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Mika - June 7

Hi everyone,

I'm new to this Forum and it's a saving grace that I stumbled across it!

I was in a motor vehicle accident in April 2009(was rear-ended). Sustained soft neck tissue injuries as well as spinal muscle injuries.

I'm battling a lot with headaches, severe tiredness (to such an extent that it is influencing my marriage). Off lately I've been experiencing extremely painful arms (especially the top of my arms - feels as if I have something eating me alive from inside or as if someone poured acid over my flesh) - and it's very painful! I also have a stiff neck (especially when it's cooler weather), get muscle spasms and just have difficulty concentrating and remembering things. Also when DH "play pinch" my arms and legs, it hurts quite badly - it's like my skin has become so sensitive (and he gets angry at me, 'cause he says he's not hurting me, but I feel pain???).

The X-rays showed nothing (no fractures etc).

Do you think I could possibly have fibro?

Thanks in advance for your assistance. I sometimes feel like I can just go to an Island where there's no-one else!


Fantod - June 7

Hello Mika - Welcome to the board! I would make an appointment to see a rheumotologist ASAP. There are other things that can mimic Fibromyalgia (FMS) such as thyroid. The rheumy will run a number of tests to rule them out before making a diagnosis. You can call your local hospital physician referral service and ask them for a recommendation to someone who has an interest in FMS. Not all rheumotologists are created equal. There are still plenty of doctors out there who think FMS is a figment of our collective imaginations. If you get someone who won't listen to you, find another doctor.

And, I would also be evaluated by a dentist for TMJ. You may be contributing to your neck, shoulder and headache problems by clenching or grinding your teeth while sleeping. If you are grinding etc, they will make you a bite splint to relax your jaw and stop you from destroying your teeth.

The skin problem you are describing is called "Allydonia." I have it; sometimes just figuring out what I can wear can be a challenge. For example, wearing a bra can cause a great deal of discomfort because of the pressure. I can not imagine having someone pinch me. I'd probably slap them into next week. Mine tends to come and go. Some days are better than others.

It is not uncommon for family members and friends to have trouble accepting a diagnosis of FMS. Pain is subjective. If they can not see it than it must not exist. FMS is recognized by the World Health Organization, The Centers for Disease Control and the National Arthitis Foundation.

If it turns out that you do have FMS, keep in touch on this board. There is a lot of good information in the blue boxes on the lefthand side of this page. And, you can ask questions, participate and vent with a nice group of people.
Good luck and take care.



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