LIVING With Fms

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Syndrome in 1998. I've tried everything I can think of to get rid of it. Now I am resigned to learning to live well inspite of my limitations. There are still things i can work on like reducing my weight, eating better, and stop complaining so much, find out more things I can do instead of bemoan what I cannot do.

 

stableperson stableperson
56-60, F
2 Responses Feb 16, 2009

diagnoses is usually by a doctor specializing in arthritis and rheumatology.<br />
FMS is widespread continuous pain in the muscles; headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, depression, etc.--the list on symptoms is endless. It is usually diagnosed by having pain in certain pressure points in the body--press there and the pain is excruciating. I have pain in my feet and legs which makes walking hard--neuropathy which is loss of feeling and muscle controll with pain in the middle of the ball of my feet. Everyone responds differently and every med responds differently. Lyrica doesn't work for me because of the side effects. I take a benzodiazapine to help me sleep and Excedrin for the headaches, Wellburin for the depression. Weather changes make it worse for me. It is hard to be pleasant and patient when I am in so much pain and haven't had much sleep--but I suppose that is a blessing in disguise and helping me become a better person. I have gained a lot of weight which isn't good either and I'm supposed to get off the caffeine in Excedrin, but the headaches are too much. Thanks for asking and I hope you never get this--no one knows exactly what causes it nor how to cure it. I rarely have good days anymore, but I do have a great husband who helps me out a lot and doesn't complain.

So sorry you have this illness. Never heard of it before and now have seen many commercials for a medication which seems to have many bad side effects. <br />
If you don’t mind exactly what is it, and how do they diagnosis.