Normally I only suffer from mild sleep issues, constant but low level & manageable fatigue, and I used to be mildly hypothyroid but as of the latest blood tests I'm not anymore.
The thing is, sometimes under stress or with illness I will develop:
--An intolerance to cold (I don't necessarily _feel_ cold, but the cold makes my joints ache and ache)
--what I've only been able to call "nerve spasms"--jolts of pain in the sensitive areas of my body, inside of wrists, backs of hands, legs, calves, arms, you name it. Sometimes when I jerk from one spasm it will trigger another and so on. (World of pain!)
--sleep disturbances (due to the above--I'll be whimpering and jolting in pain all night, so obviously I can't sleep :P)
Sometimes it accompanies fever (I feel like it comes secondary to the fever; see the above stress) but not always.
This has been going on my whole life, but not constantly. The word from my mother is that I got a strange rash when I was an infant and it started after that (and she had no idea what was going on until I was old enough to talk).
This got better for several years in my late teens and early twenties but in the last several months it's become more frequent and triggered by more things. (the last two were from a spider bite and unknown-but-possibly-diet-related, respectively) When I do get a flare-up, it's pretty debilitating, and the only thing I've found that helps is anti-inflammatories, and even then only mildly. The worst of it will usually go on for 8-16 hours, but it's not uncommon for it to linger for days.
I've mentioned this to several doctors with not much success except one who referred me for a brainscan as a teen (but I wasn't symptomatic at the time, so of course it was OK). I figured since I'd gotten several inconclusive answers that it was just a weird tic of mine and I'd have to deal with it. But one or two people have suggested fibro (including one who _has_ fibro) so I figured I'd ask about it.
But I do know that fibro mimics symptoms of other things, I just don't know what those other things are. Any advice would be much appreciated.