Fibromyalgia and UC

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Christine1946
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   Posted 1/24/2009 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
     Anyone out there know whether these too illnesses go hand in hand? A friend of mine has fibromyalgia and also suffers from COPD.  She takes steroids for the COPD and has been for years.  Not sure how long she has had the fibromyalgia.  I didn't even know she had it until I told her my symptoms of the past month....flu like feeling, muscle weakness, achy joints.  She said it sounded like fibromyalgia..geez, sure hope not.  I have my blood tested every month because I am on 6MP.  Low white count, but other than that everything checks out ok.

62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


Red_34
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   Posted 1/24/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
No, they normally don't go hand in hand. It is not clear yet what causes fibro and they have varying theories but one thing they do know is that it strikes women more so then men. I have had a couple docs say that I have fibro but I feel that I just don't fit into that category and that they are saying that I have fibro because they don't know WHAT is wrong with me. I am thinking, at least for me, that it's all nerve related. I have a friend that has fibro though and she does go thru hades when it flares. To me, it sounds like you may have some sort of arthritic problem going on rather then fibro. Fibro affects the muscles mainly and according to my friend, the muscles feel like they're on fire and she has sharp shooting pains but it's never in the same place - it sort of travels. If you look up arthritis and their varying forms, flu like feeling, muscle weakness and sore joints are all the typical symptoms of arthritis. However there are hundreds of different types and it's best to try to find the right one that you are inflicted with to be sure it doesn't cause any joint damage. In order to find out which one you have, you will need to be seen by a rheumatologist. They can check for different things in your blood but I have learned that you can still have arthritis and the blood work can actually show up as being normal. I am thinking, for me, that 6mp is slowing down whichever form of arthritis I have.
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Christine1946
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   Posted 1/24/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
     Thanks Sherry, that makes a lot of sense to me.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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