Hi, my name is Liane and I'm a mum of 4 living in Blackpool.
When I look back, I've had the symptoms coming for a good few years, especially in my neck,shoulders and upper arms. I'm a nurse and just put the pain and poor sleep down to my physically and emotionally demanding job.
In September last year, I fell at work on a wet floor and hurt my knee and hip. Then I got back pain. The pain I've developed since then is pretty much neck down and is especially bad in my hip, thighs, shoulders and more recently my hands. When I get up, I feel as if I've got someone else's skin on that is two sizes too small and my wedding ring is stuck to my finger till I've been up for a couple of hours.
I was seeing a consultant since my accident but was feeling more and more like he was getting fed up with me as it seemed to me his opinion was I should have recovered long since!!
It was only when I saw him on a day when he had a GP assisting him that she asked me a couple of questions about sleep, mood and did I feel "generally bleurgh!!" all the time that they thought there may be more to it. I don't know who she is but I'm very grateful to her. I saw a rheumatologist two weeks ago and in the space of (an almost naked!) 30 minutes I had a diagnosis and came away feeling less like a hypochondriac and more like someone who was believed.
Unfortunately I also suffer with generalised anxiety disorder and am already on Citalopram. I'm hoping that a combination of increased dose, CBT and specialist physio will help as I've been off work for two months and it's very isolating (somebody please tell me it will!!)
I've read a lot of blogs and forum comments and it's good to know I'm not alone, not exaggerating and that there are people out there who won't mind me being honest if they ask me how I am !!