I posted a while ago about my chronic pain diagnosis, and that I was going to try steroid injections. I've had problems with neck pain since I was a kid. I'm now 28 and still suffering on a daily basis. After MRIs / x-rays /EMG etc I was diagnosed with chronic neuropathic pain and put on pregabalin, duloxetine, amitryptiline and codeine. I see a physio to help with movement as I have very restricted ROM.
A doctor ruled out fibromyalgia about 8 years ago, as i apparently didn't have enough trigger points. However, I'm finding myself having more and more symptoms of it. I get crippling tiredness, which I've always just attributed to the pain. I am also having stomach problems (ongoing for about the last year or so) and have seen that IBS can be a sign of fibro.
The strangest thing was the other day, when i started to feel as though my entire arm was sunburnt. I couldn't wear anything with sleeves as it felt too sensitive. I googled 'skin feeling sunburnt' and fibro was the main thing that came up. I know that google isn't a doctor (!) but it just seemedtoo coincidental. I also then remembered that I had the same feeling a couple of years ago down one side of my face and body, and the doc thought i may be coming down with shingles, but it never developed into a rash and i forgot about it.
Anyway, my issue is whether to approach this with my GP or wait until I see the pain clinic in January. I feel like the GP sees me as a bit of a hyperchondriac and doesnt take me seriously - and will think i'm ridiculous for 'diagnosing myself' via the internet, but I really can't cope with carrying on as i am.
Does anyone have any advice for the best way to tackle this? Sorry for the essay!