Hi, FMRookie, and welcome! I'm so glad you found us and joined in. The members that have responded are right on the money. Yes, your symptoms do sound like fibro BUT fibro shares many of the same symptoms as other illnesses. You really do need to be checked out and have these other illnesses ruled out first. Self diagnosis isn't a good idea with these symptoms.
Be sure to check out Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about fibromyalgia and you will learn a lot there. There is a link called What Else Could It Be. Please read that one. This is exactly why you need to be checked out by your doctor. Make sure they do treat fibromyalgia patients, though. There are some doctors that still don't really believe this illness!
If it turns out that you do have fibro, there are things in Fibro 101 that can help your hubby understand a little. No one totally understands this illness unless they suffer from it too. But, these will shed a little light on the illness for him.
Something that helped me with my husband was something that was important to him....books! He taught our children never to bend the corner of a page to mark where you left off AND he taught them to turn pages carefully...."like wings of a butterfly"! Now, I used that terminology with him when it came to hugging. I wanted him to hug me like I were the wings of a butterfly. It worked!
I'm happy you are here. Don't hesitate to ask questions but please do get checked out. I hope to hear more from you soon.
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