Re: another diagnosis
Low thyroid can be responsible for much of the pain that is experienced in fibro. It takes about 6 weeks for the meds to kick in fully; you have to be patient. Then do get your labs redone regularly. Often the initial dose prescribed is not the long-term dose.
There are a couple of us on this board who have hypoT with fibro. When my free hormone levels (free T3, free T4) are low, my pain is greatly increased. Finding a doc who will do the free hormone tests, rather than just relying on the standard TSH test is important for fibro sufferers. TSH is a messenger hormone from the pituitary, and it's not uncommon for people w/fibro to have glitched pituitaries. The free hormones are the ones that "do the business," so keeping them optimized is where it's at for pain relief. Thyroid hormone suppresses Substance P, a chemical in our bodies that amplifies pain signals.
I've found that exposure to chemicals that inhibit thyroid function, like fluoride & chlorine, brings on very painful flares for me within an hour. If you are able to observe & find triggers for your fibro (not everyone has triggers) it is a blessing, because it is something you can control.
I'm not saying you won't ever need a pain clinic, or narcotic meds, but I do hope you will give the thyroid meds a chance.
I'm sure your doc told you this, but iron supplements need to be taken 4 hrs. apart from your T meds.