Fibromyalgia

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So I had my appointment with the rheumatologist this past Monday. She spent over an hour and a half with me. She was very thorough and went through all my symptoms and went through prior test results that I had done that ruled out other conditions that can produce the same symptoms. She concluded that I do have fibromyalgia. I am taking Cymbalta for it which I had already started on a few weeks prior for my migraines. Cymbalta is one of three medications that are approved for fibro. I was also give Tramadol for pain as needed. Also trying my best to get back into walking at least three times a week will also help. It’s a catch 22, you don’t want to exercise because you are in pain all over and exhausted but in the long run exercise like walking, yoga, swimming, etc are good for fibro. I’ve walked twice this week and will mow my lawn tomorrow or Saturday. This diagnosis gives me closure to the symptoms I developed after my allergic reaction. I couldn’t understand why my body hurt all over all the time, why my migraines got worse, why my insomnia worsened, and many other problems that I didn’t have just 7 months ago. It’s been just over 6 months now since my allergic reaction that landed me in the hospital for 13 days and required me to get 11 blood transfusions. It’s been a rough year but now that I have an answer to these new problems and a treatment plan I feel as though I will be able to tackle my future.

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9 thoughts on “Fibromyalgia

  1. I am so sorry to hear that it did turn out to be fibromyalgia. It is good that you have a plan for treatment and that it is a well known issue so hopefully there will be good ways to manage it. Hang in there.

  2. I have been recently diagnosed of Fibromyalgia and completely understand when you say you should work out but being it pain/ discomfort keeps you from wanting to do so. I do have to say I have been doing yoga/Pilates for the past few months and it makes me feel extremely better. Also tramadol has absolutely no effect on me so I try to cope with the pain / ache especially at night. that seems to be the worst time for me. It keeps me from actually falling asleep. Good Luck & I will continue to follow your blog : )

  3. I’m so sorry about your diagnosis; I got mine back in March. After being on Zoloft for depression, my GP is now switching me to Cymbalta. What has your experience of side effects been like?

    • I have been taking Cymbalta a month and a half now. I have not had any side effects from it. Not sure it’s help me that much. I also have Tramadol I can take as needed. I go to a rheumatologist for my care. I go back in a week for a check-up so maybe I will be trying something new or staying on the Cymbalta if it can be upped in dosage. I’m on 60 mg right now.

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