I now know I have had Fibromyalgia for the last two years as everything now makes sense. I initially went to my docs with extreme back and joint pain. She then referred me to a Rheumatologist who did his relevant tests, found nothing so referred me to an orthopaedic surgeon. He crossed off every other possible cause for my disabling pain which included me having steroid injections in my spine 8 months ago due to degeneration in 2 of my lower discs in my spine. The pain did subside a little but after going back to work properly in January this year the back pain has returned with a vengeance along with other debilitating symptoms.
I went back to see the orthopaedic surgeon 3 weeks ago as my all over body pain was worse than ever and after repeating all the tests again he mentioned (in passing) that he thought I could have FMS. I had never heard of this condition before so did what everyone does and googled it. The more I read, the more I knew he was right. But this was out of his area of expertise so he then referred me to a Pain Specialist. After an hour long appointment with him yesterday, I asked if in his opinion, he thought I had FMS? His reply was:
'You have a chronic pain condition. I personally think the test I am supposed to carry out where I prod you in 18 areas to see if you say Ouch! for 11 of them, seems a little vague but yes I suppose if you need a label, you do have Fibromyalgia. But do you really want a label?'
I don't know now............do I? Will it help other people in my life understand? What happens then with work once they know I have a chronic condition?
So many questions but the main one is.........have I actually been diagnosed? If not, would it help if I was?
I would really appreciate your help please?