Wow, I read your post thinking that I could have written the exact same thing two years ago!
Yes, my BIG symptom (that I assume is due to fibromyalgia) is lower back pain. Mine can be excruciating. The difference between your lower back pain and mine is that mine gets worse when I walk (you said yours get better when you walk?)....to the point that I'm forced to stop walking and sit after a very short time.
This isn't necessarily going to happen to you, but my back pain became bad enough that I had to get a wheelchair in order to be able to continue to go to work. I couldn't even walk from my office to my car anymore. I have to use the wheelchair in the kitchen too, because I can't stand long enough to cook much of anything before the pain becomes unbearable.
In any case, yes, everything you describe....the fatigue, feeling like you just have
to sleep sometimes, back pain, muscles aching and feeling heavy....they all sound like typical fibro symptoms.
HOWEVER, I should sound a cautionary note here: a positive ANA is NOT a sign of fibromyalgia.....it's an indicator of an active autoimmune disease process
. Your joint pain and fatigue, etc., could also be due to lupus, or even a combination of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus, known as rhupus.
We are not doctors here and cannot diagnose anything....we can only share our own experiences. I can tell you that I ultimately ended up being diagnosed with fibro, RA, AND lupus, along with many other disorders. Fibro tends to accompany autoimmune diseases even though it is not classified as autoimmune.
Please talk to your doctor about
the positive ANA and the possibility that you have an autoimmune disease as soon as possible.....good luck! Keep us posted!
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