Posted 9/5/2016 7:28 AM (GMT -7)
Voice, here is a list of symptoms that people generally have if they have fibro. This list is from the Mayo Clinic.
Also called: fibrositis
Requires a medical diagnosis
Widespread muscle pain and tenderness are the most common symptoms.
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the muscles, abdomen, back, or neck
Pain types: can be chronic, diffuse, sharp, or severe
Pain circumstances: can occur at night
Gastrointestinal: constipation, nausea, or passing excessive amounts of gas
Whole body: fatigue, feeling tired, or malaise
Muscular: muscle tenderness, delayed onset muscle soreness, or muscle spasms
Sensory: pins and needles, sensitivity to cold, or sensitivity to pain
Mood: anxiety, mood swings, or nervousness
Cognitive: forgetfulness or lack of concentration
Hand: sensation of coldness or tingling
Also common: acute episodes, depression, difficulty falling asleep, headache, irritability, joint stiffness, painful menstruation, or tingling feet
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
There is no mention of swelling as a regular symptom. Swelling is generally caused by inflammation and fibro isn't an inflammatory illness. Another cause is eating too much sodium. If I do that, I get noticeable puffiness in my hands, feet, and ankles. It's gone the next day. I have had swelling in one wrist and the joint was red, tender to the touch and warm to the touch. I couldn't move my thumb to hold a pen, etc. That was Arthritis caused from my Crohn's disease.
The thread Rockon pulled up is five years old. I forgot about it. I've been moderating this forum for eleven years and don't hear complaints about swelling...at least not often. It's so easy to blame fibro for anything you don't understand that you have.
In your case, if I am recalling correctly, you have not been diagnosed with fibro and are frightened that you might have arthritis. I have some arthritis from Crohn's disease and have it totally under control. You should see a board certified rheumatologist and be thoroughly checked out so you know exactly what is going on with you and get help if needed. Fear is disabling and causes anxiety. That's a horrible mess. I went through that and was able to kick anxiety to the curb...mainly after reading the scripture I have in my signature. Your anxiety levels will go down once you get thoroughly checked out and know what you are dealing with. You shouldn't turn to Dr. Google with undiagnosed problems. There is much more inaccurate information than accurate on the Internet.
If you have a symptom and you think it might be caused by something, sure as shooting you can find a site on the Internet that claims it. That's not good enough. You NEED to see a good doctor to know for sure. If inflammation comes up in the blood work, this could be arthritis but only your doctor can tell you that. And a good doctor will know exactly what to do to help relieve your symptoms. We do have good arthritis forums on HealingWell too, if it turns out you do have arthritis.
Let us know what you find out because we do care about you.
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