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Old 08-23-2006, 08:06 PM   #1
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Is this what I have?

Ok, so I've been to doctors since I was 11 years old. No one seems to be able to give me an answer.
I have SEVERE aches in my legs, arms and back. Some days I hurt so bad, I have curled up in my bed and cried. I have missed work and most importantly I have missed important days with my 5 year old daughter. My head hurts, some days I wake and have diarhea, stomach cramps and upset stomach well into the afternoon. Luckily, my job does not begin until 11a.m. After I drop my daughter off at school, it isn't uncommon for me to go home, vomit, have loose stools for an hour or so, and go to work.
I am so tired, no matter how many hours I sleep. This has been the case since I was a child. I Literally drag all day long. I have done this since elementary one seemed to ever understand. I am EXHUASTED no matter how much I sleep, no matter what I do, no matter if it's the weekend, week day, etc.
Some days I spike a fever for no reason whatsoever, sometimes as high as 102, then I suffer for 24 hours, then it breaks, with no other symptoms.
I also have pretty bad menstral cramps...have recently been put on birth control pills for the first time ( even though I am 33 ) for that reason.
some days I hurt so bad, I just have to go to bed. Everything literally hurts.
My other weird symptom is that I also pass out. My old dr. said that was a panick attack...but my mom thinks that may just be an underlying symptom of something else.
Advice, please. Is this fibromyalgia? I don't know what else to do. i have been diagnosed as having arthritis, depression and anxiety, but I can't help but think there is somethint more. what do you think?

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Old 08-24-2006, 08:12 AM   #2
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Re: Is this what I have?

It could be. you need to be seeing a rheumatologist. There are tests that can be done to rule things out. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1995 when I started seeing a new rheumatologist, & all she did to diagnose me was press on my ankle. It hurt so bad that I cried out and almost lurched off the table. I remember telling the dr that I didn't even know that my ankle hurt until she pressed on it, & she told me that I definitely had fibromyalgia. About the only treatment that I was given was a med called Plaquenil and a very low dose of Prednisone--1mg/day. After about one year on the drugs, I was feeling better. Hardly any pain, and the fatigue was much improved. Now I have been recently diagnosed with Lupus and so those symptoms are back again.
I would urge you to seek out a dr for help. Don't give up until you find someone you feel is working to help you. Also, just recently I have found a supplement that really helps me sleep & to feel rested. It is a natural magnesium made by Daily Foods. It has a little kelp in it too. Try to eat healthy and take a multi-vitamin. Hope you are feeling better soon, so that you can enjoy that daughter of yours!

Old 08-24-2006, 12:32 PM   #3
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Re: Is this what I have?

Hi Dorothy,

Fibro is a diagnosis that is given when other potential problems have been ruled out. That means a thorough physical exam, along with labs, is in order.

If I were you, before visiting a rheumatologist, I would want my PCP or an internal med specialist to rule out possible infection of some sort.

If your limb pain started at age 11, you may want to research "tethered cord syndrome." This is a minor birth defect where the spinal cord, rather than being free-floating in the spinal canal, is fused to the sacrum. As a child grows, tension is put on the peripheral nerves (they are stretched), resulting in pain & even psychological symptoms. This particular disorder requires surgical intervention, but can be highly successfully treated.

Best wishes.

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