May not be Fibro after all
To everyone on this board,
I was diagnosed, by 3 differant Docs, with severe Fibromyalgia and by 2 Docs with Myofacial Myalgia. Even my Chiropractor was beginning to agree with the diagnosis after treating me for over two years with no real results. Over this time period he sent me to several other Chiropractic specialists who were unable to achieve anything more than 1-2 day relief. Massage therapy helped but, again, was short lived between sessions.
I am thankfull that my Chiropractor was not completly convienced though, as he encouraged me to seek out other opinions, eliminate other possibilities with blood tests and MRI's and even do my own research on the internet. I stumbled upon a few websites that mentioned the kind of muscle pain I was having, but they were usualy full of vague symptom discriptions. Since most conditions effect everyone a bit differently, I found what I was looking for on this and other message boards. I found the cause of my problem.
After speaking to my current Doc, Chiro, Massage therapist and consulting an oral surgeon; they were also convienced. I have a severe TMJ problem - not Fibromyalgia. I couldn't believe it! Who would think that one little joint and the connecting muscles could cause so many problems in so many places, but it can and does. I would encourage anyone here to look at the TMJ posts and read some of the symptoms that TMJ sufferers are experiancing. A lot of the symptoms are the same, but treatment options can be very differant.
This may not help anyone, but it is worth mentioning if there is one more person out there like me. I have started getting more relief now that I'm using therapies for the right condition. Not much of the therapy I was using for Fibromyalgia was helping my TMJ at all. This can also be a chronic condition, but I'll be more comfortable now dealing with it. Please reply if you have any questions?