Hi just looking for some advice/reassurance.
Here’s a brief history/symptoms:
I have a paternal aunt and great grandmother with fibromyalgia.
My biggest pain which has been going on now for months has been sore/tender ribs to touch. Mainly right side. Bottom of ribs, going round to side and back. Feels like something is stuck underneath rib cage. Nothing relieves the sensation. I do have a gallbladder polyp but consultant says shouldn’t be causing me problems as so small. Could this be Fibromyalgia?
I have alway had problems with painful periods and intercourse and was treated for endometriosis. I had my son through IVF. We had a traumatic birth resulting in Emergency Caesarean and a premature baby with time in NCIU. Could this have been a Fibromyalgia trigger as pain has only been worse since with new symptoms.
I get regular headaches (squeezing pain on scalp sometimes) otherwise front and back of head and neck. I get itchy eyes, ears and scalp occasionally. Sometimes crawly sensation in lower arms and legs.
I’m always tired. Sometimes sleep is easy and I find I just want to sleep all the time but never feel refreshed. Other times I can’t sleep at all.
I have had tingly feet and hands and also a weird burning feeling in my right thigh. Felt more to be surface of skin rather than deep feeling.
I have trouble passing stools. I have started to take laxatives as I thought maybe my rib pain could be due to constipation . Turns out even with laxatives my rib pain is still there and I still find it hard to go to the toilet. I sometimes feel nauseous too.
I have constant aching and tender shoulders, base of head, back of neck and upper back. Sometimes my arms ache when reaching up or stretching out.
My GP has referred me to a Rheumatologist but I have a wait of over 6 months!! In the mean time he has prescribed Amitriptyline which I am yet to take. I’ve had bad reactions to pain killers in the past so am nervous about taking them being a single mum with a toddler incase I react.
I have anxiety relating to trusting doctors as I feel like I have never been ‘cured’ or pain free as nothing seems to work. They have said that all my pain is due to anxiety. Even though when I was on antidepressants I still had pain! I can’t get them to understand that the reason I am anxious and depressed is because I’m in real pain all the time!!!
They have sent me for blood tests, scans, X-rays which have all come back clear. I’m worried they are missing something more sinister as they are reluctant to repeat these tests, even though they were done months ago! My pain is only getting worse!
All I am asking for is a bit of reassurance that I’m not seriously ill. I would like them to say you have ‘this’ (whatever it may be) and I could deal with the pain and outcome! I can’t continue to not know!!!
Do my symptoms and feelings seem relative to fibromyalgia? I never know what website to read or what to believe!
Any help, reassurance/advice will be greatly appreciated