Fibro and unexplained weight loss

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donnambr
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   Posted 7/6/2017 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have unexplained weight loss with fibro? I've lost 30 lbs. unintentionally and unable to gain anything back. I've been scoped from both ends, and had a CT scan and nothing. I feel like this disease has ruined my once enjoyable life. So depressed from all these symptoms. I've had pain in my face, vaginal and genital pain, stabbing, burning pain all over, chronic fatigue, headaches, nausea that can come on suddenly, chronic constipation, you name it. I remember years ago with a flare, my legs felt like they were severely sunburned, weird and scary stuff that make me wish I could just go back to feeling normal like I used to. I remember once getting stabbing in my waist and was admitted to hospital for nausea so severe that nothing that they gave me helped, not even a drug they give chemotherapy patients. I'm on lyrica, elavil and propranolol. Had to buy new pants because all mine were like hanging on me. My arms are so bony looking. I saw a surgeon to get my thyroid out. He says it really should be removed as it's quite enlarged and also because my brother had thyroid cancer that that is another reason mine should come out. He wants to give me a PET test, radioactive test to see if there is cancer somewhere in my body. I believe this is a waste of time, it's fibro doing this to me. I can be suffering with all these strange symptoms and all my tests so far have come out negative. I feel like I'm tired of living with all this. Sorry for all this info, but I just need someone to talk to.

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/7/2017 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Donnambr, and welcome! Please listen to your doctor and get the PET scan. With your family history this is very important.

Fibro is not doing this to you. If anything, we gain weight because of lack of activity. I see you are taking Lyrica and many members have stopped taking Lyrica because of large weight gains...gains of around forty pounds! You might check the other medications you are taking to see if any of those can cause extreme weight loss. Check at drugs.com.

It's too easy to blame fibro for any symptom we have. We had one moderator who was getting mild pains in her chest and also migraines and she put it all to fibro. She ended up having a stroke and a heart attack because she assumed the symptoms were from fibro.

I was having extreme back pain where I was getting worse and worse and I thought it was fibro but got checked out. I discovered I have a back disease called ankylosing spondylitis along with fibro. I was put on correct medications and my back is so much better.

My daughter lost extreme weight years ago to the point her elbow bones were sticking out and it turned out to be endometriosis so that's another avenue to check out...especially if you are vomiting frequently

But, above all, listen to your doctor and do not diagnose yourself. That can lead to disaster. Please get the PET scan and also please let us know what you find out because we do care about you.

Sherrine

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Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Glaucoma, Scoliosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis
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Chale94
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   Posted 11/1/2017 3:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey donnambr. Did you go on that PET test? I'm curious because I have the same symptoms as you! I'm from Croatia and noone even mentioned PET test to me. I lost 25lbs in the last 6 weeks, I'm 23 yo and I did a gastroscopy and colonoscopy and everything seems to be fine...

donnambr
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   Posted 11/1/2017 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I did go for my PET test at the Cross Cancer. It only showed a 30 - 50% chance of cancer in thyroid. Mine has been enlarged for many years and I guess it finally has to come out. I'm waiting for surgery. It didn't show anything else wrong in any other areas of my body. I stopped taking Lyrica and slowly my weight has climbed a little. Instead of 102-104 lbs, I'm back up to 115, but can't seem to gain anymore than that. I'm just taking propranolol and elavil and sometimes gabapentin. I don't know if weight loss in me is from fibromyalgia or the Lyrica or something else. The doctors don't know either.

Chale94
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   Posted 11/1/2017 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad that your weight stabilized. I'm still waiting for some blood tests. But I already did the most important tests so I doubt they will find anything wrong with the new ones. It's just mind-blowing to me that something that does not couse any real physical damage (like fibromyalgia) can cause such extreme fatigue and pain.
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