Hi, Geigertwins, and welcome! I had all of those tests done. I had been diagnosed with Fibro for 26 years at the time and then I started to get progressively worse. I was at the point of not being able to walk without unbelievable pain. Fibro isn't considered a progressive illness so I headed to a rheumatologist.
He took many x-Rays, eight vials of blood work and sent me for two MRI's of my hips. My CRP and ESR tests were high and I also was positive for the genetic HLA-B27. With this combination I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and sacroiliitis along with Fibro. I was put on ibuprofen (again) and a muscle relaxer called Robaxin and I'm now doing great again! Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medication.
Your doctor sounds thorough. I do hope he checks you for Lyme disease, too. It also has many of the same symptoms as Fibro. But you will get to the bottom of this and start getting the help you need.
I would definitely ask about stopping prednisone though. I was on it, off and on, for Crohn's disease and auto-immune inner ear disease and ended up really sick. It also can cause osteoporosis...which I have also.i do have a lot of inflammation in my body but it is caused by other health issues I have. Fibro isn't an inflammatory illness according to the National Institutes of Health. We have people with Fibro that have no inflammation at all in their blood work but yet they still have Fibro.
I use ibuprofen with food, Tylenol, magnesium malate. Vitamin D3, and the Robaxin to help control my pain. I also walk daily as my form of gentle exercise and swim in the warmer weather. I pace myself when doing things and, above all, I keep a positive attitude. I think this helps me the most!
Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are links to good info about Fibro and you will learn a lot there. Good starting links for you would be Symptoms, What Else Could It Be, and A Thorough Explanation of Fibromyalgia. You just might see yourself there. There are links about magnesium malate and vitamin D and how these work in the body and also a great link about how to maintain a positive attitude when you have chronic pain. All of Fibro 101 is good so do read it.
I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Also, I will suggest that you stay away from Dr. Google. There is a lot of misinformation out there and it can be frightening and cause stress and anxiety which will cause more pain. Hope to hear more from you soon.
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7