And welcome to the Fibro Family! My fibro didn't start with foot pain but your story does fit in with how fibro seems to start. There hasn't been definitive studies about
how and where our pain comes from but most of the current research feels it from the central nervous system. Also, there is some pr
opensity for fibro to run in families. That said, most people can remember some 'episode' or insult to their body or system and soon after the fibro pain started. It's also very common for a diagnosis to take several years. Since there is no test FOR fibro, the doctor has to rule out as many other things as possible.
In my opinion, if your doctor has run the regular tests to eliminate other diseases/disorders then you can be pretty sure he's got it figured out. It's a tough diagnosis to make since the doctor doesn't want to take a chance on missing something else that might be going on. Most of us also have some other disorder to deal with like IBS, chronic fatigue, vision problems, along with a host of other miseries.
I would highly doubt it's gout. My husband has had that for several years and so did my father. Gout is in the arthritis family. Here's a descript
ion from the NIH...Gout is caused by having higher-than-normal levels of uric acid in your body. Your body may make too much uric acid, or have a hard time getting rid of uric acid. If too much uric acid builds up in the fluid around the joints (synovial fluid), uric acid crystals form. These crystals cause the joint to swell up and become inflamed.
Fibro isn't known for swelling, red tender joints or only relegated to the foot, ankle or knee.
I hope you find some answers that make your life a bit better. We're in this together so let's do the best we can to hold each other UP!
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