• 4 months ago

    Is this all fibromyalgia

    I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia maybe 8 yrs ago. The dr tested my tender points and dx came immediately. I was hurting but things were not that bad. I was still moving. I was nearing 60, am fat but still able to move. Was doing farm chores, lifting hay bales, 50# bags of feed and walking a mile 3x a week. Then things started going down hill. There was stiffness and bad muscle pain. My new doctor ( we had changed by then) gave me generic Cymbalta, which pretty much took care of the aching except on real bad days. Well the past 5 years have been crazy with a whole lot of other symptoms that I'mnot sure are associated with fibromyalgia and before I go too far with seeing a specialist I'd like to know if anyone else has these symptoms. I feel like a hypochondriac but my life has been reduced to pretty much staying at home unless its to go to a store with a scooter.
    I have muscle stiffness. If I stand or sit my muscles don't want to move. I have balance problems, I get dizzy, blurred and double vision, intolerance of heat, tingling and numbness in legs and arms, if I stand I get pain in legs and back so bad I want to pass out sometimes. My brain doesn't want to function sometimes and my memory stinks sometimes.
    Even I think all this sounds crazy. Does anyone else have multiple symptoms like this? By the way eyes were checked, they are fine. EMG test was fine.
    Would just appreciate feedback
    Thanks

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  • 3 months ago

    RE: Is this all fibromyalgia

    My experience with fibro is that it gets progressively worse and severity definitely accelerated when I hit 70. Much of what you describe are symptoms I know well. But there are also other conditions that might be more worrisome (and dangerous) that the fibro. Circulatory issues, diabetes, degenerative disc disease as well as tumors can all present some of the symptoms you describe, such as "I have balance problems, I get dizzy, blurred and double vision, intolerance of heat, tingling and numbness in legs and arms, if I stand I get pain in legs and back so bad I want to pass out sometimes..." Personally I would want to have a thorough medical evaluation to rule out any of the more dangerous conditions -
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Is this all fibromyalgia

    I can tell you that I am only 31 years old and experience many of these same symptoms. Talking about my issues with anyone besides my doctor, or an online forum(such as this..) has become my reality. I experience extreme pain throughout my entire body. Mostly my back, but I realized, that after being diagnosed with this over 3 years ago, this past year I wake up with tingling sensations in my finger tips and my toes. THAT was my scary point in the past year, realizing this was real and not something that goes away. I have been on a variety of medications, some worked and some not. The bad thing is that a lot of the medications are addictive, and sometimes your life becomes dependent on them. The best and only advice I can give to you is FIRST: understanding and receiving a proper diagnosis from your physician. These symptoms DO sound like fibromyalgia and all the research I've done throughout the past 3 years, eating well, moderate stretching and exercising, journaling symptoms, trying new medications, and a regular sleep schedule are the BEST thing to help manage this. Honestly, my heating pad &&&(although addictive)... Tramadol & Gabapentin, have been the main things that keeps me going everyday. I pray you find the help and proper diagnosing and keep your head up! Once you find out for sure, your doctor can help direct you where to go for some relief!