Hi I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia this past July. What a crazy number of years I've had. Trying to explain to family that I'm not up to going out for dinner or other invitations when I know I'm not up to it is tough. I get these looks. Sometimes I feel like they actually don't believe me & what I'm going through. I'm from a huge family so it's tough. But I do feel that my oldest sister believes me with all of this Fibro & its symptoms. I had been fighting some rib pain on & off for 1.5 years. In June /15 it became debilitating. I'd already gave up my job some years ago because I was sick all the time. Pain everywhere but not like the rib pain. Anyway my sister thought it might be bone cancer & I thought so too. One dr at a walkin clinic sent me to emerge thinking it my be an embolism in my long. Anyway my reg dr finally after looking through my chart from years & years ago & doing the pain pressure point test diagnosed me with this awful Fibro. All the comments I get like eat 6 small meals, exercise, get out in the sun, see a therapist, etc etc. Anyway I'm living my life the way I see fit. I've been so sick for so long & now that I've finally been diagnosed I think I owe it to myself to live my life the way I want to. I make sure I pace myself big time, with regards to apps, housework, family visits or dinners. I have to. My husband seems to understand this. I'm fortunate that he seems to have a it of patience with me. Hey does anyone have these horrible waves of pain like excruciating pain? I get it a lot. It seems to be mostly my arms & my legs bit tonight it's in my left foot. So painful. My Amitriptyline helps with my terrible rib pain & insomnia but that's about it. I may have to increase Meds to 20 mg. did that once but I've gained 30 lbs so my dr said to try goi g back to 10 mg. So I'm sure many of us are faced with the decision between med for pain or living with the weight gain. Unfortunately the pain for me has to be the priority. Will work on the weight tho as well. Be happy & pain free everyone. Jen
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