Re: is it always this hard?!!
Hey LauraKate and a huge welcome to you. I am so sorry you are going through all of this. It is not always hard. FM can hit and wreak havoc while it flares, but there are times when you won't be flaring up. It is not a degenerative disease. When you are flaring it can feel like many things... it can hurt so bad in one area that you feel as though you have cancer in that area and it just hits out of no where--you can start exercising and dieting and all of sudden your hip can be in so much pain and the doc will diagnose you with bursitis even; other times the pain can be everywhere -- it can feel like someone has poured cement inside you and the pain just sets up everywhere and you're hardly able to walk, hold a brush, and the accompanying fatigue is relentless--that usually happens when you have overdone it. What's amazing is that a pain specialist or a rhuemy doc can touch "trigger points" and most of them on you will hurt if you have FM. Their is also something in spinal fluid that is elevated. There are sure ways to find out if you have it, in other words. Before you seek the validation of an FM diagnosis, think about insurance issues later down the road. If you think you have them symptoms, try trigger point massage therapy if the pain is in one area. If it is everywhere and has set in like cement, honey, you are going to have to rest your way through it. Supplements, like water soluble magnesium, can help more than a lot of meds. Best of all to you! Feel better!