Help Am I Developing FM?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by dammit, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. dammit

    dammit New Member

    I have started having symptoms that have me on edge - worried about my health, my prospective diagnosis, my prognosis, and the future.

    For the past several weeks, I have been experiencing pain in my hips, knees, left arm, arches of my feet, off and on, that seem to have no real originating or precipitating event.

    I have reasoned that my hip pain is residual from when I was pregnant with my daughter. I started developing hip pain when I was around 7 months pregnant, and they haven't been "right" ever since.

    I have neck and shoulder pain, but have reasoned that it emanates from having a whiplash injury several years ago from being rear-ended by several vehicles. The pain has never really went away, so I have always attributed it to that.

    My knee pain seemed to manifest overnight, but I am a runner, and I have tried to reason that I must have strained a ligament or tendon.

    The pains elsewhere, in my feet, legs, arms, are sporadic with no rhyme or reason. Sometimes they feel like brief electric jolts; other times they feel like throbbing aches; sometimes it feels like my muscles are burning.

    I am really worried.

    Shortly after my daughter was born, I also started having what I think were panic attacks. I could be in the middle of doing something - anything - and I would have a sudden sense of de-realization/de-personalization and feel totally out of control, almost like looking at my body and surroundings in a dream-like state.

    At that time, I happened to be undergoing a lot of stress with the transition of motherhood and attributed it to that.

    I had a full physical and a CT scan of my head about 8 months ago. Everything came back normal. The CT scan revealed a blocked sinus, for which I was prescribed antibiotics.

    I have wondered if I consume too much caffeine (5-6 cups a day) and have begun cutting back on my coffee consumption. I also stopped using sugar substitutes several months ago. I am trying to eliminate anything in my life - in my diet - that could be unhealthy, a trigger, etc.

    Any thoughts or opinions? I am so scared.
  2. no1buddybear

    no1buddybear New Member

    Sorry to hear you are in such pain :(

    I suggest you visit a good doctor.

    I have had FM for 3 years. I went through panic attacks also - they can be pretty scary can't they? (I am on antidepressant now).

    I think you are doing the right thing with looking at possible triggers, esp. cutting down caffeine. Caffeine can interfere with deep sleep which is restorative.

    take care
    no1buddybear
  3. ilovepink4

    ilovepink4 Member

    i agree...you need to go to the doc and start ruling out other illnesses....and have the test where the doc pokes you in certain places on the body and if you have pain in most of them..like 11 out of 18?? i think, they will determine fm...it takes a while to get a dx....do you have trouble with lack of sleep? numbness on face? hands? legs and arms? how about fatigue? do you forget everything? do you have prb's with constipation then diarhea? oh, the list is endless!!!

    I am sorry that you aren't feeling well. I hope that it is just temporary and not FM!! but, you have to get a dx and then start adjusting to your new life.... take care! pink[This Message was Edited on 04/19/2006]
  4. gidgetsmom

    gidgetsmom New Member

    Sorry you're having to go thru this!! My story is so similar to yours that I had to welcome you to the board. It's a wonderful place full of advice and friends.

    I lived with the pains you described for quite a while dismissing them as one thing or another. The anxiety/panic attacks were, to quote one dr., a result of being "female"!! But, a few years ago, what I thought was a simple "flu" was actually a full flare with pain that never left. I think my primary dr. got tired of doing test after test all coming back "normal". He did send me on to a rheumatologist that diagnosed the FM.

    You don't mention any fatigue or mental "fogginess". I used to be able snap out decisions left and right..now I'm lucky to spell my name 1/2 the time!! Are these not a problem to you??
    How is your sleep?? Most FM sufferers have a very disrupted sleep pattern.

    I was put on amitriptyline (elavil)almost immediately. It helps immensely with my sleep and mood swings. I also take flexeril for muscle spasms.

    If your dr. does find you're suffering with FM, I highly recommend finding a good pain specialist. Without them, I wouldn't be able to work!!

    There are also several "all natural" ways to deal with FM. You will find them on this board if you do a search for them.

