Carol, it sounds like you are having a really bad flare. We get these and they can last a short time or even months. Usually it's about a week. I would get flares in the summer that lasted the whole summer but so far so good. It's warm here now and I'm still doing alright but I did start taking more vitamin D3 and that might be helping. Time will tell.
My fibro came on quickly. I went from feeling fine to being in extreme pain in a 45 minute period while watching television. I didn't have a clue what was happening except I was suspecting rheumatoid arthritis. The pain was on both sides of my body and started in my toes. It worked up my body until it hit my elbows. You know how painful it is to hit the nerve (funny bone) in your elbow? Well, both elbows did that, with the intense shooting pain (like electrical shocks) and they didn't stop for over two weeks! I couldn't do a thing, couldn't eat, sleep, cried constantly, pictured myself with prosthetic arms, and I couldn't think straight. It is really frightening when stuff like that happens and you don't have a clue what is going on. You can conger up sooo many horrific things, can't you!
It seems like many of the fibromites have autoimmune problems. Just about everything I have is autoimmune-related except fibro. They say it isn't inflammatory but I wouldn't stake my life on that. This is just my opinion. I do hope they get to the bottom of this soon.
I rarely get the burning pain but my skin is very sensitive. I got a new nightgown last week and had to return it. It had a very fine mesh behind the bodice and it felt like sandpaper on my skin. I'll sometimes feel like there is a bug crawling on me but there is nothing. I'll also get the feeling that a drop of water is running down my leg and there is none. Fibro definitely is a weird illness!
I can't help you about the blood work. I don't take any of that. I'm trying to stay as "natural" as possible but I do pop ibuprofen and Tylenol like M&M's! But that's better than some of the other things. I do have Vicodin in the medicine cabinet. It's my safety blanket. I've never taken one yet because I know that fibro pain waxes and wanes and that the pain will settle down in a while. But, the Vicodin there for an emergency and it gives me peace of mind.
Just stick with us and don't hesitate to keep the questions coming. We can help give you a handle on this illness. I have lived a very full and enjoyable life in spite of fibro and you can too. You will find what helps you control the pain and you will learn to pace yourself. Meantime, try to relax. Stressing over this will make the pain worse! Keep your great attitude and look forward to each new day because it could be a great one! If it isn't, you know you can make it through one day. That's how you face fibro successfully...one day at a time.
Hope you are having a better day today!
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 5/2/2010 10:33:58 AM (GMT-6)