Hi! I feel a bit rude posting straight up without an introduction, so hi, I'm Katie, and it's great to meet you :) I've just been having a lot of symptoms on and off for a while now that seem like they could be traced to fibromyalgia, and I was just curious as to your opinions, I apologise in advance if this is a long post. Firstly, I'm 22, in generally good health, of a healthy weight (about 100lb at 5'2") and don't drink or smoke. I can't think of any real risk factors, although my mom has lupus and ibs, if that counts for anything. I thought perhaps my symptoms were thyroid related, although recent blood tests showed my thyroid levels were normal, as were all my other blood tests and liver function tests. Every time I go to the doctor complaining of these symptoms, he generally just looks at me like I'm a crazy hypochondriac, checks me over and sends me on my way.
For the past couple of years, I have noticed myself being more tired and requiring more sleep than I ever have. I usually sleep about ten hours a day, and I find it ridiculously hard to get out of bed in the morning. I also wake up multiple times during the night, and often feel like I need a nap by about 3 or 4pm even if I've only got up at 10am. I feel the cold extremely easily, my hands and feet are pretty much always cold, especially during winter, to the point where I can barely feel them. I often feel it almost impossible to sit down and concentrate on anything, be it schoolwork or a television show, I just feel like I can't switch on properly and I don't really care about anything. I don't, generally speaking, have a whole lot of pain, save for headaches every few days, and I often feel a dull ache at the base of my skull. In the past year or so, I seem to be increasingly lactose intolerant, something I haven't dealt with since I was about five years old, and I find myself going to the bathroom at least a couple of times a day. Social anxiety and atypical depression have been affecting me on and off since I was about 16, not to the point of being debilitating or where I felt like I needed to be on medication, but enough to interfere with my life.
The one thing that has been worrying me over the past week or so is a chest pain that I have never experienced before, which seems to be exacerbated when I'm sitting or lying down. Mainly, it feels like a whole lot of pressure under my right/central ribcage and up to my throat. It does feel a little tender if I press on my sternum, upper ribs or shoulder blades, but mainly the discomfort feels deeper, if that makes sense. It's mostly a dull, pressure kind of ache, but it seems to change. A few days ago, I felt it down around my ribs out to my back, and it felt like something huge was about to bust straight out of my back. Other times, it feels more like a burning or stabbing up in my sternum or around in my shoulder blade, with numbness and pain radiating down my right arm. Sometimes it feels like there is a lump or pressure in my throat, like I haven't swallowed food properly. Of course, these kind of symptoms make me assume the worst (as I tend to do), like the possibility of a tumor or something, but mostly I just wonder if this is all related.
Again, I apologise for the long post, and for not introducing myself prior. Thank you sincerely in advance for any opinions you have :)