Before thinking about
Fibromyalgia, you need to go get some blood work done. You're young and aches and pains can happen as your body is growing until your 25 and needs high nutrient levels. Some of these symptoms can simply happen because of vitamin deficiencies, which I'm hoping is the case as fibro is not an easy road.
I would recommend getting your doc to check your Vitamin D levels, especially if you live in the Northern US or Canada. Over 50 percent of the population in Canada is deficient in D, doctors are now recommending 1000 IU a day. I personally take 3000 IUs. A lack of D can cause aches and pains, lack of energy. The other thing to try is a good multi-vitamin. The ones off the shelf are usually low quality; the top 3 according to scientific study are Source Naturals, USANA, and Life Extension. I get mine delivered from iherb, best prices online. The other thing to try is magnesium. Magnesium glycinate is the best absorbed without having symptoms of diarrhea. Magnesium works on the muscles. If any of your muscles twitch involuntary, or your eyelid twitches, you're low in magnesium. Magnesium will help you sleep, too.The other test to get is B12, especially if you do not eat much meat; and to test your iron levels. If you have dark circles under your eyes, it's possible you low in iron. If all those are ok (D, B12, iron), and you've tried vitamins supplements for two months, then I would recommend getting your T3 and T4 thyroid levels checked. It's also important to look at your diet. You may not be getting enough energy for your muscles to recover and function. This can happen days after you exercise, too.
Well, I'm giving all this advice not to discount fellow fibromyalgia sufferers, but it's really really important, especially given your young age, to make sure you're the healthiest possible with blood work, food and vitamins intake before jumping to a diagnosis and treatment. When I was diagnosed at 40, I spent two years trying everything possible supplement wise and healthy eating before realizing that I need some medication to help the pain to have a quality life. To start medication at 20 would be detrimental in the long run as all medication has an impact on your body. If your doc pushes meds before exhausting blood work, MRI tests, please find another doc. It's also good to get a Lyme's Elisa and Western blot blood test. I believe Fibro is caused by a microorganism invading a lowered immune state similar to Lyme's, it is real; so the sooner you boost your immune state, the better. Hopefully your symptoms are caused by deficiencies and you will get better. You can contact me directly for supplement advice.
The other thing that's worth trying is sleeping on 100% cotton sheets washed in a natural detergent. Tide has changed their formula recently causing allergic reactions ranging from hives to itchiness, restless legs.
Best of luck with your health! You're smart to be this body-conscious as a young adult and the decisions you make today will have a positive impact on the rest of your life.
Fibro since 2000, Migraines since 1986, Born 1960, Female;
Fentanyl patch 50mcg, Oxycontin 20-40mg, Oxycocet 1 to 2 times a month
Minami Omega Fish Oil, 3g; Source Naturals DLPA 1500mg; Source Naturals N-Acetyl Tyrosine 300mg; Metagenics, Magnesium Glycinate, 400mg; Vitamin D, (D-Drops), 2000 I.U.; Source Naturals Megaforce Multivitamin; Source Naturals Megafolinic, Source Naturals B12 lozenge; Healthy Origins Co-Enzyme Q10;
In the past tried many meds and after 8 years, hated what they were doing to my health and mind; used theroadback.org to help taper off Clonazepam, Seroquel, Lyrica, Pristiq, Ativan, Flexiral, and Cesamet; no impact on pain levels after stopping; tried Cymbalta, Wellbutrin, Celexa as well during those years
Post Edited (Sue123) : 1/13/2012 4:02:25 PM (GMT-7)