Monalisa <3 said...
so today i went and saw my rheumy cuz i've been feeling really sick and in tons of pain. she said that i'm showing signs of fibromyalgia and reynauds so they want me to try some new meds. first off...OMGoodness??? what is fibromyalgia?? well i guess i know what it is but from my understanding it means that your brain thinks you're in pain when you're not. so does that mean that when i'm feeling pain in my joints its all in my head?? i totally dont get it. and aparently it can make me feel tired and weak and sick??? this is strange....if you feel sick, doesn't that mean you're sick?? and why would my brain trick me into feel dizzy and nauseated if i'm not??? i'm totally confused and it makes no sense...AT ALL. please give me some input......
Hi Monalisa < 3,
I'm so so sorry to hear that you may have fibro....I have fibro and it really sucks! Fibromyalgis is NOT all in your head. For some unknown reason, pain is amplified in fibro. Something that should hurt only a little suddenly hurts A LOT! The pressure of a blood pressure cuff can send me through the roof on a bad day!
From the Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibromyalgia/DS00079
):Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points — places on your body where slight pressure causes pain.
Fibromyalgia occurs in about 2 percent of the population in the United States. Women are much more likely to develop the disorder than are men, and the risk of fibromyalgia increases with age. Fibromyalgia symptoms often begin after a physical or emotional trauma, but in many cases there appears to be no triggering event.
I've always heard that it affects the soft tissues in your body, such as those listed above: muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It doesn't cause pain in your joints...the American College of Rheumatology classifies it as a type of Soft Tissue Rheumatism:www.health24.com/medical/Condition_centres/777-792-816-1785,15671.asp
But you say that your joints hurt? You may have something other than fibro, or you may have fibro plus another condition like rheumatoid arthritis. You probably want to discuss this further with your doctor.
Of course, there are lots of other fibro symptoms besides pain, such as brain fog, fatigue, vertigo, peripheral neuropathy, muscle spasms....well, it's a long list.
There is a fibro forum on this site....please go over there and read Fibro 101 (www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=24&m=1609914
); it's very helpful. And please feel free to post any questions at all on that forum; they're a great bunch of people!
(((very gentle hugs))))
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