I am 33 years old and I have suffered with fatigue, aches and pains for years. Every time I went to my G.P. (multiple and in different areas of the country), they just told me I was run down, depressed, had a post-viral syndrome, etc. Nearly three years ago I started with severe shoulder pain, all over my shoulders and back. I went to the G.P. and they told me to take diclofenac and paracetamol. I went to the G.P. for 6 months at the same practice and saw every partner and locum. They finally decided to send me to a Rheumatologist. In August 2010 I had my appointment where I had a blood test and and x-ray of my pelvis (despite reporting a problem in my shoulders!). When I returned for a follow-up after 12 weeks the registrar I saw diagnosed me with Bursitis in my shoulders and gave me steroid injections which didn't work. I told her that I had been having pain in my shoulders and wrists and she said that 'probably' it was carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow without doing further tests. The registrar referred me for physio. The physiotherapist noticed how weak my legs were and sent me back to see a Doctor. I saw yet another registrar and told him I was now experiencing wide-spread pain all over my body. He did the tender-point test and told me I had FMS. While I was awaiting a follow-up I attended an 8 week self-management course for FMS. I waited 4 months for a follow-up at the hospital. I spent around 10 minutes with yet another registrar. He re-checked my 'tender points' and confirmed the diagnosis of FMS. I told him that I have trouble lifting my legs (I have trouble with stairs, hills, etc) and he said that I should exercise to strengthen them. At that point I was attending a gym 2-3 times a week and swimming and had done so for 10 months prior. The registrar then said I was being discharged and I had to 'get on with it' on my own. I work full time for the Police as a PCSO and I walk 6-8 miles per day so this is a struggle as you can understand. I have not been supported at work thus far, I get no help whatsoever and I have even been given a formal warning regarding my performance. I am so depressed at work as no-body wants to know. I have to keep going so I can pay my bills but it is so difficult! I feel i am banging my head against a brick wall. I asked my G.P. to see another Rheumatologist but he won't see my point of view. I take 22 tablets a day for pain and that can't be good for my long-term health. I joined this site in the hope of picking up tips from the community. Thanks for reading.
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