I found this Forum in my quest to find some answers...here is my story.
I am 40 years old, a Mum of 3 older children and married. I have 3 dogs...2 purebred Staffordshire Bull Terriers and 1 Staffy X.
As long as I can remember...I have been in pain...neck, head, back, jaw, shoulders etc. I remember have some sort of treatment on my back at the age of 12...some short-wave sorta treatment.
In 2004 I injured my back at work and ended up having spinal surgery in 2006. Pain increased and increased and I was diagnosed with Arachnoiditis (an incurable condition of the spinal nerves)
As it stands right now...my pain consists of:
Severe jaw and facial pain
Severe shoulder and arm pain
A "tennis elbow" that has been there for 3 years
Severe neck pain
Upper back pain - feels like muscle/tendon pain
Lower back pain
Severe hip and buttocks pain
Pain in my knees and feet
I am exhausted!!! I NEVER have a good night sleep...NEVER!
I have been constipated for over 4 years, but have developed diarrhoea in the last 4 weeks with severe bloating, cramps...pain...etc.
I am desparate for answers! I am worried about
going to my Doctor and him looking at me like I am a hypercondriac. He has been there through my spinal issues and I think whenever I complain about
something...he just put it down to my spinal issues :(
My arms and legs fall asleep at night and I sometimes wake up and I can't feel some of my fingers or one of my legs.
I suffer from terrible reflux/heartburn...sigh
I can't STAND loud sudden sounds. If I am lying down...trying to sleep and I hear a loud noise....I see a flash of light before my eyes and my body starts vibrating...like every nerve in my body is being stimulated and I can't make it stop.
In my heart...I know something is not right! Do I have Fibromyalgia....I don't know :( I have been searching all day to try and find a Doctor near me....in Newcastle Australia...who specialises in Fibromyalgia.
I would love to hear from people who might have the same issues as me, because I am hanging by a thread here...absolutely exhausted!
Post Edited (Cleasanta) : 6/6/2010 2:40:14 PM (GMT-6)