Hi all. I was so happy to find this board today. I am wondering if I have fibro. A bit about my history: 63 years old; about 30 lbs overweight; have taken meds for hypothyroidism for about 20 years; dr. put me on lovastatin for high cholesterol which I took for a year but stopped taking it about 2 months ago due to muscle aches and pains (my idea to quit and I'm trying to improve my diet); had been taking prozac for 20 years for depression and anxiety but weaned myself off it about 1 month ago in order to hopefully lose weight. About 9 months ago I noticed I had lots of pain in my left shoulder (I am right-handed) but attributed it to knitting several hours per day making Christmas gifts; seemed to improve after resting it for several weeks. Also had a deep, aching pain in both hips at night...I got a new mattress and the pain did not abate. Not uncommon to be awakened at night by the pain. Thought I had muscle damage from the lovastatin but now I'm not so sure and think it maybe fibro-related. This past week, both my upper arms have started aching; it feels like a deep muscular pain and it even pains me to hold a book. Did a little research and started doing some stretching type exercises and weights and arms feel better but not 100%. I've also started walking on my treadmill 30 minutes/day and have not had the hip pain since. I do have pain in several of the fibro "trigger points."
Also have ringing in my ears and on and off problems staying asleep at night. I also take meds for migraines (oral Imitrex) as needed. Have had several anxiety-raising events in the last few months; one of my dogs was killed by a rattlesnake bite, then my daughter's horse dropped dead of an aneurism (I was very attached to him); one of my four 20-something children is moving halfway across the country to live with a boyfriend (first one to move out of state); and my husband had cancer surgery 3 years ago and in the back of my mind I'm always fearful of a recurrence, even tho he is ok right now.
My basic question is: I have self-diagnosed with fibromyalgia but from what I've read, and since it seems there's not much doctors can do other than prescribe drugs which I don't want to take, is it necessary for me to see my doctor; and what other conditions would possibly have my symptoms?
I apologize for being so long-winded and any help and insight would be appreciated.
Hey, welcome to the board. I'm Jane, 31 years old, fibro since 1999.
Some of your pain sounds a lot like mine. It could be fibro, but it could also be other conditions such as myositis or even lupus. You should at least have blood tests to rule out other problems, which might be more treatable and/or more serious.
If the blood tests come back clean, you may as well assume it is fibro, and treat it with gentle exercise, the way you have been. If your pain gets worse, or seriously interferes with sleep, there are various medicines that can help.
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