|Jul 09 2008|
It has been a little over a month since I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. My family doctor thought my pains, which I thought were in my joints, was Osteoarthritis. It still could be, and I know a bone density test would prove/disprove it. And it would not shock me in the least if it was, because it runs in both sides of my family. Blood tests were done to rule out Lupus and RA. Big sigh of relief there, because I have a paternal aunt who passed away when she was my age from Lupus. I have also learned, since my father's passing, that he and his mother both suffered from Fibromyalgia too. So, in my case, I think it may be a combination of my genetic make up and ptsd.
After discussing with my chiropractor, the pain was unbearable any longer, I needed some relief and adjustments usually work, he said "Have you heard of Fibromyalgia?" I told him no. He talked to me a bit longer and without doing the pressure point test, he said it sounds like I have a classic case, and he can help me a little by adjusting to relieve some of the pain in the back/joints. Those adjustments have worked very well, I might add.
After following up with the family doctor, I found I have 16/18 points that are very tender. I was started on Ambien to see if it was chronic fatigue syndrome. I don't know that I slept better, but I slept longer. I think the dreams that I have while using Ambien are worse than waking up just to turn over or taking over an hour to find a comfortable position to sleep in.
Today I am starting Lyrica. I took my first dose last night at bed time and my second this morning and I will be continuing the regime from here on out. Not sure I like the side effects of Lyrica, but....if it will help in the long run, I will try very hard to deal with them. My husband asked if it is working, and I said I need to wait a while to find out if it will take full effect and how it will work. I told him I hate the feelings, and I could just go back to ignoring the pain, and deal with it.
But, for the first time in a long time, he and I talked about everything, and jointly decided that my way of ignoring the pain, and trying to just...pretend it is not there was not the best thing to do.
Thanks for listenign to my ramlings.
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