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   Posted 9/3/2009 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this forum and I was trying to find information on Fibromyalgia but cant seem to find what I am looking for. Today at a doctors appt the doctor asked me if I have it and I told don't know never been told I have it so it made me start wondering, what if the way I bruise easy or the cramps and aches I have in my legs my arms are from this.......Of course our doctors we have being military are only PA (Phyicians Assistants) and dont really go in any further other than, umm you might have this let me send you for test or I am not sure what or if there are test to find out if you have this... confused   So by this point I am curious are there test to find out if you have fibromyalgia??? I am 33 years old and until 2 months ago I was in the gym twice a day and running around with my kids and needless to say I am at standstill with all these aches and pains that I have never had before... Sometimes it feels like I didnt stretch out before I worked out but keep in mind I am not working out cause I ache too much! Then the pain is constant for the rest of the day! But then it seems like this pain starts and next thing I know I need to go out to do something and I start walking and I am fine but then the time I am sitting still watching tv with the family it starts hurting again.
Can someone give me some insite confused

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   Posted 9/3/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum Ronee,

Check out the 101 fibromyalgia thread at the left hand corner of the page. You will
find some great information.

Sometimes getting a diagnosis for fibromyalgia can be a slow process. There are other
disorders and diseases that have simular symptoms. You already did the first step by
meeting with your doctor. Can you get a referral to a rheumatologist ? Bring a list of
symptoms and any questions you may have. There is a tender point exam he can do.
Fibromites have tender points that are bilaterally located on the body.

Many fibromites feel an allover muscle achiness, with overwhelming fatigue. Not all
of us have exactly the same symptoms.

I hope you can call your doctors office to get a referral,
keep us posted



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   Posted 9/3/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad that you found us and hopefully you will start to have some answers. Check out the first thread in the forum, fibro 101. It has many resources for you to read over and a (long) list of symptoms that you can get with fibro. There is no test for fibro, it is more of an elimination of other conditions. Walking is an excellent exercise, moving will actually help ease your pain. I never used to exercise, then when I got sick, I felt like I could hardly move at all. Just thinking about getting up and playing with the kids was too much effort for me. Then I plodded on and started exercising, like everyone here told me to do, and now I am stronger than I ever was and in better shape. So I'm sure you will be able to hit the gym again, maybe just a little easier than before.

I'm sure some of the long time members here will be around shortly with wonderful advice and support. They have really helped me make some sense out of what was happening to me. Take care.
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   Posted 9/3/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Print a copy of the symptoms in the fibro 101 thread and see how many apply to you. There is a lot of testing that needs to be done before you can get a fibro dx to rule out all the other things it could be which is also in the fibro 101 thread. Fibro is dxd with an elimanation process and the trigger point test, at least for me it was. If the PA doesn't have a clue about fibro ask to be referred to a rheumatologist even if you have to go off base to see one, but it has to be one that believes in fibro.

I explain the pain to others by telling them it's like working out in a gym all day and over doing it except all I did was clean house for a few hours. Most people have over done it with exercise at sometime in their lives and can relate to that.

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   Posted 9/3/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome to the family...even if you don't end up having fibro.

This is a difficult disorder to get a diagnosis and does take lots of testing, like Marlee said. Below are some links to good information on how a fibromyalgia diagnosis is achieved. These are from the National Institute of Health ( Good reading, in my opinion.

Please stay with us and keep asking questions. Many people have brought their own online research to their doctor and it has helped immensely to get a proper diagnosis and much faster than the normal 5-7 years! Yep, that's right. Many people keep suffering with pain and the doctors can not find out why. Often after seeing a dozen doctors or more they get down to what's really causing the problem...fibromyalgia.

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   Posted 9/3/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, and welcome!  You have gotten great information and advice already.  I just wanted to say hello!

You were already directed to the Fibro 101 thread but also, reading back posts might help you, too.  With all the info on this forum, you might see what is going on with  you.  Don't hesitate to ask questions either because we are here to help you.

I'm so glad you found us and joined in!  I hope to hear more from you soon.


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