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Is it possible to have FMS years before diagnosed without recognizable pain?
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Ruby - September 5

I am a five year veteran of the US Air Force. Is it possible to have fibromyalgia without recognizing pain and are physically active?

 

JJ - September 5

It ook a long time (several years) to identify my FMS. Although I had pain from the beginning, it would feel just like a sore muscle. For example my shoulder would hurt and I would just think I slept on it wrong or strained it when reaching for something. Other symptoms were more predominant like IBS, fibro-fog, etc., but I never put all these symptoms together as one syndrome until seeing the rheumatologist. so I guess the answer is yes, you may have FMS for quite sometime before recognizing what it is.

 

Brandy - September 5

I have suffered symptoms of fibro since my early teens. Back then it was mostly in my legs plus lack of energy, just could never keep up with the other kids. My parents were never ones to run to doctors and I don't remember ever talking about it to any one. When I was in my 20's and 30's I would carry on despite any pain or fatigue mostly because I thought every one felt this way. My muscle hurt most all the time. Of course I would have times that I was better but times when I wasn't. I think I was secretly a shamed of myself for not being able to do better. As an adult I never went to the doctor except for when I was pregnant with my two kids. It wasn't until about 6 years ago after reading on line about fibromyalgia that I went to a rheumatologist. In my first appointment with that rheumatologist he diagnosed me right away. Of course he ran blood test to rule out other things but in his words I have "classic" Fibromyalgia. I am 52 years old now but what a relief it was to finally have an answer and to know this wasn't all in my head.

 

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