Wanted to share my info and then at the end I do have ?'s.
I thoguht I was going crazy---it feels like my life is being taken from me....as so much has changed in what seems like such a short time. I recently found out I may have FM.
For the past 6-8 mo.'s I have struggled with on and off pain (although it seemed never to be GONE totally), major prob's sleeping, fatigue, headaches, chest pain, etc etc. For a long time I was embarrassed because also during that time I have gained a fair amt of weight--so I thought it was related to that or that I was getting the flu, etc.
This last week has been awful--I have been getting about 2 hrs sleep a night and then cannot function--I am in a fog all day...on top of that the pain is debilitating. Missed most of the week at work. The nurse at work brought up FM. Researched it and was AMAZED (and relieved I wasn't 'crazy'). Went to my Dr. (I am a new patient of his and it was only my 2nd visit in a year because I have only lived here a year). He seemed to know about FM..did the touch-test and questioned me. Ordered blood work because he wanted to make sure it wasn;t something else.
Prescribed Ultram (pain) and Cyclobezaprine (muscle)---they do not seem to be doing too much for me, I guess they help a little.
On Monday I am applying for Short-Term Disability with my company, as I will have been off for 4 days (in a row) at that time. I can only get 6 weeks total. The Dr. hasn't "officially" diagnosed me--so now I am afraid I will be denied. Can the pain go away totally for an extended period of time? Or is it always there, if even just a little? It seems like mine has gotten worse over the last 6 mo's. Any advice, info, would be great thanks!!!