Hi all, can I ask about symptoms as I'm worried about the progress of mine?
I have chronic pain and weakness in my right shoulder and arm, and have lost some control of my hand. The hand and wrist ache and I often drop things and holding a pen can be a nightmare. Fine movement is hit and miss as the control fluctuates. My back and hips hurt down the right side and this is all worse if I manage to sleep. It's progressed up my neck to the right side of my face which is numb sometimes, painful others.
My ankles ache and I have a large welt in my right heel, pressure area which has been treated by the chiropodist unsuccessfully.
I've urinary frequency and urgency, and can no longer digest meat as it causes great discomfort like irritable bowel. I no longer have a flat stomach which is not inline with my small size 10 frame. I've been tested for diabetes and I'm fine.
Fatigue and confusion rein which can make me irritable, especially as I work 12 hour shifts and documentation is a vital part of my work. Work itself is becoming a problem as I struggle with inflammation and getting joints to move.
I ask because I feel dismissed by the Rhumatologist who told me "it's JUST fibromyalgia, I'll set a prescription to your GP" she went on asking about social/ life problems, to which I told her I am very happy in my relationship and have wonderful children and grandchildren. I don't have money worries and I love my job, which I want to continue. I don't drink as it effects me quickly then I'm sick so I don't bother, and I eat a good balanced diet and I like a clean tidy house so I'm always on the go and love it. I'm no couch potato. She discharged me to my GP saying "ignore it and get on with life"
The problem is that the symptoms are making that difficult as I struggle to get on with the things I want to do, or pay for it the next day when The pain and stiffness increases!
Does this sound like others symptoms? I sometimes worry that the rude Rhumatologist just wanted me out of her office and was not listening. Symptoms have become chronic and I'm worried which joint will seize next.
Thanks for reading, Jan x