I apologize for the length of this I tried to condense it as much as possible...I am in desperate need for answers...
My primary care doctor is referring me to be seen by a rheumatologist here in Nashville. I was wondering if you guys could let me know what you think. I’ve been reading through posts on this site and I feel like maybe you all could finally shed some light on whatever has been going on with me. So far the only thing that seems to make sense is fibro or that I’m just crazy… I truly am beginning to give up.
A short bit about me… my name is Brittany and I am 24 years old. Throughout my life I have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, costochronditis, tension headaches, migraines, depression, anxiety, heart palpitations, muscle spasms, and insomnia. I also have had 5 knee surgeries (yet the pain has not been relieved).
In elementary school I was very active and played many sports. By the time I reached high school, my knees and joints hurt so bad I had to cut back on the sports and only played golf (though it was very painful still, I was able to take pain killers regularly and did eventually win all-state).
Since highschool things have definitely gone downhill. During my 4 years of college I very rarely was able to sleep more than 3-4 hours and was always exhausted. During my 3rd year of college I was given the diagnosis of heart palpitations and I started a new medicine that did make a notable difference and I wasn’t AS fatigued.
Fast forward to 2009. I became a manager at a furniture store and this seems to be when my “symptoms” kicked into high gear. I stopped being social and would head home as soon as possible because I had no energy. When I opened the store I would just go and lie down on a couch for an hour because I didn’t have the energy to go to my desk. I stopped hanging out with friends, going to the store, and depression crept back in. My shoulders and neck would get so painful and I would have migraines that lasted for weeks. After going to the doctor I was told I either had depression or anxiety and was put on anxiety pills which I have seen little improvement from.
Last week, I had to go to the doctor because the pain in my back was so severe it hurt to breathe. I was given some pain killer and muscle relaxer but once again I find no relief. This past Sunday, I laid either on the bed or on the sofa for about 20 of the 24 hours being so incredibly exhausted I wouldn’t even get up to walk to the refrigerator to get a drink. I’m so fatigued that once I get home from work I can barely function. I have no energy anymore. I used to love working out and going for walks but now I feel like I have to prepare myself just to go buy groceries. The only way to explain how my body feels right now is that I feel like I just ran a marathon. Yet all I have done is sit at my desk or lie on my couch.
Cognitively I have noticed a big difference as well. I can look at the screen and almost space out and I totally forget what I just looked at. The other night my boyfriend got up from the couch beside me, took the dog out, came back in an sat down, and I had no recollection of him leaving.
There are many more things to say but I feel like I should wrap it up. In conclusion my pain literally goes from head to toe: headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, heart issues, hip pain, knee pain, leg cramps, all the way down to tingling in my feet. For those of you that do have a positive diagnosis of fibromyalgia, does this sound familiar? Am I crazy?
Thanks for taking the time to read this and for any advice you may have.