Fibromyalgia Action UK
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Just like to say hi,

To all on here, I was finally diagnosed with Fibro about two months ago.

This happened after coming across this site, and reading about the condition on here, ime 58 now and have been suffering mental and physical problem's all my life.

I had a horrendous time at school, and lost countless jobs for having time off, I began to drink more and more, to numb my feeling's, my family life began to suffer, I had come to the point where I could not physically go outside anymore.

My wife called the doctor, as before I had kept refusing, as I was terrified of them, after doing various tests, he told my wife my liver was showing sign's of damage, so had to stop, from that day till now, I've been in put on various meds for what was still thought to be just a mental health issue, then last year after more MRI tests, my new doctor said he wanted to try prgablin as well as my other meds, I later found some relief from the severity of my pain onset.

Witch brings me to now, reading on here, and with the help of my new meds, I am learning to live with it, instead of fighting against it.

A lot of wasted years being in pain frightened and confused..........

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Welcome to the forum I am so glad that you found us. I am sorry to hear that you had such a horrendous journey before finding out what was wrong. I know alot of us here when we are finally diagnosed look back and realise that in fact we had certain fibro symptoms from quite an early age. I can remember Mom thinking I didn't want to go to school and was just pretending that the calves of my legs were aching all the time. Some other things like having IBS and eyesight that seemed to change from one day to the next just seems to click into place.

I found that Pregablin was a literal lifesaver as the pain went from really unbearable to just about tolerable which was a big step. Unfortunately, I cannot take the full dose as it makes me a bit Zomby like so it is a balance between pain relief and leadings a more normal life but again I think alot of us are having to make that decision.

I can understand with the drink problem as in the end you can get really desperate not knowing what is wrong and you have done really well stopping drinking and should feel really proud of yourself.

Do come on whenever you can and join in our discussions and let us know how you are doing.x


Welcome to the forum and it is wonderful to make your acquaintance. I sincerely hope that you find the forum useful, informative and loads of fun! I am so genuinely sorry to read that you have Fibro and I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck.

All my hopes and dreams for you



Hi to you too!

Your story is so much like those of many of us here. Sounds like you have a very sympathetic doctor. :-)

I'm sorry you have fibro, but glad you and your family have a better understanding now.


Hi welcome,

This is a lovely supportive site, sorry to hear you've had such a hard time but well done on not drinking, that's great.

There's always someone who will answer on here and I've found everyone willing to celebrate good days and an understanding reply on the not so good days.

I was diagnosed in January, like a lot of Fibro people IT took years to piece together and through this site I find myself gaining a better understanding and a lot of useful tips.

all the best Annita 😃


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