I have a doctors appointment in early April to describe something that others have told me could be linked to Fibromyalgia. I have since read the NHS pages about it and I have to admit, I can relate to most of the symptoms.
To give you a little information. I'm female, almost 30 and my health has been degrading over the last few years. I have PCOS, anxiety, depression, disc degeneration on L3/L4 and I also have IBS.
What I wanted to ask here was whether your experiences are similar to mine. I'm really scared to go to the doctors with yet another medical issue. They aren't the best at paying attention. It took them 2 years to diagnose IBS and a lot longer than that to officially diagnose PCOS. I don't have a lot of faith in them. I want to go and suggest that I may potentially have Fibromyalgia but, I obviously don't know myself but if I can skip the months of ruling out other things first that would be good.
So, if I explain what I have regularly going on, would you be able to let me know if it sounds similar at all please?
So, as I said I have IBS. I am absolutely exhausted all the time yet I really struggle to sleep. I need to be almost catatonic before I can actually get to sleep and even then, I wake up several times throughout the night. I still feel like my body is tired though, even when I have slept. I get headaches all the time. This is exactly new for me as I've had them since I was little but the frequency has certainly changed to the point that I have a headache more days than not. This part could be related to my back but I don't know. I get hip pain when I'm walking like it ceases up. My legs in general get very restless and often times, I feel a constant need to stretch my entire body. I also have felt hot for the last five years. I very rarely feel cold. I have slept with a fan on every single night since summer 2013. I just don't seem to have a normal temperature gauge anymore.
The last two are the symptoms that have worried me the most. Firstly, I've noticed on my upper body that if someone pokes me or my dog jumps up and his claws brush against me, even though it doesn't hurt anyone else he does it to, it really hurts me. It doesn't start immediately, it's after a few seconds, I feel the pain get worse and worse to the point where I can scream. It only last a few minutes at the most but it seems like my skin is having an extra painful reaction to something that shouldn't be painful at all. This has been going on for quite some time but with all my other health issues, it was just never a priority to tell the Doctor about. The second worrying symptom has been my mind and my memory. I feel like I've lost the ability to learn. That's the best way I can describe it. It feels like my brain can't learn things that it used to find easy. I've had a lot of short term jobs because when I'm trying to learn the jobs, I get confused and I really can't focus enough to get my head around what I'm meant to be doing. I never told anyone because it sounds silly or that I'm just being lazy. I pay so much attention and I write everything down but sometimes it's like I can't even make sense of what is in front of me.
So with all of that said. I'm not asking people to diagnose me but if you all said that this actually doesn't sounds like Fibromyalgia then at least I could maybe put my mind at rest. One of my Mum's friends told me about it when I mentioned the pain thing on my upper body, without even hearing any of the rest. So, I guess I'm hoping she was just stretching.
Any advice or help would be so greatly appreciated, I'm genuinely scared either way. But to rule at least one thing out would be good.