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Does it hurt enough to be fybromyalgia?
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hypochondria - February 14

Hi, I haven't been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia but I'm considering it might be my problem. I am 26 years old and I have pain all over my body. At some points pain are more pronounced, today I have a really strange pain that start just above my wrist and runs down my index finger. It is very sensitive and feels as though I have a sunburn under my skin When i touch my skin it hurts. I have frequent headaches and sore muscles which I have always attributed to bad car accidents. I know this is probably too much info, but I also have had some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. My husband thinks I am psycho. I just am so tired, and sore all the time. I get tired if I stand for too long. I'll occasionally have random sharp pains for no reason. Is that normal? My main question has been: How do I know how much pain is enough to be considered fybromyalgia? I'm still able to work and go to school and play with my kids, but I can't help but feel as though I'm too young to feel this achy all the time. :( Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I won't be hurt if you feel I'm blowing a bad back out of proportions! :)


hypochondria - February 14

That was supposed to say ring finger.


Stacey373 - February 14

Hello - this is a hard one. With your symptoms it could be Fibro, but it could also be something else. I guess the first thing to ask is have you had an MRI for your back and neck? Since fibro mimics so many other illness and problems, it's really hard to tell you what's wrong.

I can tell you that all of my problems started with a car accident. I only had problems with my neck for a long time after that. And then I started having problems with my lower back and then it snowballed from there to everything else.

I was treated like a hypochondriac and was told many times that it was all in my head. I was so nervous when I finally found a doctor who actually listened to me, that I didn't even want to tell her all of my symptoms because I thought she would think I was a hypochondriac and be done with me.

I guess my biggest concern for you right now is that you aren't listening to your body and you are second guessing everything it's telling you. YOU know if you are hurting and tired all the time. YOU know that there is something terribly wrong and it's not normal to feel this way. Whether it's Fibromyalgia or not, believe there is something wrong and don't let the doctors (or family and friends) tell you any different.

Generally the major symptoms of Fibro are Chronic pain for at least 3 months, pain in all 4 quadrants of the body (but it doesn't have to be at the same time), fatigue, and headaches. (the blue boxes on the left side of this page have alot of good info about all the other "perks" that are associated with Fibro) The way I usually describe it is that I have places on my body, that change suddenly, where it feels like I just did hard labor and my muscles hurt like I over used them....but I haven't done a damn thing to cause it.

What you should do is see a doctor ASAP. A rheumatologist is the best doctor for Fibro, but I've only seen my regular family doctor and, so far, it's worked out okay. The doctor should test you for everything that it could possibly be first. Ask them to do the "Tender Point" test...which is where they put slight pressure and you have pain in most of the 18 tender points. You can also ask for a blood test to check your Vitamin D levels. Most Fibro sufferers are Vitamin D deficient.

I hope this helps you. hang in there and let us know what the doctor says. Stacey :o)


Cher0208 - February 14


Sorry to hear that you are in pain and so tired. I am also 26 years old. I have all of the symptoms that you described and more. Like Stacy said, you should get an MRI. And see a rheumatologist. I fell over a year ago and the symptoms began not too long after. Although, the more I think about it the more I realize some symptoms began years ago! Maybe the fall was the straw that broke the camels back? If you read through the many different posts on this site you will see that it took many of us a long time to get a proper diagnosis. Be sure to find a good doctor. And write your all of your symptoms down before you go. Maybe keep a pain diary for a week or two prior to your specialist visit. Keep track of how many hours you are sleeping and what you're eating. After a year of this I have finally had enough and have gotten VERY strict with my diet. I am not eating any candy, refined sugars whatsoever, starches, nightshade vegetables, corn, soy or gluten. It has taken 95% of my pain away. Now the fatigue is another issue. I drink Yerba Mata tea (helps me to have more clarity of mind) but I get wiped out from doing very little. No matter what you are diagnosed with, it's a good idea to start eating healthy if you aren't already. Out with the processed foods and in with whole foods, include a lot of fruit and veggies everyday.

26 is too young to feel this way. But if something is going on it must be addressed. Best of luck to you. Let us know how you make out. Oh, and for the're not the only one with a condition like this where your spouse thinks you're nuts. My bf is extremely supportive thank God. But if I were you I wouldn't talk about your symptoms all the time to him until you get a diagnosis and at that point he should come with you to the doctor. Good support is critical when dealing with something like this.

Take care!


hypochondria - February 15

Thanks so much! I just really needed a little reinforcement to know that I'm not a total quack to help me get up the guts to talk to my doctor. :)



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