Hello everyone, 8 months ago I started having body aches. Went to my MD, he did blood work but all was fine. As time when on the body aches got worse. 4 months ago the body aches were so bad that I had to ask for pained medication. I then went to a Rheumatologists who also took blood and my results were normal. I then went to a Neurologist who took more blood and did an EMG and that came back normal. His final report was that I have Myalgia but he did not say it was Fibromyalgia. He put me on Lyrica which seems to be helping. It has brought my body aches down from severe to tolerable. But at times, I still have to take a pain pill. So at this point I have no definite diagnoses. He did find that I was low on vitamin D so I’m now taking a high dose of a prescription vitamin D as well.
My question is how does a doctor determine a person has Fibromyalgia? My symptoms are body aches, fatigue, I sleep a lot, and I’m sure I’m somewhat depressed. Are these the typical symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
The reason I ask is because I can no longer work and can’t get unemployment so I’m filing for disability which I know takes a long time to get approved. I think it would help if I has a specific diagnosis. Since I have no money coming in, I have to sell my house. When that money runs out what do I do then? Are there government programs that I can apply for? I’m male and 53 years old.