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Is this fibromyalgia??

Hi everybody...I've been self diagnosing as feel ridiculous going to the doctors with various pains all over my body and feeling like an old lady instead of a forty year old. Can someone please tell me what I'm experiencing is fibromyalgia? Started after my one year old was born. Very fast natural birth, he was two weeks early and I was booked on for a section so not expecting what happened and did it with only gas and air so not sure if this added to my discomfort since then. I have an extremely painful right hip, painful left shoulder and back pain (baby is heavy though) constantly stiff when I stand up and painful feet till I get moving. I also suffer from a burning sensation in the middle of my back which spreads to the left. Trouble staying asleep also although that could also be the baby. Does any of this make sense? I've been given naproxen for my hip but it makes me feel spaced so not sure about taking it a lot. Thanks xxx

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We are not medical advisors that being said please check with your doctor. Mention you think it's Fibro and see what they say. Now that is out of the way. What you are describing could be a lot of things. Some may be related to you having a baby. Some could be neurological or joint related. Yes it could be Fibro . Because most of those fall into that category . Do you mind if I ask where you live? I live in Texas and many others live outside of uk. I am sure others will be along and help more too. All I can offer is a virtual hug so ((hugs))!


I live in the UK. My thinking was mainly due to the aches and pains being disjointed. Had an xray on my hip as arthritis runs in the family but it's not that. Should really go to the doctors, I know. Thanks for the hugs x


Hi there

Welcome to the forum :)

When you say you have been self diagnosing what exactly did you mean? Sorry I am a little confused on that one.

You don't say how long you have been having these symptoms?

If you take a look on our mother site you will find some more information which hopefully you will find useful

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome, which means that the condition is made up of different symptoms which vary from person to person.

Due to the fact that we all have different symptoms this means that it is extremely difficult to get a definitive diagnosis.

My personal advice to you would be to make an appointment to see your GP and ask for a referral to see a Rheumatologist. They are the Consultants who diagnose Fibro.

I think it is very important not to self diagnose yourself. Fibro mimics so many other conditions, which is why all of those conditions need to be ruled out before a Fibro diagnosis can be made.

Good luck with seeing your GP. Don't forget to let us know how you get on.

Wishing you calmness and peace

Lu xx



There are sooooo many things that your pain could be, that is why it is critical that you contact your doctor . It is usually a long process to be diagnosed with Fibro as symptoms mimic other disease . Key to Fibro is TRIGGER POINTS, if not familiar with this symptom, Google Fibromyalgia, it will give you websites to research, at least one will show you the body . It takes 1-2 years for a woman's body to "recover" from childbirth. Having a young child, you do a lot of lifting and bending, your pain may hopefully be just result of using muscles that you haven't used before . Use OTC pain creams and patches on those areas for relief and work with your primary doctor . Best Wishes !

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Hi Purpleang

Welcome to the forum and it is wonderful to make your acquaintance. I am so genuinely sorry to read that you are suffering and struggling in this way and I sincerely hope that you can find the answers that you are looking for.

As the others have said, we are not medically qualified to make a diagnosis, and I would definitely discuss what you are going through with your GP just to rule any other medical conditions out of the equation. I want to genuinely and sincerely wish you all the best of luck.

All my hopes and dreams for you



As others have already said we can not diagognise. My condition started when I was preganant and so that was blamed. When I went to GP as I collapsed walking up the highstreet was told I was not as young as I was. At the time I was 30.

Keep a diary and write down what you want to say, and ask for help, for your little one, if not for you as they need the best mum you can be.

Gentle hugs.


Sometimes a difficult birth can throw the thyroid function out, so perhaps ask your doctor to check your thyroid with a blood test. It should be a fasting test, and done as early in the morning as possible. I hope that isn't the case for you, but perhaps worth ruling it out. MariLiz


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