I've posted on these boards before, although not on the Fibro board. I am a 25 y.o. female, and have been having symptoms since I was 17. They have progressively gotten worse, to the point where I can't do anything anymore. I apologize for my inevitable long post, but know that my background can better give you all a greater idea of my problem. I was reading the sticky about Fibro info for newbies. The list was sooo long, and so similar to my problems that I am beginning to wonder. The info I have read from local doctors, and/or most medical sites list the symptoms for Fibro as limited. Much more limited than what I've read here.
So... Here's what's been going on.
At seventeen, I started getting HORRIBLE pain in the center of my ribcage that radiated to the center of my back. (Right beneath the bra line) It was so horrible, it literally took my breath away. It happened often. Went to chiropractor who treated me, but couldn't find a cause. The chiro was the first person to mention that I probably had Fibro, but I blew it off. Pain increased over the next year. At 18, it was determined my gallbladder was shot, and it was removed June of 2000, although I still occasionally get the rib/back pain attacks.
From 18 on, my symptoms increased. I would frequently tire, get dizzy spells so bad I have had to drop everything and sit. Heart palpitations then began, and have never let up. I was diagnosed with MVP last year. I went to a Neurologist last year as well. Never having had headaches in my life, for the past year they have been crippling. Very odd stabs of pain, and then pressure in my temples, and just below. The dizziness increased over the years to the point where sometimes, if I so much as shake my head, I get dizzy.
I am usually short of breath. Activity or none, I just feel very "weak." I frequently get bronchial/pneumonias and such. Diagnosed with asthma. Never having had sinus issues, this past year has been horrible. My nose is constantly clogged up. I can't breath through it, my nostrils are red everyday. My throat is always scratchy. My face flushes, and I am pale.
The exhaustion I have everyday is unbearable. Mind you, I am 25, and I see the people my age with so much energy. Sometimes I can't even move.
I catch infections easily. I had had a chronic UTI for the past 6 months. Between URI, UTI's, and sinuses, my Dr. has prescribed a WHOPPING total of 17 antibiotics over this past year alone. (More than one a month sometimes) Not to mention the antibiotics I've taken for dental work, of which I've had a ton of the past few months. There is no doubt that the meds have completely messed up my system.
My stomach- Is horrible. I know I have IBS, due to the colonoscopy that didn't find squat last September. For a 25 y.o. to have a colonoscopy, I am telling you it was bad.
I have microscopic hematuria off and on for the past year. Had abdominal CT scan, and kidney ultrasound. Can't find a thing wrong.
And now....The fevers...For a solid year, they've remained. Usually low grade, but definately above my normal. They range from 98.1 (which is fine of course) and by the end of the day, I am up at 99.5 to 99.9
I am generally ill feeling. Aches and pains everywhere. My back pain is horrible, and I have terrible neck and shoulder pain. Sometimes elbows and knees too. Most days, I have pain. Three doctors have diagnosed me with FMS, and I always blew it off. However, I tried medication. They had me on Tramadol, Flexiril, and Amitryptiline. Didn't really help, because it made me feel like a zombie, so I quit taking it. (Not a fan of medication) Thinking I am much sicker than a disease that was just "painful" not thinking that it produced all these physical symptoms until I read the sticky. My bad, of course.
I have been tested for everything from Diabetis to Lupus. Nothing. So I am wondering, for my own sanity (because the search for illness is getting old) could Fibro REALLY produce all these symptoms? Can it really be so severe to cause horrible chest pains, muscles, fevers, infections, unbelievable exhaustion, etc... Did any of you ever feel like you were so bad off that it couldn't be fibro only to learn that it really was? I am truly at my wits end. Sick and tired of being sick and tired. I hope you all can help.