Hey, I'm Jen, 24 from the UK. I am currently awaiting my referal appointment to rheumatology in the hope of a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. I have been suffering for 6 years undiagnosed. Repeated trips to the GPs for tiredness and chronic migraines. Have had every blood test under the sun, repeated countless times. Have had physio for varying pains along with an MRI. Depression and anti-depressants and extensive counselling. I'm hoping that this is the last step before a diagnosis.
I'm hoping to gain support and learn management techniques in order to build my confidence up and allow me to return to my very active job. I am a paramedic and am currently struggling to manage at work. I love my job but am currently on alternate duties, hoping once a diagnosis has been made and a management plan put in place I can return to fulltime frontline work. My fear is I will have to cut down to parttime which I really don't want to do.
I am not currently on any medication. I manage my pain with paracetamol and ibruprofen, heat packs and sleep. Working shifts it is difficult to get into a sleep routine but I am trying my best. I have recently started going to the gym and taken up swimming in the hope I can build up my tolerance and that the exercise will strengthen me and give me more energy.
If anyone has any tips or suggestions of improvements I can make to my lifestyle or advice of any management techniques I would greatly appreciate these.
Many thanks and heres to a pain free day and a good nights sleep!!