Can children get fibromyalgia?

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   Posted 2/24/2010 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
i've seen posts from young adults and teens with fibromyalgia, but was just wondering if children get this also?  I don't recall hearing personally of any cases.  Just curious.  Thanks for any info.

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   Posted 2/24/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't doubt that things we attribute to "growing pains" are actually signs of Fibro. Like you, I don't know of any cases personally, but it wouldn't surprise me.

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   Posted 2/24/2010 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
My rheumetologist told me that in all likliehood, I had been born with fibro. I was especially sensitive to pain growing up. I had pains constantly that I was told were just growing pains. So, I wouldn't doubt that children have fibro.
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   Posted 2/24/2010 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree! One of our moderators, Jeannie, has had it from birth. She said that she didn't know other people didn't hurt like she did. How are kids to know anything else is different from what they feel.

Most likely much of kids growing pains are just that, but there is a great difference between growing pains and fibro pain if a doctor will take the time to listen to the child. Just my opinion there...

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   Posted 2/24/2010 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
personally if my child developed fibro symptoms, I would get them check for Lyme first....

just my opinion.

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   Posted 2/25/2010 7:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Right with ya merrygirl! My mom has fibro and came out lyme negative. I think she should get a second
opinion. Thats coming from a person with Lyme and all the fibro symptoms (Me). Inflammation is causing
all my fibro symptoms.

Just my opinion

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   Posted 2/25/2010 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
i got fibro when i was 11. I'm 20 now. so, kids do get fibro
"never regret something that made you smile"

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   Posted 2/26/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
As Chutz said,I've had symptoms of fibro for as long as my memory at age 3. Don't have and never have had lyme. Growing up going to Catholic schools, long kneeling time at Mass, sit up straight in your chair, all the pain associated with good posture that I thought was normal. Keeping my knees together in a skirt was pure torture! I was overjoyed to get to college in '69 and be able to wear jeans to class!!! No more knees together for me!

I thought gymnasts and ballerinas just endured the horrible pain because they loved what they did. And when Jane Fonda came out with her "Feel the burn" exercise tapes I was at a loss. My legs have ALWAYS burned just from walking up stairs! Yea, and my daughter has the same problems plus more. Fibro is not a good thing but as one of our guys stated, "Fibro is a life sentence, not a death sentence." Mind over matter... we can do this.
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   Posted 2/26/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jeannie:  As a Catholic, I can relate to the sore knees.  I also have some trouble just balancing when it's time to stand.  I tend to alternate sitting and standing and it helps, and I reserve the kneeling for only specific parts of the Mass. 

Yes, thinking back to my grade school years, I remember little things like my finger and thumb muscles getting really sore just holding into something.  And, I've gotten toe/leg cramps off and on for years.  My neurologist asked me if I had "always been klutzy" (nothing like being blunt, eh??) and the answer is, yes.  Guess that's why I always hated P.E. and any sports.  The pieces fit, that's for sure.

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   Posted 2/26/2010 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
ive had fibromyalgia, since i was 11.
depression/anxiety/fibromyalgia - diagnosed - 2008

HLB 27 - positive - 2007

medicine - none

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   Posted 3/5/2010 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I've definitely had fibro symptoms since I was a child. Horrible "growing pains", joint pain. I grew up being told that I was a hypochondriac.
Now I can say "I told you I was sick!!"

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   Posted 3/6/2010 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had Fibro all my life, but I wasn't dx till a few yrs ago. When I started to investigate Fibro, I was astounded at the list of symptoms and realized how far back I had been suffering from this DD and no one every picked up on it. I was told by my mother, 'Everybody has those pains'. Now I realize why she said that, she has this, too!

I also went to Catholic school K-8, and on First Friday we had Mass first thing in our big hall. ( Now they would call it the all purpose room). They had beautiful hard wood floors, upon which we would kneel. ENDLESSLY! My knees, hips and especially my back would be burning. The same places that kill me today. I can not kneel, even w/ padding. I also have OA. I still go to Mass, but I stand or sit, no kneeling. I was a volunteer in my Church for many yrs, and once my pastor commented on my lack of kneeling. He said I was a fine, healthy woman, I should show my respect. We had a long talk, he never, ever made that comment again.

I didn't have gym in grade school, not provided. Had it in HS and college, did it, hated it, so much pain. I have always been a busy, active girl, woman, wife, mother, teacher. As the yrs have gone by, I have felt the full force of this miserable thing and I don't like the effects. I have to stop and plan, and then rearrange. You have to be aware at all times of your limits.

So many times parents and drs blow off what a child is feeling, how I wish I had some answers yrs ago. But I didn't, so I have to do things now to continue to live my life.

God bless. Alice.

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   Posted 3/6/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
It really is sad, especially for a child, when no one understands the pain.
What's also bad is when adults who should have a "clue" say things like, "yeah, I'm kinda sore today, too" but they don't have Fibro, and are generally as healthy as can be.  I know such people and they are as incredibly physically flexible, don't get sick often, can run marathons, etc.  They really are unintentionally very ignorant of what those with fibro endure.  Guess we'll just keep gently educating!
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