also have low vit B12 and vit D. My B12 is okay but my D is low.
You will love it here and get lots of help with dealing with fibro and all that comes with it.
luv and hugs
Forum Moderator Fibromyalgia
Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium and Osteoarthritis
Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches and Tramadol
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