Hi all, new here.
Not sure whether I have fibro or if I'm just shattered? Looking for reassurance/advice.
Outline of 'symptoms':
I've struggled with fatigue and feeling exhausted all the time for the last 6/7 years. I sometimes struggle getting to sleep, not always, but even 12+ hours of sleep doesn't leave me feeling any less tired or refreshed.
I've always suffered with anxiety, but for the same 6/7 years I have also had depression/eating disorder/SAD which are being treated with anti-depressants. I am in remission from my eating disorder now and have been for two years (as this was initially thought to be the cause of joint pain and lack of concentration).
I suffer with bad headaches around the same time of year every year (and have done for the last 2 years) but GPs have not come to any conclusions with this and it has not been investigated.
In terms of pain, my body constantly aches (especially knees, hips, back, shoulders) and if I do any activity out of the ordinary I get more exhausted. After a week at work (I am a teaching assistant), I find it difficult to do very much at the weekend as I am so tired. I get worse pains in these places at times which make it uncomfortable to do things like walking and sometimes even sitting. My wrists and hands are also painful if I use them much (I am a student so there is a lot of writing/typing).
I get pins and needles very easily in my feet and legs and get extremely restless and need to move to relieve stiffness when sitting down. I also constantly feel the need to stretch out my joints, especially in my back, shoulders and knees, but this rarely relieves discomfort for long.
I have a direct cousin with ME and multiple relatives with arthritis/joint problems. I have had blood tests to check for arthritis (which did not show anything), but other than that I have not pursued this any further with my GP because I was swept under the carpet when I mentioned joint pain and tiredness before.
I'm not sure how to approach this now, because it is affecting my ability to work and study the way I would like to. Going to work means am too tired to study much at all and things like socialising and spending time with family just don't happen.
Does this sound like fibro or not? And how do you approach this with a GP? Any advice or insight would be really useful.