    Hope this has been helpful to you. Feel free to ask any questions, vent your feelings, etc. here!!! You will find many friends and experiences on this board.

    Also, if you would, please fill out your profile. It will help us help you if we know a little more about you!!
  5. Stillkicking

    Stillkicking New Member

    This can happen to anyone who has a whiplash injury which hasn't been treated to resolution and your sinus infection probably is still present, especially if you were on short term antibiotics. If you treat these two conditions your pain will abate. Not that this will be easy.

    Try massage for the whiplash. Start out with a gentle massage and progress over time to deep tissue and acupressure. Take vitamins and hot baths. Old injuries take a long time to heal.

    For the sinus,you might try all these: saline nasal spray, antibiotics, Triminic Chest Congestion, and Bromelain (at bedtime on empty stomach). These need to be taken for at least a month and probably much longer to work well and completely get rid of the sinus infection.

    Take Care.

  6. dammit

    dammit New Member

    The thing that has me worried that I might be developing FM are the joint/muscular descriptions I have read, but the thing that has me thinking it might not be it - perhaps - is that I don't have the extreme fatigue, poor sleep patterns or forgetfulness that some people seem to have. I don't have gastrointestinal issues either. In looking up my symptoms, I even considered MS, but I don't have most of its symptoms, either. My mother, who is a nurse, doesn't think it's FM or MS because my symptoms are relegated to one arena.

    As for my whiplash injury, it occurred in 1998. I went through physical therapy and chiropractic care. I was rated as having loss 5 % mobility in my neck. Over the years, my pain has decreased in frequency and intensity, but it is always there to some degree, and it radiates into my shoulders and upper back.

    I am a believer in the restorative potential that massage can promote. Unfortunately, with a demanding FT job, an almost 2-year-old and a husband who works two jobs, my self-care has fallen on the backburner. I am lucky if I have time to really do my hair! I try to take baths when time permits, as it seems to take some of the edge off.

    It really feels like my health went downhill after I had my daughter. I have tried to Google this phenomenon - if women's health takes a downslide after having a baby - to no avail. I had a horrible C-section and I think, too, that maybe that experience has caused my body to totally go haywire.
  7. jenni4736

    jenni4736 New Member

    Unfortunatly many people with FM started after childbirth and car accidents...anything tramatic on the body can set it off apparently. I don't know if you have FM but I suggest you trust that something isnt't right and you persue it hard with your doctors. Several people I know felt like they were going crazy because test after test a doctor would say "everything came back normal". Then they would see a Rheumy and get a firm diagnosis.

    Trust youself, no one knows your body better than you. If something doesn't feel right...stay on it until you get someone to listen. Good luck
    jenni
  8. kathyr

    kathyr New Member

    The fatigue, dizziness, and forgetfullness were the main symptoms that triggered my doctor to figure out the pain was FM. Also, I had frequent urination and gerd. Mine started with pleurisy. When the FM was the worse, I had this weird feeling that I weighed 500 pounds and I would fall through my bed or something. It was hard to explain. The pain felt like someone had popped me with a rubber band and the pain wouldn't go away. During my worst flare, I was so dizzy that I had to lean against the wall to make it to the bathroom. It was really scary. They say the only real test is the trigger point test. Has your doctor performed it?
  9. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    Dear Dammit (love the name), please stop worrying and start acting. Stress makes anything worse. Change your diet, yes, 5 - 6 cups of coffee is too much, and read my post called If You Want To Feel Better Read This. You sound very stressed to me but I don't know if it's all situational or if you're in a panic about your health; maybe both? Stress is terrible for us human beans (as my son used to say). Find simple things to relax you like a yoga class or walks or both. You're a new mother, have a full-time job and little help? No wonder your body's complaining!

    Do you still go to a chiropractor? This sounds so much like a misalignment problem. My chiro makes a lot of difference in my joint function.

    This is an older message so I hope you're doing much better by now.

    Marta
    [This Message was Edited on 06/25/2006]