Posted 4/10/2021 11:50 AM (GMT -6)
Hi, Oceanfisher and welcome! I’m sorry that you are going through these problems and I also see you have not been diagnosed with fibro and it’s never a good idea to self-diagnose yourself. We are not doctors here. If you are thinking you possibly could have fibro, I suggest you see a good board certified doctor. Many of us use a rheumatologist. They deal with muscles, tendons and ligaments which do affect fibromyalgia. But make sure your doctor rules out other illnesses that have many of the same symptoms as fibro...illnesses like lupus and Lyme disease. They have tests that can rule these illnesses out but they have no test for fibro. But if all illnesses are ruled out, you usually are given the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
I have fibro, Crohn’s disease, an ostomy, auto-immune inner ear disease, diabetes, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoporosis, sacroilitis, scoliosis, glaucoma, and a partridge in a pear tree. 😂. I’ve also had four outpatient surgeries for skin cancer in the past 18 months. We all have things causing pain and other issues.
Nine years ago I was in excruciating pain and almost couldn’t walk. The pain was in my back, hips, and ran down my legs to the middle of my calves. I needed two canes to walk and I was at the point where I wasn’t eating or drinking much because I didn’t want to walk to the bathroom because the pain was enormous. I thought I might have to sell my house and move to assisted living. My board certified Internist tried everything he knew to try...including Tramadol and Vicodin. It didn’t touch the pain. So he referred me to my board certified rheumatologist and they took about 25 x-rays and 8 vials of bloodwork. My inflammatory markers were off the charts and fibro isn’t considered an inflammatory illness! I had been blaming all my back pain on fibro for years!. Anyway, he discovered I had ankylosing spondylitis along with fibro. Now I knew what was causing my pain for decades!
Now my pain has diminished a lot. I take ibuprofen with food, Tylenol when necessary, magnesium malate, vitamin D3, and a muscle relaxer called Robaxin (methocarbamol) that has made a significant difference in my pain. If you are low on vitamin D3, calcium, and coq10, you can have more pain. If you take a statin medication, they can deplete the coq10 in your body and that can cause pain. That happened to me but now I take that twice a day. I even use vitamins and nutrients for my osteoporosis.
As I said before, we all have pain and other illnesses to deal with but how we handle these problems is the key. I personally try to use a more natural approach and it has worked great for me. I use mainly over the counter pain relievers and vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for our bodies to run correctly. I also am a believer in having a positive attitude. If you read through Fibro 101 then you saw the link about how to have a positive outlook when you have chronic pain. This really works. You can always find positive things no matter what you are going through. Positive thinking also helps a lot with stress and we all know stress is terrible for our bodies! So do read that link if you haven’t already and start enjoying your life. It can be done. I find ways of working around my problems so I can do the things I want to do. I bet you can too!
I hope I have given you some ideas as to how to improve your pain as well as your health. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better too! Have a good day!