Need Help

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by MissCates, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. MissCates

    MissCates New Member

    Hello, I need help to start somewhere. Im thirty-two and have had severe fatigue most of my life. Now in the last fews years since I have had kids- I have severe body pain all the time. My hands are the worst, elbows too. I also have a ovarian cyst that keeps me VERY irregular all the time. I live in a small town and Iam a stay at home mom, so a specialist for fibromyalsia isnt really an option. I though I could just deal with it, but now it's getting worse fast, my quality of life is going down hill quick. Im not sure where to turn or even if there is anything to help

    Thank you
    God Bless
  2. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    You really must see a Rheumatologist at least once to get properly diagnosed. If your hands and elbows are the worst, it may be Rheumatoid Arthritis, not Fibromyalgia. You need to get some kind of treatment for whatever it is, and it needs to be the right treatment!
    Please get some kind of doctor to do an RA Titer blood test to rule out Rheumatoid Arhtritis. You should also have a thyroid panel and basic blood work to rule out other causes of fatigue and pain.
    You can search in the previous posts at the top of the page to look up what hormonal problems can do to cause this sort of illness. With your ovarian cyst problem, you may have estrogen dominance, which can cause illness.
    I would also suggest the websites of Dr. John Lee and Dr. Russell Roby for info on how hormones can cause illnesses.
    There may be a good doctor closer to you than you realize, depending upon where you live. Call Fibromyalgia Network at 1-800-853-2929 for a list of doctors in your area who know how to treat FMS.

  3. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hi Miss Cates, glad to have you join us. It seems Klutzo has covered about all the bases for you, very smart lady and I would take her advice if I were you.

    Your problems could be caused from a lot of different things, and not FM at all. Which would be wonderful as there is no cure for FM.

    Again, welcome to the board, and I hope you find a doctor soon so that you can get a correct diagnoses.

    Shalom, Shirl
  4. loopyloo

    loopyloo New Member

    Welcome to the board i think you must get a diagnoses from your doctor as you could be treating the wrong thing
    let us know how you get on and welcome again
    from Loopyloo xx
  5. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I'm glad you found us. This is such a wonderful place for info. We have some very informed members and a library full of articles. I would suggest you approach you family doc and find out whether he or she is open to helping you. If not, it's worth it to find a good doc who can help you with this.

    If your doc is willing, like mine, just find good articles and print them out for the doc. Try different things for your symptoms. If pain is a problem, get something for it. If sleep is a problem, get some help with that. The learning curve is HUGE in the beginning. It's easy to feel overwhelmed, but you will soon be on top of it.

    Good luck and keep us updated.

    Love, Mikie