Let me apologize firstly if I go off subject and start waffling- this is very new to me . Short history of me: - I am 53 and have not worked for 20 years due to mental health problems (borderline personality disorder, psychosis, clinical depression +other minor disorders).I also suffer from sciatica due to a fall where I cracked and chipped a vertebrae, as well as asthma, gall stones (which I have refused surgery), ulcer and carpel tunnel syndrome (where I did allow them to operate earlier this year and they messed it up imperially). So when I started to get severe and chronic pain which started in my knee's and has now spread to every joint in my body I am sure you can imagine the reaction I got from the medical profession!!! Thankfully I now do have a great GP (but for how long is anyone's guess as she was a locum covering maternity but is staying on for the time being). She sent me t the physio therapist for a full assessment and it came back with early stage arthritis and fibro?? My Dr was great though, she did the recommended pokes and prods and agreed that it could be and probably was fibro, and then referred me to a rheumatologist, who of which I see tomorrow and I am absolutely terrified!!!! Because I smoke, am overweight (due in part to the psychiatric meds) and am a loon, all I get normally is: quit smoking, lose weight and get a life!!!!!
I don't lie in bed all day expecting someone to look after me, I have to keep moving as for the past 2 years I have had to look after my 85 year old mother who has become very frail and prone to falls. Also I live alone so there is no one to 'wait on me hand and foot' which has been mooted in the past.
I didn't know much about fibro and didn't research it thoroughly deliberately as I didn't want anything to cloud my symptoms before my hospital appointment, this is not because I feel susceptible to my symptoms being contaminated by information on a given condition but as my brain is misfiring already - I didn't want to give it any ammunition lol. It is most likely fibro and tomorrow the research will begin. Wish me luck as I feel I'm going to need it