A little about
myself. My name is Misty. I'm 41, married for 22 years, 4 children (23,20,15 and 11). I work full time and travel 4 hours (2 each way) a day for work. I was diagnosed with FM last year. I also have hypothyroid, IBS and diverticulitis.
My issues started about
5 years ago. I started having this feeling in my chest (bottom right) that felt like someone was blowing up a balloon under my ribs. It now is in both sides and comes and goes. It was very uncomfortable! I went to the Dr who did blood work and everything came back normal except unexplained inflammation. They said this could be caused by lots of things and it was nothing to be concerned about
. The Dr said I was just having anxiety and thought I should be on Anxiety medication. Although I was anxious, the medication only made me feel worse! I was losing weight and couldn't get out of bed didn't want to eat, because it made the discomfort worse.
My husband decided to take me to a different hospital. They admitted me and ran every test you can imagine. They finally said they thought it was my gall bladder and I should have it removed. I did. I don't think I should have, but at that point I think I would have agreed to anything if it made me feel better! Needless to say this didn't help and the pressure/pain was still there.
I continued to go to my Dr and the gastro Dr for the next 4 or so years lots of tests and no answers. There were many times I felt like I was losing my mind! Every time some new symptom would pop up I would head back. Chest pain, tingling and numbness in my hands and feet, a feeling of warm water running down my legs, the all over pain and stiffness, my toe feeling like a string was tied around it too tight, insomnia...just to name a few. My Dr. finally referred me to a rheumatoid Dr. I walked in he pressed on my shoulder (so hard I almost fell to the floor!) and said you have Fibromyalgia!
I have not taken anything aside from advil for the pain. I may take it twice a month at most. I am pretty sensitive to medication and did not what to take any of the FM medications because I felt like the side effects would be more than I wanted to deal with. I feel like I have been having a pretty bad flare up that has lasted for a little over a month and its starting to get to me pretty bad. I have an appointment with my family Dr on Tuesday. My questions are...
I have to have blood work for my thyroid, is there anything else I should ask him to check?
Is there any medication that has worked for anyone that uses it only on occasion and not everyday?
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