I did a search the other day for "fatigue, joint pains and headaches" and guess what came up.
I've been struggling particularly with fatigue (not your every day feeling tired but bone weary despite plenty of sleep) and a bad bout of dizziness (which lasted 12 months or more but has thankfully passed) as well as very sore hips and other painful joints, a bad back and a daily headache. I am also really stiff and uncomfortable in the mornings even after relatively light exercise
When I was really dizzy, I have had MRI scans and some nasty thing stuffed up my nose and more blood taken than you would see in a Hammer House of Horror's movie. Nothing at all showed up and the diagnosis was anxiety.
I have suffered all my life with anxiety and depression and been on medication for best part of 15 years. So if I say to the doctor I am just not feeling right - something is wrong - I'm 50 years of age and shuffling around like an old man despite being active and reasonably fit - then I know the doctor simply dismisses what I am saying as a symptom of the depression.
I was convinced that the blood tests and MRI would show something as I was convinced something was wrong beyond the depression and anxiety. Although I know that many of my symptoms could be a result of depression and anxiety and medication (I am not dismissing them out of hand) having lived with those conditions for so many years I am not convinced it is that.
Perhaps I am clutching at straws, I don't know, and making the mistake of trying to self diagnose without proper experience or knowledge.
Anyway, could I be on to something with FMA and if so, how on earth could I find out? Given that I probably need to eat healthier food, take more excise, reduce my stress and anxiety levels and generally take things a bit easier (I am a workaholic to be fair), does a diagnosis actually matter. Am I just better doing all those other things anyway and seeing if there is an improvement. Answer sounds obvious when I put it like that
Anyway, thanks for reading and any help or guidance would be really appreciated.
p.s. I am not a serial hypochondriac I promise!