Could it be Fibromyalgia?
Hi I'm new here and was wondering about some symptoms i've been having.
I have a lot of aches and pains - usually not excruciating, unless I exercise. A few years ago, I started having foot and leg pain in addition to the usual aches and pains. I thought it was just because I was out of shape and a bit overweight, but i'm not so sure now.
First let me tell you that I have bipolar disorder (characterized by depressive episodes and very stressed out/anxious/paranoid manic episodes) - I might have a seperate anxiety disorder too, but not sure. I've also had sleep problems for about 8-10 years now. I may have multiple sleep disorders including sleep apnea, Restless leg syndrome, Narcolepsy, and insomnia (i have symptoms of all of them, and i'm having a sleep study done later this month).
I don't know if my chronic fatigue and aches are caused by a sleep disorder or something else. I've read some of the symptoms of fibro, and it sounds like that could be a possibility. I also have chronic stomach pain and digestive probs (one day i'll be constipated and the next i'll have diarrhea)...I've also thought that I might have irritable bowel syndrome. I also have very painful stomach cramps during menstration...so bad that i've stayed home from class because i had cramps!
Like I mentioned before, my general aches are not usually severe unless i move around a lot. Usually I am too tired to move around though, so i ended up gaining a lot of weight (with the help of bipolar meds). Recently I've been exercising and trying to lose weight, but when I go out for a walk, about 20 minutes into the workout, one of my legs starts to throb with pain. It's so excruciating i have to stop. It doesn't go away right away either. It takes time.
My doc seems to think i'm just out of shape...but i dunno. Some of my other symptoms are questionable. Maybe i'm just a hypochondriac?
***should maybe note that i just laid down on my back, and the pain in my middle upper back /neck got really bad...ow. kinda feels like an aching burning sensation - like my leg pain. It also hurts to get a massage in this area on my back. Pressure feels good in some places but not others.
Last edited by cloudydaze22; 08-07-2006 at 10:19 PM.