Not sure if I have Fm yet?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by emereth, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. emereth

    emereth New Member

    Hi I am new to this site. I am a 32 yr. old mother of 3 and married for 11 years. There are days when my whole body from my neck down hurts. My legs are sore alot and it even hurts to shave my legs! The soreness can last for a few days. When I wake up in the morning I literally feel like I'm 100. I can barely move. My husband doesn't understand how I can be so sore. My mother has FM and it took many years for the right DR. to finally diagnose her. I also have an Aunt (her sister)who has it and it's believed that my deceased grandmother might have had it. I have an appointment to see a Rheumitoligist.
    I just can't understand how I can be so sore at a young age. Is it normal to have this condition this young?
    What kinds of questions should I ask the Dr. when I see him?
    any advice will be greatly appreciated.
  2. Crispangel66

    Crispangel66 New Member

    have fms. Yes it is possible for someone your age to have fms, I was 28 when I got diagnosed. There are even teenagers with fms. And unfortunatly some children develope it.

    How old are your children if your don't mind me asking? It is hard for me to deal with my son who is 12yrs old with having fms, but he is also mentally handicapped. He also has epilepsy. I know I have often wondered if he has fms.

    My niece who is 18yrs old has had it for a few years but she is still in denial. Then my niece's sister who died in a house fire had fms too. Their mother, my sister-in-law has it too and her mother has it.

    My mother had it but she was never diagnosed, she died of cancer about 8yrs ago.

    I was wondering if you are going to the same dr that diagnosed your mom, it would be a good idea if that were possible.

    I can't hink right now of any good questions to ask the dr.

    I just hope you find a good dr, Pamela
  3. Hope4Sofia

    Hope4Sofia New Member

    Your description sounds familiar. Yes, you can have FM at 32. I just turned 33 and I have 3 kiddos as well. I was 18 when I started my tour of docs to find out what was wrong with me.

    It is also very strong in my family (which I just found out as they have been somewhat estranged since I was a child). With us the one symptom which every one of us shares is hypoglycemia. I think it is a major player in my situation. It is quite common in FM.

    Good luck with your rheumy. I hope you can get some answers and good treatment plan.

    Sofi
  4. musikmaker

    musikmaker New Member

    Have you looked up the pain point chart? You can find it on the internet. If you have several of these pain points you most likely have Fibro. If you do a search up in the left hand corner of this board you can find a lot of discussion on symptoms that can help you when you see your doctor. I am 53 and I am one of those that has been dealing with this at different degrees since I was a child. I wasn't actually diagnoised until I was 51.
  5. emereth

    emereth New Member

    My children are 6, 8 and 10. They can be hard to deal with when I'm not feeling well, but for the most they know I hurt so they will go play in their room or even lay on the couch with me.
    I'm not sure if the Dr. I'm seeing is the one who actually diagnosed my mother but he is the one she sees.
    She has told me some about the condition like what the Dr. gives her for her pain. But I'm already on 1 med. for anxiety and I have a hard time mixing meds. it makes me dizzy. I tend to take a very hot shower to ease the pain and use a heating pad. I work in food service and tend to be on my feet all day and sometimes I actually have to squat down to kind of stretch my legs that helps alittle. I also heard of tia chi(SP?)
    My regular dr. tested me for alot of other things including rheumitiod arthritis and they all came back normal. He himself believes it is FM but he said I would have to go to a specialist.
  6. emereth

    emereth New Member

    I have looked up info. on Fm and it says to be diagnosed you have to have atleast 11 of the 18 points. I have more than 11 of them.
  7. musikmaker

    musikmaker New Member

    You most likely do have fibro. Read, learn and figure out which methods of dealing with this beast work for you. Good luck.
  8. sisland

    sisland New Member

    Hi

    just wanted to stop by and say that i believe it does run in families!! ihave it and my sister has it but is in denial !! also 2 first cousins that are in their late thirties have it!......................................................i believe i started getting it in the winter of 89 when i was going through some major changes in my life and was also working outside in a manual labor job! so that put me in my middle 30's it's very possible that you do have it. just write down all the questions you can think of to ask your D.r and take them with you to the appointment!...............God bless you sisland
  9. cathugs

    cathugs New Member

    I believe you have fibro also. TRY TO FIND A GOOD RHEUMY.
    Most of them have more knowledge of the pain than a
    pcp.
    I am so sorry you have this mess. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. (Well maybe one or two.LOL)
    Sending hugs. Ruth
  10. willruthie1965

    willruthie1965 New Member

    It sounds lIke it too me, Ruthie
  11. JewelRA

    JewelRA New Member

    I am new here too, and I just posted a post yesterday that sounds almost like yours! :) I am not diagnosed as FM yet, but my mom has it and my deceased grandmother had it. I am diagnosed with JRA since I was 4 years old. I am 34 years old. I have pretty much all the same symptoms as you. It sounds like you could definitely have it. Glad you have an appointment with a rheumy so you can get some help.

    Julie
  12. jvrealty

    jvrealty New Member

    Hi
    saw your question and had to respond.....please go to website for fibro....National Fibromyalgia Partnership...www.fmpartnership.org....
    They have a good article on this topic and how to select a good doctor...
    Title of article "Fibromyalagia, the physician's curse....criteria for a good fibro doctor....

    hope this helps...

    also, beware of your pain areas so that you can explain them to the doctor. as the others have said, there are 18 tenderpoints...please look them up so that you will know what the doctor is doing during the examination...this is VERY important.

    blessings......

    jv
  13. emereth

    emereth New Member

    I just want to thank all who replied to my post. I'm hoping to get to see the Rheumatoligist soon.
    After reading some of these post I think I have all the right questions to ask him.
    Thank you!