I came across Fibromyalgia as my wife wife was give it as a possible diagnosis for her muscle/joint pains which had previously been ascribed to a side effect of the PTU she takes for her thyroid problems.
However on reading about it I realize I have many of the symptoms too, though some them could be down to other things. I thought I'd try asking here for people's opinions before I go see my doctor and convince him I'm a hypochondriac.
Let me tell you a little about myself- I'm male, 60+ and have suffered from type 2 diabetes for many years. Had good control, but last year or so been much worse. Better now, but not perfect. I also have an erratic thyroid ( it has nodules, and my thyroid hormones are sometimes normal, often low but occasionally high) I also suffer badly from allergies - though this seems to change from year to year.
My symptoms - I've started getting muscle pains for no apparent reason - often in the morning . My joints in my hand keep swelling and getting sore - this has been put down to gout. Also sometimes get tingling sensations in my fingers. Knee joints often bad too, shoulders stiff more than sore, limited movement in them.
Often come down with a mental fog - this has been put down to low t3/t4 and or high bs, but is bad as I'm self employed and need to use my brain in my work. Often have headaches and stiff neck. Also often very tired for no reason.
My sleep is messed up - some nights I only sleep a few hours, others 12 hours plus, though this is often interrupted sleep as I often need go toilet urgently in night.
Alternating constipation/diarrhea - again this has been put down to fluctuating thyroid levels. I seem to have developed some food allergies last few years, for instance Indian food often makes my nose run then gives me diarrhea a few hours later, but other times is fine. Much gas and rumbling tum, but this could be down to the Metformin I take.
What I don't seem to have is the sensitivity to pressure which seems to be a defining point for Fibromyalgia.
So how probable is it I have Fibromyalgia - or is it all because of other things?