I totally understand your situation. I can't afford private health care either.. I was diagnosed with FM a while back, but that was after doing a lot of tests I couldn't afford to rule out everything else. It's hard to tell exactly though because the symptoms vary so much between people, as they do with lupus. I didn't even know about the static thing though. That would make sense as to why I'm constantly getting shocked or shock other people.. I just figured I walked across a lot of carpet.. haha. What kind of pain do you have? It's hard for me to really tell what the FM is sometimes and what the lupus is, they overlap.. but I can say that with the FM I get not only burning pain.. but also a feeling as if my skin and muscles are bruised. I can't be touched often without wincing. Also from what I've noticed and heard sometimes doctors will put you on certain meds for FM to see if it works, I take lyrica and in no way does it take the pain away.. but it does help some.. or it does for me. Another question, do you have painful periods? I know that's not a symptom in all women that have FM, but it is one of them.. I had really painful periods even before I developed a tumor on my ovary.. I hope you get it all worked out.
Diagnosis - SLE, FM, high blood pressure, A-fib, tachy cardia, renal stenosis.. Biliary C, seizures, hypoklemia, anemia, ovarian tumor, arthritis.
Medications - Depakote, ativan, lyrica, metrapolol, zantac.