Introduction - 1st time post

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by XKathiX, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. XKathiX

    XKathiX New Member

    Hi there,

    My name is Kathi and I'm 40 years old. I have not gone to a specialist yet. I went to my primary care physician a few weeks ago because my hands were starting to hurt. I have had widespread muscle pain in my legs for a couple of years but I keep putting that down to the fact that I had a knee replaced a year and a half ago (I keep thinking I have knee pain, but when I really think about it, my legs hurt from the hips down).

    Anyhow, I helped a friend pack to move the end of August and my hands started to hurt - worse in the morning. I though it was from helping her pack but then it continued. From the few days lapse between making the appointment with my primary to actually seeing her, my arms and upper back flared up. After seeing her my buttocks got pretty bad.

    She tested me for lupus, lymes, and an ANA test to look for any other auto-immune disorders. She also tested my sed. rate and had me go for an xray of my hand. I got a note back that said "Everything normal". That should be good but I was hoping it would show something. She said she felt it was Fibromyalgia but that it does not come on suddenly. She also said to wait a month and if it doesn't improve, she referred me to a Rheumatologist.

    In thinking about it now, I don't think it came on suddenly. I think I've just been living with it. I also was taking pain pills so I think that masked some of it. But, I also just ended a 10 year relationship so I've been telling myself it's all in my head. But then I think it's not because my sleep is terrible because I wake up in pain all night (I'm already taking antidepressents and sleeping meds). Now my concentration is being affected and I'm struggling in daily activities.

    Could this really be all depression??? I want to make sure I give the specialist all the right information. Any suggestions about what I should prepare myself with before I see him? I was going to write a list of symptoms but I'm afraid I'll come off as a hypocondriac.

    I appreciate any and all input.

    -Kathi
  2. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    Hi Kathi,
    Nice to meet you; I'm a Kathy too. Most of us have been where you are and we know that it is hard to sort things out in the beginning. Your symptoms do sound a lot like Fibro but you will need a diagnosis, of course.
    Stress often triggers a flare and you mention you have just ended a 10 yr. relationship. That might be enough.

    Sorting out the depression vs Fibro issue is an ongoing debate. A lot of us have been told it's depression but in most cases it is not. There is lots of research on this. With your history of pain, sleep disorder and recent stress, in my opinion, Fibro is more likely.That being said, antidepressants can help Fibro symptoms and many of us are on some type of AD.

    I would suggest reading all you can here and elsewhere and ask as many questions as you want. Keep a diary for the Doctor about what triggers your pain and how bad the pain is on a 1-10 scale. Pay attention to food triggers, activity and stresses. Pay attention to how much sleep you are getting. List any other symptoms you have.

    I have rambled on enough here but I hope this has been some help. Let us know how you are doing.

    Kathy.
  3. 1horse

    1horse New Member

    Hi kathy,
    welcome. Sounds like fibro to me but of course your dr. will have to determind that.fibro and depression go hand in hand,and stress can cause flare ups.( I call them episodes)lots of great people here and keep on putting in messages. ~Hugs~ peggy
  4. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    Glad you're here, but not glad you're ill. Please keep posting so we can get to know you. I'm sure you will have lots to add and we have lots, also. What a combo, huh?

    Sue
  5. katbird7

    katbird7 New Member

    I am Kathi too spelled with an "i" on the end-don't find too many of us spelled that way. It sounds like fibro to me also. I know I had it for years before I finally had it diagnosed. I'm 48 now. I can think back to even my early 20's or teens of some of the symptons I had. Don't let the doc tell you it's depression. I don't think depression has widespread pain. If I'm wrong someone correct me. Keep us informed about your diagnosis and condition. Prayers and love, Kat
  6. XKathiX

    XKathiX New Member

    Hi-

    I want to thank everyone for their great input - especially Naturebaby. I will definately begin a pain/medication log to bring to the doc. I live in the Northeast and we just got over the 9 straight days of rain, so I thought I would feel better with the sunshine - it helped a bit but not much.

    Waiting for the rheumatologist to call with an appointment - in the meantime I'll try to catch up on sleep!!
  7. lovethesun

    lovethesun New Member

    In major fog but wanted to say hii