Posted 10/8/2013 10:51 AM (GMT -6)
As far as arthritis goes, there is a well-documented arthritis that occurs as an extra-intestinal manifestation of ulcerative colitis.
Two PT's and a knowledgable personal trainer have suggested I have fibro, but I don't believe it. I think I do have a lot of joint, muscle, tendon and ligament pain, probably as part of the inflammatory arthritis worsened by not being able to move around as easily as I used to.
As far as docs thinking fibro doesn't exist or is a psychological problem, I can remember when the same was said of ulcerative colitis. It was considered a "neurotic" disease. Ever noticed that if it affects women more than men (or is more reported by women) and they don't know what it is, they pat us on the head and tell us it's imaginary?