Hi Pixelina and welcome. My fatigue started about your age, or at least when it got so bad I thought something was wrong. Okay, let me back up a little, extreme anxiety was the first problem but I believe that was due to a very stressful family situation that went on for what seemed like forever and I was put on meds for the anxiety. My doc and I both made excuses for the fatigue in the beginning peri-menopause, age and the meds I was on for the anxiety which made sense. It kept getting worse til I got to the point of only being able to go for a few hours a day and dragging myself to the shower was a job so I went to doc and told him something was really wrong. We started testing and found out I had sjogren's which has a lot of the same symptoms as fibro, I accepted that for awhile, but then had a feeling there was more wrong than sjogren's. I knew nothing about fibro except it was a few aches and pains so didn't give that a thought and what pain I was having I could explain away. Many test and about four years later I had my first full blown, "been beaten with a baseball bat", flare which just happened to happen on a day I had a doc app. He did the tender point test and bingo everything fell into place for him. He told me to go home and research fibromyalgia and when I did I was devastated to find out this is what I had and there was no cure for it.
Up til about two and a half years ago I still didn't have the pain that so many on here have and it was mostly in my back, shoulders and shoulder blades. The pain at that time never stopped me from doing whatever I wanted but the fatigue did. Then our family suffered the horrible loss of a loved one and life stopped for me for a long time and I have never gotten back to where I was before. I also have myofacial pain syndrome, MPS, and have knots in the muscles that just keeps spreading, I think I have knots on top of knots.
I think one of the reasons it took so long for my pain to get so bad it became a problem is that I was on amitriptyline for the anxiety which is rxd for fibro. I tried cutting down on it spring before last and went into a two week burning flare from hades but as soon as the level got back up to 100 mg it went away and I have not had that kind of flare since.
Fibro starts so many different ways for people physical or mental stress and sometimes for no reason at all.
Does it hurt if you lay with your knees together??? This is something I can not do without pain. I also have the burning and numbness in my feet which is neuropathy and I'm not diabetic.
I guess for some of us we have to wait til fibro shows all of it's ugly symptoms to get a dx.
You are more than welcome to hang with us and hopefully learn a lot more about fibro.
luv and hugs
Forum Moderator Fibromyalgia
Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium, Osteoarthritis and Celiac
Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches, Carafate and Prilosec