Denita, It isnt uncommon at all for people to have fibro along with autoimmune diseases. The connective tissue diseases, RA, lupus, sleroderma, MCTD and others have so many common symptoms...
that's where the trouble of sorting things out begins.
Many of these illnesses start out so gradually, only showing a small handful of symptoms. The docs look at the clinical symptoms and run loads of bloodwork. It isn't uncommon for ANA to keep changing or not even show up in the blood. Some docs stop the search if no ANA is present at all and it might not be checked again.
Years go by, other symptoms can pop up...new bloodwork done, and the assessment starts allover again.
I know my fibro pain from my other junk...the fibro was diagnosed after the autoimmune puzzle came together.
Bloodwork, x-rays and biopsies helped sort through things. I believe my fibro has a distinct pain of it's own...sometimes I describe it as bone-crushing pain. I can tell my flares apart, and sometimes will be flaring from everything at the same time, but that fibro pain is distinctive to me.
I definately agree with you Denita about
getting new symptoms checked out. We know our bodies better than anyone and we shouldn't ignore what there telling us.
Frankey and Denita...hoping your mysteries are solved!
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA)
Raynaud's, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis,
Osteoporosis, Hypertension and Migraines
A new day, a new beginning :)