Hi, Cleasanta, and welcome! I'm so glad you found us and joined in. Yes, you could possibly have fibro from what you are describing. I'm not a doctor but I know what pain is. Also, with the back problems you have, some of these things could easily be caused by your back. I've had back problems for years, too, but not nearly as bad as what you have said. I'm so sorry you are having all of this pain but we are here to try to help.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread. There is a list of symptoms on there and you can check that and see what you think. This would be a good tool to take to the doctor and have circled all the things that you have on the list. Also, keep a log. There is a link in Fibro 101 that has a log that you can print out and then there are other links that show you how to describe your pain. One of those pain links has pictures of faces to help describe the intensity of the pain you feel. Anyway, keep the log, write down what you do and then describe the pain you feel. This will help your doctor understand better what you are going through.
We do have the pain, especially shoulder and neck pain. We have the sensitivity to sound and light. Yes, some have described that their nerves feel like they are vibrating. That doesn't happen to everyone. Actually, we all don't have the exact same symptome! Each one of us is different.
Doctors don't know what causes this illness. Also, what works for one patient might not work for another. That makes it hard on the doctor AND the patient. Most of us try things and see if they help at all.
Now, what to do. Here's what I have done. I take ibuprofen with food, extra strength Tylenol, malic acid/magnesium supplements, and vitamin D3 supplements for my pain and fatigue. You will find info on the supplements and how they work in your body on the Fibro 101 thread. These have worked for me and they have helped other people on this forum, too. I'm not pain-free but I am in control of the pain. Actually, I don't think you can be pain-free with this illness. But, you do become accustomed to it and learn how to ignore some of it and work around it.
Hot showers and baths really feel wonderful. Many have a Bed Buddy. We find these mainly in drug stores here in the States. You can make your own by taking a tube sock, filling it 2/3's full of raw long grain rice, and tying a knot at the end. Then pop it in the microwave and it gives off moist heat due to the moisture in the rice! Oooohhhh, it feels sooo good!
Exercise is very important with fibro but it has to be gentle exercise. There are some gentle stretching exercises on Fibro 101. My regular gentle exercise that I do daily is walk. I also swim. Both of these are easy on the muscles, help keep you more limber, and also help with the pain. Water exercise would be wonderful for you if you have access to a pool. You said your hips, knees, and feet hurt but in the water you are pretty much weightless. Anyway, it is important to keep moving with fibro. If you sit or lay too much, you will be stiff as a board.
It's also important to pace yourself. You can do most of what you did before fibro but not in the same time frame. I will work a little, rest a few minutes, and work a little more. If you get extremely tired then stop. The work will be there when you are ready again.
I hope I've answered some of your questions. Be sure to let us know what your doctor says next time you go. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.
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