I'm not sure if I should be posting in an introduction section or something, so moderators, please feel free to move this post if I'm not in the correct spot.
Anyway, I'm 58 years old and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2000 but suffered for many years before my diagnosis.
My main complaints are pain, fatigue, headaches, knotted muscles, stiffness everywhere, but especially pain in my neck and shoulders. I did massage therapy for years and chiropractic treatments, until I realized I was just throwing money away. Nothing has ever helped me.
I've been to pain clinics, tried different medications and injections in the base of my neck and shoulders and never found relief.
I basically just get by now on over the counter pain medications and occasional xanax to help me sleep at night, as well as extra-strength tylenol PM.
I finally had to quit work because I just couldn't stand the pain I was living in any more. I'm fortunate because my DH is able to support us. I realize a lot of people are still working in daily pain, and it's terrible to have to live that way. I was turned down for SS Disability, unfortunately. I thought that since I am so close to taking an early retirement I maybe could have gotten the disability, but no such luck.
Anyway, with the stress of the holidays approaching, I've been very busy and in a horrible fibro-flare since the weekend. I feel I'm lucky to have found this site and this forum.
It's sad that we have to deal with daily chronic pain but it's easy to find knowledge here, I've been lurking for a while. I'm also hoping to find a bit of emotional support as well.
Thank you to anyone taking the time to read this.