Body pain

Does anyone here experience nagging pain in their arms and legs? I just realized recently that I think I have fibromyalgia. I have a constant nagging pain especially around my knees. 20 years ago I had to quit doing nails because the pain in my hands and wrists was so intense. all these years I've always had pain, even more now, up to shoulders and hips. I notice my depression med is also for fibromyalgia. I don't know how much it helps but I can deal with it. I went to doctor recently but didn't mention the pain because that's the least of my symptoms that bother me.

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  • Hi,

    I don't know about enough to say but there's a chance that it could be Fibro. However, it's important not to jump to conclusions and to rule out other possible underlying causes before they can make an accurate diagnosis. Definitely go and see your GP and find out what's going on because you need treatment and support. Fibromyalgia does tend to get worse without intervention.

    Explain the pain you've been experiencing (but I wouldn't advise putting a name to it otherwise they might think you've been researching it on the internet, doctors dislike it when their patients make the diagnosis). It might also be good to keep track of other bothersome symptoms. They will probably take a blood test. Once they've ruled out any other conditions, they will do a physical examination which involves a trigger point test where the doctor will press the most sensitive parts of the body - people with Fibro are said to experience pain here when pressure is exerted, compared to people without it (who would experience little or no pain). It shouldn't last any longer than about 5 minutes and doctors are usually gentle to begin with, so don't worry about it.

    Fibro occurs in varying degrees and affects different people in many different ways. But even at it's most severe it can be managed. It's important to find things that work for you as one size definitely does not fit all.

    Hope this helps :)

  • BTW when I say it tends to get worse without intervention, I don't mean for it to come across as degenerative - there's no evidence to suggest that it's the case. I just mean, living in that much pain is not sustainable for long periods of time, and would unsurprisingly cause stress. Stress exacerbates the symptoms so they become continually harder to cope with. I hope this makes sense. I don't want to upset you.

  • Thanks, I do appreciate your advice, and it makes sense. I will go to my doctor and discuss my issues with her and go from there. You've been a great help in helping me find which direction I should go to next.

    Thank you and be well yourself!

  • No problem :) glad to help xx

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