I thought I might include a Fibromyalgia page , do the surfing for you, if you are curious as to what it is . I have had fibro for many years. I originally thought it showed up in my late 20's, with a diagnosis at 40, but now after much research I have suspicions that I actually had it all through my teens as well.
There are days this disorder make it very hard to function, but there is a drive in me to keep going to not sit around and let it take over my life. But I will admit there are days when I am so tired of feeling 80 when I am in my 40s. Other days it is not so bad. I can deal with it, manage it. there is NEVER a day there is not a symptom, but there are actually great days, at least on my scale of things and those days are true blessings and I am so very grateful for them!!!
I do what I can to stay upbeat, motivated and proactive in my care... and I do my best to keep it homeopathic and natural. Sometimes that is ill viewed upon, but it is the path I have chosen to follow. Not that I do not believe that others should follow my same path if they feel or find the more more standard western medical paths are working. It is very hard to do though, staying positive etc. but all I can do is take it in baby steps. I am a fighter though, and so that is one reason why I walk, a lot. Walking hurts too at times, but at least it keeps me mobile, because if I did not walk , it would get to the point where I could not...I know that day may come, but I do my best to put it off for as long as I can. I know I over do it daily, but again that is the fighter in me. I simply refuse to lay down and let it take over. I have come close many times and well that is when the feeling of wanting it over with appears, I will do all it takes to avoid that... I do not have time, nor desire to have a pity party... life is too short!
Here is a lot of info from two sites, but also a couple of links if you are interested.
Fibromyalgia (pronounced fy-bro-my-AL-ja) is a common and complex chronic pain disorder that affects people physically, mentally and socially. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome rather than a disease. Unlike a disease, which is a medical condition with a specific cause or causes and recognizable signs and symptoms, a syndrome is a collection of signs, symptoms, and medical problems that tend to occur together but are not related to a specific, identifiable cause.
Fibromyalgia, which has also been referred to as fibromyalgia syndrome, fibromyositis and fibrositis, is characterized by chronic widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbances, fatigue and often psychological distress. For those with severe symptoms, fibromyalgia can be extremely debilitating and interfere with basic daily activities.
FIBROMYALGIA SYMPTOMS CHECKLIST
General Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Delayed reactions to physical exertion or stressful events
- Other family members with fibromyalgia (genetic predisposition)
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Cravings for carbohydrate and chocolate
- Headaches & migraines
- Vision changes, including rapidly worsening vision
Muscle & Tissue-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Pain that ranges from mild to severe, and may move around the body (See The 7 Types of Fibromyalgia Pain)
- Morning stiffness
- Muscle twitches
- Diffuse swelling
- Fibrocystic (lumpy, tender) breasts (as an overlapping condition)
Sinus & Allergy-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Post nasal drip
- Runny nose
- Mold & yeast sensitivity
- Shortness of breath
- Earaches & itchy ears
- Ringing ears (tinitis)
- Thick secretions
Sleep-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Light and/or broken sleep pattern with unrefreshing sleep
- Sleep starts (falling sensations)
- Twitchy muscles at night
- Teeth grinding (bruxism)
Reproductive Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Abdominal & Digestive Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Bloating & nausea
- Abdominal cramps
- Pelvic pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome (as an overlapping condition)
- Urinary frequency
Cognitive/Neurological Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Difficulty speaking known words, other language impairments (dysphasia)
- Directional disorientation
- Poor balance and coordination
- Paresthesias in the upper limbs (tingling or burning sensations)
- Loss of ability to distinguish some shades of colors
- Short-term memory impairment
- Trouble concentrating
- Staring into space before brain "kicks in"
- Inability to recognize familiar surroundings
Sensory Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Sensitivity to odors
- Sensitivity to pressure changes, temperature & humidity
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Night driving difficulty
- Sensory overload
Emotional Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Panic attacks
- Depression (as an overlapping condition)
- Tendency to cry easily
- Free-floating anxiety (not associated with situation or object)
- Mood swings
- Unaccountable irritability
Heart-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Mitral valve prolapse (as an overlapping condition)
- Rapid, fluttery, irregular heartbeat
- Pain that mimics heart attack, frequently from costochondritis (as an overlapping condition)
Skin, Hair & Nail-Related Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Pronounced nail ridges
- Nails that curve under
- Mottled skin
- Bruising or scaring easily
- Hair loss (temporary)
- Tissue overgrowth (non-cancerous tumors called lipomas, ingrown hairs, heavy and splitting cuticles, adhesions)
Miscellaneous Fibromyalgia Symptoms
- Nose bleeds
- Recent research has suggested a genetic component. The disorder is often seen in families, among siblings or mothers and their children.
- Fibromyalgia often occurs following a physical trauma, such as an acute illness or injury, which may act as a “trigger” in the development of the disorder.
- Increasing attention is being devoted to the central nervous system as the underlying mechanism of FM. Recent studies have suggested that FM patients have generalized disturbance in pain processing and an amplified response to stimuli that would not ordinarily be painful in healthy individuals.
- Since there is no known cure for FM, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms and improving function.
- A variety of prescription medications are often used to reduce pain levels and improve sleep. On June 21, 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Lyrica (pregabalin) as the first drug to treat fibromyalgia. Cymbalta (duloxetine HCl) was approved in June 2008; and Savella (milnacipran HCl) was approved in January 2009.
- Alternative therapies, such as massage, myofasical release, acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal supplements and yoga, can be effective tools in managing FM symptoms.
- Increasing rest, pacing activities, reducing stress, practicing relaxation and improving nutrition can help minimize symptoms and improve quality of life.
In March 2011) I went to the doctor for my yearly exam. Sadly I got more bad health news. My uterus is swollen to 12 week size ( references pregnancy measurement) and most likely I have fibroid(s) but it could also be cysts as it runs in the family on my Moms side. I have always, since having children battled IBS, frequent needs to urinate , back pain, stomach pain and at times pelvic pain. This suggested diagnosis explained a lot. I know that my Grandma on my Dad's side had them and once she hot menopause they shrunk and she never had surgery. My Mom and her sister had cysts and had full hysterectomies...my Mom was younger than me. I have always suspected I would have similar issues. I also assumed I would have insurance when the time came. I don't. Hopefully soon. There is no way to have the tests that I need, the surgery that I may need... at least yet. I am hoping very soon, as I said, to finally go in for the tests needed... most likely an ultra sound as that is what has been mentioned /suggested many times. To see what is REALLY going on, but all I can do now is go on the assumption the OB/GYN that I see is correct. So I have to deal with the pain and discomfort that they bring, the reactions my body has, and if not that they could get worse and make life even more difficult. To top it off it is all complicated by my fibromyalgia as well. The body image I have that already at times suffers took a ding as well, as my belly will not go down and in all clothing I look like I have a bun in the oven, and that "bun" hurts like heck at times. Makes day to day life more painful than ever on all levels. But there is nothing I can do for now, but to once again do my best to stay positive and upbeat and proactive, as much as I can. I can exercise, take my supplements that seem to help with the symptoms and do a few other natural things, such as meditate and take hot showers.
I began to think there must be other women out there that have similar symptoms or have been diagnosed . There is a lot of info out there and it can be overwhelming and upsetting as well. Personally if I had a chance I would have a hysterectomy, as I am done having children and would like to be done with my monthly and I think I can deal with the aftermath a lot better than living with it. So all I can do is pray we get good insurance and can recoup money wise to pay the co-payments for the tests and the removal of them, or that menopause happens soon and they shrink to a manageable size before they grow more so. Here is one of many articles I found.