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Old 07-16-2012, 06:40 AM   #1
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I think I have Fibromyalgia

Hello, Just introducing myself.

I have not been diagnosed (in fact has not even been brought up by a doc) but wanted to tell you all a little about myself to see if you think I may have Fibro.

I am 32 years old and I started having problems after my third pregnancy in three years. I have all over pain and stiffness and then more localized joint pain in my hips, hands and a new area, my shoulder. Sometimes this pain becomes so severe I am unable to use the joint. When it happens to my hip, I am unable to walk, no matter how hard I try. My leg just wont cooperate with me.

I have crushing fatigue and weakness. I have a hard time opening our sliding glass doors and pouring from a full gallon jug. I have a hard time standing up from sitting. I am extremely stiff in the mornings.

I have quit driving d/t my eyes will roll and not focus when I am driving. I have a hard time focusing at all really and lose track of what I am saying as I say it. A lot. Some times it is worse than others and it makes me feel as if people are going to think I am on drugs!

The only thing wrong with me is I am hypothyroid but under treatment. I have had a brain MRI with contrast with no remarkable results to test for MS. I have had labs drawn for autoimmune disorders and arthritis but nothing was amiss there. I have referrals to a rheumatologist and a neurologist but no appt until the end of the summer.

So does any of this sound familiar?

 
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Re: I think I have Fibromyalgia

It could be fibro, but it could also be a lot of other things. With several pregnancies in a short time, have you been tested for nutritional deficiencies? Iron, vitamin D, etc?

 
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Re: I think I have Fibromyalgia

I have been checked for Iron. I was anemic during my pregnancy and for a bit after but I am fine now. My nurse kind of refused to check me for Vit D and I think I am going to demand that. What she said was usually people didn't report much improvement with Vit D therapy. I have my own opinions on that and feel I should at least be tested! As far as other testing I know my doc did quite a bit of blood work but I don't really know for what.

My title is a little misleading in that I don't really "think" I have Fibro. It's just that my doc is leaning toward MS and I don't think I have that either. I have never had anything serious wrong with me. I have always been healthy and active. Never depressed or down. I'm not usually one to complain about aches and pains and I've become that person so the last nine months have driven me CRAZY!

The very kind people at the MS board tend to agree with me that my symptoms wouldn't be very typical and have led me here. Just to gather info. I'm not trying to diagnose myself or anything.

 
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Re: I think I have Fibromyalgia

Just a thought. . .Have your b12 checked as well. Low b12 can cause many of your symptoms as it interferes with nerve function.
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Re: I think I have Fibromyalgia

I wonder why my doctor is sending me to specialists over an hour away and running all of these expensive MRI/US tests and hasn't run some of the more basic blood tests?

I mean B12 can interfere with nerve function? Never knew that. I did just come through 3 preg. That makes sense to me. I will be making a trip to the lab tomorrow.

I so appreciate all of your help and advice. Hopefully I'll find an easy answer.

 
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Re: I think I have Fibromyalgia

For the most part, nutritional deficiencies aren't common among Americans, we're too well-fed. Iron (among women) and Vitamin D are the only ones that are at all prevalent, so it's not something a doctor thinks of normally. But pregnancy drains nutrients intensely, so in your case it seems more possible.

 
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