Posted 1/2/2013 8:53 AM (GMT -7)
Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum, 20 year old female, and I believe I have been experiencing fibromyalgia my entire life, but it has just gotten unbearable in the last 4 months.
Here's my laundry list of symptoms, lifelong and recent:
Intense, sharp pains all over my body- my parents used to call these "growing pains" when I was a kid, but they would keep me up for hours in the night crying and screaming because they were so bad. In the last 4 months, they have become almost non-stop
Stiffness in my joints
RLS- diagnosed at age 11
Hypersensitivity to heat and cold
Difficulty concentrating and short-term memory loss
Depression and Anxiety
Extreme chest pains
Urinary issue- it only happened once, very recently, and I am extremely embarassed to say it, even in an anonymous forum, but I urinated on myself. I had no idea it was happening, I didn't feel it coming on, and I didn't feel the urge to go at all. It just happened.
And my worst and most concerning issue is that for days at a time, I either can't feel body parts or they are all tingly, like pins and needles. It's mostly in my hands and legs, but it goes everywhere, and it scares the hell out of me every time. I can't help but cry when I go to hug my father (he has been on his death bed for a year or so now) and can't feel his touch. I also can't tell when my hands are wet, so I make a mess of everything, and I can't tell when things are slipping out of my hands.
I have always been kind of a medical oddball. My parents always thought I was faking it, and many of my doctors wrote it off as a cold or an internal bruise or something psychological. Now that I have researched fibro and it fits everything that has been an ongoing problem my whole life, I am trying to get an answer as soon as I can.
Also, I researched the trigger points and have sensitivity in 12 of the 18 points, however I am not sure how hard I was supposed to be pressing. I was just pressing very lightly.
I just guess my question is, should I go to a rheumatologist? I have poor insurance and don't want to make the wrong choice with doctors visits. I'm willing to pay whatever I need to pay to get this taken care of, but I don't want to pay something unnecessary.
I would go see my primary care physician, except he no longer accepts my insurance and it would be very costly to me. I want to go straight to the best person to treat me.
Any advice, help, tips, anything? Please let me know if there is anything else I can tell you that will help you in helping me! I REALLY appreciate it. This seems to be such a great forum.