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Is this fibromyalgia? I need help!
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arenae - August 8

I am 28 years old, 5'4", 118 pounds. I have been diagnosed by a neurologist with tension headaches and vascular migraines. I have also been diagnosed by my internist with fatigue, depression, anxiety, TMJ, allergic rhinitis, COPD, GERD, and "overuse syndrome" (pertaining to my neck and back pain).

I have also been placed on Concerta for my fatigue, which is a stimulant medication for ADHD. If I didn't take that I could never stay awake. I am a medical transcriptionist and work at home and I have to take a few breaks during the day to lie down and nap.

My vision also gets cloudy sometimes. I was evaluated with a cystoscopy for recurrent UTIs and for large amounts of blood in my urine seen on all of my urinalyses for the past 2 years. I am chronically constipated, but certain things cause me to have diarrhea; I am never "normal".

I have recently started having a problem with itching. It is only on my arms and goes from my wrists to my shoulders on both sides. I scratch until I bleed, and now I have scars. I have been given a Kenalog injection and triamcinolone cream. In addition, I already take Singulair and Zyrtec for allergies and inhalers for my COPD. I only had an itch but no visible rash. Now I have red spots, which I think is infection from where I have cut my skin from scratching so much. It has been going on for 2 months, and I can barely work or function in any aspect of my life. No doctor seems to know what is wrong with me.

I have searched diligently and when I came across fibromyalgia, which I have heard of but did not know much about, I realized that there are SO MANY things that make me believe that I have this.

I hurt terribly in my upper back, shoulders, neck and head. I have daily headaches and migraines every few weeks.

Does anyone believe that this might be what I have? If so, what should I do and how can I treat this? I have a 5-year-old son and I feel like a horrible mother because I am always in pain or tired! Please help!

 

JJ1 - August 9

Some of the symptoms sound like you could have it. I suggest you see a rheumatologist if you haven't already. They can run blood tests that can rule out other illnesses that cause similar symptoms and will be able to tell you if you have fibromyalgia. Good Luck.

 

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