I’ve been plagued for the last 4 months with aching joints. Sometimes my neck has ached so much it’s been too much effort to keep my head upright! – and I’ve needed to sit or even lie down. It’s affected all the main muscle groups: neck, elbows, shoulders, wrists, waist, hips, kneed and ankles.
At the same time I’ve felt absolutely drained of energy, and have found it hard to concentrate on anything for very long. Paracetamol etc has not relieved the aching at all.
Eventually, when it didn’t go of its own accord, I pottered off to my GP who ran a gamut of blood tests. Nothing.
So she sent me to the rheumatologist last week. He too ran me through a load of tests, asked some questions and then said
I can’t tell you what a relief to have a proper diagnosis at last. He told me that fibromyalgia is a branch of arthritis (which I am also getting, yippee) and is linked to a number of things but mainly, chronic insomnia.
Apparently I am a typical case of a ‘flare-up’ – some people have it all the time: others, like me, have a flare-up from time to time.
It affects 2% of the population. There’s no cure, but there is treatment, and I have been given non-addictive medication to help me sleep better. He said that if they can get me to sleep properly, eventually the symptoms should reduce.
He handed me a leaflet – it even has its own leaflet! – which said, amongst other things, that you can look well while being in a lot of pain.
(from FMS/CMS support group website)
I don’t suppose it’s every patient that walks out of the surgery with a spring in her step because she’s had a diagnosis, but it has raised my morale to discover that this wretched condition has a name. It also rules out a number of things which were lurking at the back of my mind |-|
Pheeewww. Now to see what happens next … :yes: