Hi, welcome to the forum! Who really knows what causes of fibro? The cause is unknown.
Many of us can attribute a tramatic event, overwhelming stress, an illness while others
could say, it came out of nowhere.
We all share some of the same symptoms, the pain, fatigue and fibro fog, but we are all
individuals and I don't think no two of our illnesses are the same. We all lead differant lifes,
take differant meds and have differant stressors.
Fibro diagnosis is difficult because of the shared symptoms with other disorders. Blood tests
need to rule out connective tissue disease, and a tender point exam should be given.
The American College of Rheumatology says a person should have a history of widespread
pain for at least three months. There are 18 designated tender points that should be checked.
There is no ryhme or reason why pain is overwhelming one day and the next day doing
the same activity the level of pain isn't as high. With fibro nothing is consistent, the pain
is always lingering but you never kwno how bad you will feel from day to day. It always keeps
you guessing, but I know the pain isn't all in my head!
Time will tell whether your diagnosis is a correct one. I hope that you don't have it!
MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative
Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins
Post Edited (crazykitty) : 1/20/2010 7:13:56 PM (GMT-7)