Hi Carmel, welcome to the forum. Fibromyalgia is not always easy to diagnose. There are
many other conditions that have many of the same symptoms. Bloodwork is usually done to
eliminate the connective tissues diseases. You have seen a neurologist who has eliminated
the neurological disorders. A tenderpoint exam is usually given and 11 out of 18 tenderpoints
that are wide spread and bilateral help confirm fibro.
Checkout fibro 101 at the top of page one. There is a wealth of information for a fibromite.
Medication varies for all of us, what works for one doesn't always work for another. We all
seem to tolerate meds differantly. It is trial and error for sure. Many of us are on a SSRI or
SNRI. Fibromites tens to have low serotonin levels. I take Savella (SNRI) daily and a muscle
relaxer when I am flaring
The symptoms you have described are those that many fibromites have dealt with. One of
the most important things is to establish an exercise routine. Keeping your muscles moving
is very important. Learning to pace youself and taking time to relax is important also. Heat
is a fibromites friend and helps relax muscles.
Carmel I'm glad you have joined us . This forum is like family, lots of people who understand
and care. Come back often to comment, ask questions or to vent. We do care!
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,