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Can I have FM?
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Olivia2020 - November 7

I am a 25 yo old female and I have been searching online for any possible answer to my sleeping pain. I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel in both wrists at the age of 20. So I am used to the numbness and pain in my hands at night, but for the last month I have been unable to sleep due to pain in my shoulders and neck. I don't know if that can be caused by carpal tunnel. I have a lot of the Fibro symptoms but of course I am fatuiged, I am not sleeping. I wake up in such pain throughout the night. In the morning It hurts to move my arms. I also have Pain during intercourse and urination. Can I have fibro at 25? Does it sound like it? I have no health insurance. What should I do? Thank you for reading.

 

Olivia2020 - November 7

I also have a very physical job. Can that be the only cause of my all over pain. I figure thats what my back and leg pain is from. (work)

 

dalejr62 - November 7

You very well can have it. I'm not sure what to tell you about what to do without insurance but there are alot of people here who I bet have answers for you. (I just wanted to respond to you. I know it can make you wonder if any one can see your question.)

 

Olivia2020 - November 7

Thank you. I am so sick of being in pain at night. I try to blame it on everything, including the mattress.(it's only a year old) My Husband is going to buy a new one to see if it helps me. He's sick of seeing me have to sleep sitting up so that I am not laying on my painful arms.

 

Olivia2020 - November 7

Is there anyway anyone can tell me where these "pressure points" are so I can check myself?

 

dalejr62 - November 7

Yes look to the left under diagnosis and test it will show you but you really need to see a rhuemetologist.

 

Olivia2020 - November 7

wouldn't those spots be painful for anyone though? Yes they are tender for me too.

 

Gabbie - November 7

I've had all sorts of pain scattered throughout my whole body which I blamed on other things. One of the things that pushed me to finally see a rheum was pain in my wrists. It started in the right hand which I just blamed it on too much computer "mousing" but when it started in the left wrist I knew it was something more. My hands ache, sometimes feel tingly and when the weather is cold, the tips of my fingers get cold and numb. I have read posts on this forum from some people who are as young as you, so I guess fibro can get anyone at any time. Your symptoms sound very much like fibro. Not having health insurance certainly makes things more difficult for you, but I hope that you can find a way to at least see a rheum to be properly diagnosed. This is a wonderful forum to share stories and suggestions for living with fibro but I can't express enough the importance of seeing a specialist to know for certain. I wish you all the best.

 

dalejr62 - November 7

not like they are to us. You put enough pressure on those spots and it makes me go to my knees.

 

Gabbie - November 7

Yes, the trigger point pain can be excruciating for people with fibro. That is one of the "tests" that a rheum does when trying to diagnose a patient. Each trigger point is pressed and with fibro patients, there is much pain in about 11 out of 18 or so points.






 

Olivia2020 - November 7

Gabbie..Thats exactly how I started noticing all the pain. It started with stabbing pains in my wrist. I thought it was due to my carpal tunnel. All the numbness and tingling too. But when my arms and shoulders started becoming so painful I couldn't sleep I thought to look into another condition. I was looking into R Arthritis but even though I had some of those symptoms it lead me to research on Fibro. Since then my wrist has began to crack and pop all the time too.

 

Olivia2020 - November 7

It's hard for me to even know when I am in pain. I have been told by doctors I have a VERY high pain tolerance, so I can never really tell how bad something hurts.

 

Gabbie - November 8

Olivia2020 from what you are describing it does sound like it could be fibro. My wrists crack and pop and so do all my other joints especially if I am not moving for a while. My joints make all sorts of noises all day long and there are times that it's so loud other people can hear it. You also mention that you have pain in your shoulders and neck. There are fibro pressure points in that area also. If you look at the list of symptoms and diagnosis for fibro there is a body sketch showing all the trigger points. From what you are describing, it sounds very much like fibromyalgia symptoms, starting with pain in the wrists 5 years ago and now feeling pain spreading to other areas of the body. That's what happened to me beginning about 15 years ago and it wasn't until last year I suspected fibro for myself. I had too much widespread pain to continue to blame it on something else, like inheriting bad knees, sciatica, sleeping crooked, etc. When I finally went to a rheum, he ran several blood tests to rule out other things, one of which was rheumatoid arthritis. That is why I encourage you to find a way to get medical help to make sure it is nothing else that needs specific treatment.

 

Olivia2020 - November 9

Thank you Gabbie

 

lisa1 - November 10

Olivia2020, I am not sure what your financial situation is or where you live, but you really need to see a doctor especially a rheum. Try to find out about a community health center.That may be a good place to start. If not you may try to get on some sort of assistance through your local or state government. There are alot of programs out there for people with no health insurance that may be able to get it at a discount price if your job does not offer it or if you are self employed. Please let us know how you are doing. We are all here for you.

 

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