It’s been almost a year since my last post here. I was posting a bit of the health stuff on my other blog but have decided to come back here and leave that blog on its original focus.
Since that last post many things have happen, to much to contain here in one post. So I may jump around a bit doing catch up posts on what has happened and other posts about what is going on now. I will try not to be so much doom and gloom as I have been in the past. I’ll try doing some more positive posts, information I have found and some about other things beyond the health. More like a diary 🙂 Think I’ll also be sprucing the site up a bit. This drab, plain white theme gets me down.
The latest Diagnoses
As I posted on my other blog back in March my fatigue was reaching new levels. Along with arms, legs and shoulders being so sore for no reason and various pains, numbness and tingling. It was becoming to much so I went back in to the doctors and had some more blood tests done. They showed a positive ANA test again and some inflammation so he decided to send me to a rheumatologist. So after a couple more exams and more blood test (I swear the lab guy and I are on a first name basis now) the diagnoses is Fibromyalgia.
Even now a few months later I find myself in denial at times. I mean only one in ten with fibromyalgia are men, I can’t be that one can I? The more I read about it it does explain a lot of things, even the anxiety I have had over the past several years. So for now I’m accepting it and going along with the treatments being prescribed, and we have tried a few the past few months (I’ll go into those in another post). Some of it is the evil pharmaceuticals but I’m also trying supplements and of course exercise.
What is Fibromyalgia?
In a nutshell it is overall body pain and fatigue. Rather than me trying to explain it here is what it says on WebWD:
Fibromyalgia causes you to ache all over. You may have symptoms of crippling fatigue — even on arising. Specific tender points on the body may be painful to touch. You may experience swelling, disturbances in deep-level or restful sleep, and mood disturbances or depression.
Your muscles may feel like they have been overworked or pulled. They’ll feel that way even without exercise or another cause. Sometimes, your muscles twitch, burn, or have deep stabbing pain.
Some patients with fibromyalgia have pain and achiness around the joints in the neck, shoulder, back, and hips. This makes it difficult for them to sleep or exercise. Other fibromyalgia symptoms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Chronic headaches
- Dryness in mouth, nose, and eyes
- Hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat
- Inability to concentrate (called “fibro fog”)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet
There are many other symptoms that can be associated with fibromyalgia as well but these are some of the top ones. Fun thing is that it effects different people in different ways, as well as men different than women. It can also overlap symptoms with other conditions so diagnoses can take awhile while you eliminate others.
Bottom line is if I do have fibro it can explain a lot of things that have been happening and it is nice to finally have an answer after about 8 or so years of doctor visits and going through this crap. Now its time to work through and manage it and improve my life a bit.
Thats it for now. I’ll catch you up on some of the treatments in the next post.