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   Posted 10/28/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I'll try to make this as short as possible. Wasn't sure which board to post on. 30yo male 165-175lbs. A few years ago I noticed my stamina was not where it should be. I could barely run a mile. I started to go to the gym to work on this. I gained a little muscle and stamina. Could run about 3miles, not great but better. Then I started developing sinus problems like chronic sinusitis. This is something that I have lived with for a few years now. I went to a Dr. last year and he told me I needed endoscopic surgery to clear out my sinuses. I also did a basic allergy test, which revealed nothing. I was also tested for bakers and brewers yeast since I eat a lot of breads and I have noticed beer(alcohol) makes my sinuses worse. This didn't show anything significant. I constantly feel like I'm sick because of this. I have to clear my throat a lot, small short coughs, and some phlegm that is usually just clear/white. Sometimes usually in the morning a can swallow really hard to pull colored phlegm from my throat or nasal. It's like my sinuses cause this phlegm deep in my nasal and sometimes I can pull it out from a hard forceful swallow. I have also had joint/muscle pain for some time and it seems to be getting worse here lately. I have knee pain in one knee, elbow and wrist pain and back, shoulder and neck pain. All at different times. The neck, shoulder and back pain is the most prevalent. I always feel the need to stretch and crack these parts. My neck is very stiff in the morning and loosens up a bit in an hour or so. I do a lot of sitting at work and have my workstation setup as ergonomically as possible. Other people here are older, more out of shape and sit more than I do and they seem fine. Other than getting up and going to work I pretty much have no motivation/energy. When I get home I'm pretty exhausted and I've noticed when playing on the floor with my son I subconsciously lay down because of my pains and fatigue. When sitting, reading and looking down my neck will start to stiffen up and burn and tingle. I feel like I'm falling apart or something has a hold of me that I can't shake. Last night I just laid flat on my back for a while. I felt like I couldn't move then when I got up I felt better for a little bit. I went to a chiropractor for a while and realized that is just temporary short term relief. He didn't seem to really be fixing me it was more just cracking my neck and back. So I don't know if my sinus issue is associated with my muscle/joint pain. I have noticed that my short term memory is a little off and I have been experiencing bouts of depression. Any ideas or feedback is greatly appreciated. At this point I feel by the time I'm 40 I won't be able to move...


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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 10/28/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
All I can say is the obvious...see your doc! If he/she isn't able to find the solution, thn request a referral to someone who can. My doc was hesitant to give me any help, until the day I wrote down all 31 of the problems I had been having and presented it to him. When he saw how much it was affecting me, he gladly referred me to a rheumy, who gave me a diagnosis right away and is now working on making me feel better. My only regret is that I didn't force the issue sooner. I just kept making excuses for my feeling out of sorts, and suffering quietly. I ended up getting fired from a well paying job due to the fog, and didn't know why. If you are experiencing trouble at work, especially cognitive ones, don't wait until you are hauled in front of the boss to find the answers.
fibromyalgia, microscopic colitis, restless legs, polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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Date Joined Jan 2005
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   Posted 10/28/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi youngja!

And welcome to the fibro forum! Wow, you sure do sound like something is going on and you deserve the respect from your doctors to find an answers. With the pain you are having I would go to a good rheumatologist. If it's fibro this is the one who can diagnose it, as well as a good primary doc. But make sure when you see a rheumy to find out what his views on fibro are and how he treats it. Also a good primary doc can diagnose and treat it. That's what I do. I have no idea if that's what you have since we're not doctors, but a lot of your symptoms sure do make it possible.

Take a few minutes and look through the Fibro 101 post at the top of the forum page 1. There's good information many aspects of fibromyalgia. I will give you a better basis on which to judge your condition. I hope for your sake it's not fibro, but fibro is not life threatening so there are worse things to be dealing with.

To help with the pain until you might try heat..lots of very warm baths/showers can really help and when playing with your son go easy as not to over stretch anything. Just tell him daddy is achey and to be careful. We have to do that with grandkids now and then.

Please keep in touch and let us know how you're doing and what is happening with the doctor thing. Remember to go easy on the muscles, stretch slowly and gently, keep them warm and do what you can to get a lot of rest at night. In the mean time learn all you can from the folks here. It's not just for the technical knowledge but more for their experiences and support.

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.
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   Posted 10/28/2009 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   

HI, Youngja, and welcome!  You have been given great advice here.  You might check out the list of symptoms on the Fibro 101 thread and see how many pertain to you.  Print out the list and take it with you to your doctor so you can really explain what is going on with you.  I know that if I don't write things down, I get in the doctor's office and forget half of what I wanted to say.  So, this might help you.

I hope you can get some answers soon.  It's awful not understanding what is going on with your body.  Be sure to let us know what you find out.  We really do care.

I'm glad you found us and joined in.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  I hope to hear more from you soon.


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