And welcome to our Fibro Family! You sure have received a lot of good information and experience already. As I read through your first post I kept nodding my head...yep, that's likely fibro, yep, that one too. None of us are doctors but we do know what fibro feels like! As long as your doctor is eliminating other disorders and then diagnoses you with fibro, then I think it's very reasonable to accept it and trust the doctor.
As for mother-in-law, I'm guessing she flat out does not want you to be sick! I'm not sure why except for the obvious...who wants a loved one to be sick? My former MIL had different reasons for something like this. If I was sick then SHE didn't get all of the attention so she would always blow off anything that happened to me...lol I'm not saying your MIL is doing this, just that there are a lot of reasons why a family member wants to diagnose others in the family. But is isn't serving her any purpose to already decide what you have before your doctor comes up with a good diagnosis. You should have a good talk with hubby about
this...in a very loving way. She likely means well but she needs to be
open to what the doctors are telling you.
One thing I would do if I were you is to keep a pain journal for a while. In the FIbro 101 there is a link to a free journal page. Here's the link...www.painfoundation.org/learn/publications/files/TargetDailyLog.pdf
You print one page for each day and fill them out. Try not to miss too many days because this will give you a good view of what your pain and other symptoms are like hour by hour, day by day, week by week. But even more important is you will take it with you to each doctor appointment and ask them to review it while you are sitting there. This is one of the best ways they can see your symptoms and if they do prescribe any medications is will show them exactly how they are or are not working to control your pain. This only take 3-4 minutes a day but it can make your life worth living by getting great medical care!
You are not alone now. Even if you do not have fibro and find it's something else you can come over the the Chronic Pain forum or any others on Healing Well and find wonderful people who will be right here when you need us. It's how we are!
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