Introduction & questions before approaching doctor if I have fibro
Brief intro is I am a 30 something male who's always seemed to be a chronic complainer about some sort of pain or ailment affecting my daily activities. I have daily headaches that are mostly in the back of my neck & clench/grind my teeth and wake up tired/stiff daily. Although I have a wonderful life/family I feel down & unmotivated. I've been on lexapro before & it can be good for a few months, but seen a checklist on fibromyalgia and its nearly all my symptoms...From what I gather and have read its a newer "unknown/not taken serious" condition people seem to have (in others eyes it seems)...Here is my checklist...If my doctor thinks I fit the bill, from what I read its basically a toughen up disease that you just have to deal with? I also just read that diet pop can be a trigger to make things worse. I drink 1-3 cans daily of a diet pop so I may try cutting that out to see if it helps.
YES-Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness
YES-Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy
MODERATELY-Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep
YES-Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long
YES-Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks ("fibro fog")
NO-Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome)
YES-Tension or migraine headaches
YES-Jaw and facial tenderness
YES-I hate home scents/perfumes!!! Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold
YES-Feeling anxious or depressed
YES-Numbness or tingling in the face, arms, hands, legs, or feet
SOMETIMES IF NERVOUS-Increase in urinary urgency or frequency (irritable bladder)
YES-I TIRE EASY-Reduced tolerance for exercise and muscle pain after exercise
YES-ESPECIALLY WITH COMPUTER USAGE-A feeling of swelling (without actual swelling) in the hands and feet
A friend of mine said to see a doctor and try cymbalta but I am currently on high blood pressure meds...The symptoms are nearly yes on all items for me, but I am hesitant to know if this is what I have or if this disease is generally considered non serious?
Just a vent/informative post looking to see what others feel. I guess my next step is to mention it to my family doctor...Thanks for listening.
Last edited by ScionTC05; 04-16-2013 at 01:06 PM.