I was diagnosed last year. I was having multiple issues all pain related. I had changed my diet to be gluten free and organic. Still had issues. I was having chronic migraines. So I had an MRI, CT, X-Rays and Spinal Tap done. We went through an entire process of elimination. But all signs were pointing to Fibro. It does run in my family.
I can't remember what the exact test was, but my gyno had done blood work for a different issue and it came back with levels that would show in someone with Fibro.
Anyway it irritates the heck out of me when people say "its just what they diagnose you with because there is nothing else they can find". I have the depression issues, I have the pain issues, the migraines, the IBS and many other issues that line up with Fibro.
I wake up every single morning in pain. Some days worse then others. However I have found that working out and keeping active really help. Riding actually has helped as well. And oddly enough my equitation improved because I had to build those support muscles and riding incorrectly is painful.
I am on 150mg of Elavil (amitriptyline) and it has helped with my pain and sleeping. The downfall of it is, I am ALWAYS tired. But I beat it by keeping active. I don't drink a lot of caffeine, I avoid processed foods and keep a regular schedule.
I am still over weight, and it is an uphill battle as I am on a few other medications for my depression and every single one has a side effect of weight gain.
Anyway it is manageable. My cousin, two aunts, mother in law and hubbys cousin and aunt have it. Hubbys cousin recommended a heated mattress cover. It really helps with those aches and pains and helps me wake up with minimal pain. As well as a water pillow has helped with the neck pain. We all use the mattress pad and water pillow n ow and we all have noticed a difference.
(sorry if this post is a bit hard to follow, I am trying to do a few other things as well and keep getting distracted and losing my thought process lol)
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Last edited by NBEventer; 10-27-2012 at 12:51 PM.