Am I Just A Lazy Hyperchondriac, I Think I Have Fibromyalgia

   I havent seen a doctor yet. A year ago I met a lady that told me that she has fibromyalgia. All she told me was that she was tired all the time and didnt sleep good. Recently I have been so tired and in a brain fog. I get headaches more than ever and a stiff neck. Some days Im flying so fast around the house cleaning I dont want to stop. Other days I cant wake up, my daughter yells at me because of it. She will bug me so many times an hour to get me up and I cant move. When I get up I hurt and still cant do much at all. I thought something was wrong with my doctors diagnosis for my thyroid. I have begged him for a higher dosage of medication, but he told me Im where I needed to be.
   I have been reading up on it lately just for my tiredness, but then everything else started falling into place. Joint pain, muscle aches, bad pms. Just a long list. Its funny to me that I can be tired all day but when I should sleep I cant, sometimes I get energy then or just be so tired I cant do much but still wont sleep. I would love to sleep one day or night and not wake up till my body wants to. My mother in law definately doesnt understand me. She thinks I am lazy and I need to go to bed at a certain time and get up at a certain time. I am glad for a lady her age she is the energizer bunny. But everyone is different, I try to keep my house clean but I will never be that good because of how I feel.
   My husband is very understanding about things, but when I told him what I think I might have and all the symptoms( I dont always tell him when I hurt or anything), he says to me, what you becoming your sister in law, a hyperchondriac? My feeling were hurt so bad I didnt know what to think. Later I asked him and he said he was only joking with me, he didnt understand that I feel bad for what his mom thinks. But thankfully he is with me on this. Im  hoping to find some good natural herbs for this, like I did for my thyroid.
    I feel for those who have suffered for well any length of time and for those that people tell you they  think its all in your head. Its a shame doctors didnt start taking this serious sooner with all the people complaining of so many similar symptoms. Mild or painful its a terrible thing to live with.
   All coments are welcome, even those that want to yell at me for not seeing a doctor yet. :)
loveonly1 loveonly1
36-40, F
13 Responses Aug 8, 2010

It's funny how one can read someone else's words and feel it is their own. That is how I feel and almost my situation, exact.

I am a man in the same position, just add congestive heart failure, hep.c and PTSD. My heart goes out to you, especially the mother in law part. I love my mother in law dearly and we just had to move in with her 5 months ago, after she was sexually and physically assaulted. It was fine at first, but now I am getting blamed for everything that she sees as a fault in her daughter (my wife). Of course she also says I do not contribute to our lives, even though for the past five years it has been my disability check that has paid our rent and car insurance. That doesn't even start to cover that I am the primary cook and caregiver for my wife's 3 kids. I do more for those kids than I did for my own (now grown) kids.

We just moved in a new house, but I fear the relationship my mother in law & I had has been damaged beyond repair all because we dared to help.

Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I empathize with you. Don't feel alone. There are many of us out here w

I have been on the change for 5 years and also have an underactive thyroid which I take thyroxin for. I have had my dose incresed over the past 6 months and I am now on 125mcgs. I have always been really active and run a busy A & E department but over the past 2 months I have not been able to function I take Ymea and various other vitamins but I am feeling tired all the time, physically and emotionally exhausted, my whole body aches and I am hoarse by the end of the day. I feel physically unwell and my mood is getting lower every day....help

You should check to see if you have ADD. Your case is similar to mine. I have a hard time completing tasks and focusing. Many people who are diagonised with ADD, find out they have FMS too. Not being able to function normally will make anyoned depressed, so will pain. I'v had ADD all my life, all my boys have it and my father and my cousins,etc...have ADD. Good Luck!

Hello. You do need to see a doctor. There are many illnesses that can cause pain and fatigue; and, they need to run tests to rule everything else out. I think I need to give you a warning, however. Try to find a doctor who believes Fibromyalgia is a "real" disease. Because it is still unknown what exactly causes Fibromyalgia, many doctors don't believe it exists and if you end up with one of those doctors it could take you quite a long time to be diagnosed. (Many doctors still believe it is nothing more than depression. They are wrong.) It took me 6 years to get a diagnosis.<br />
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How would you describe your pain? Fibromyalgia starts at pressure points on different parts of your body. As I understand, most people describe it as stinging or stabbing pain radiating from those pressure points. There are pressure points on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, abdomin, buttom of buttox, hips, and sides of knees. I also have osteoarthritis and have pain in other areas, so I might have forgotten to add a point or 2.<br />
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If you are diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I would not recommend not taking prescription medicine. The only reason I am able to work and do my share of house work is because of the medication. Otherwise the pain would be too much. I do agree that Lyrica makes some of the symptoms worse, especially the brain fog. Nerve medicines like Gabapentin and Lyrica slow down the electrical impulses in the brain, thus reducining the nerve symptoms of fibromyalgia. However, this also means that thinking is slowed down. This makes it even more difficult to function.<br />
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Good luck and I hope you find what you need. <br />
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P.S. If you live in the Washington State area, I know the names of some good fibromyalgia doctors. Let me know if you would like them.

You may consider trying a gluten-free diet to see if it helps your symptoms. My wife has fibromyalgia and has been gluten-free for several months and it's helped her symptoms considerable. Check out her blog about her experience at http://www.glutenfibrofree.com

You're welcome! I suffered for many years with it, so I feel like there should be more awareness out there. Let me know how things turn out!

oranssi, wow, your right. I have never heard of that or anything other than fibromyalgia. Thank you so much for that.. Your a smart young lady I do owe it to my health.

I want to thank each of you so very much for your support and kind words.<br />
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Wolfman, thank you. I wont try Lycra, I do only like natural herbs so when I can Im going to the herbal store and check into everything I can and I will chech out Dr. Deagle. <br />
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Imacamarolgirl2, Hope I got that right. Thank you. I did check out the first site, spent most of my day there it was very helpful. Im gonna chech out the other one later.<br />
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Starryskyes, I dont know yet how they check for fibromyalgia. But with the thyroid problem I have gained weight and cant seem to loose it. I used to take the perscription Armour thyroid, and kept begging my doctor to raise the dosage but he said I was where I needed to be. So now I try all the natural herbs I can for it. My mother ordered one from a health food book she gets and that was the best I think it was called Thyroid Complete Plus Energy, It had alot of vitimin Bs in it and I felt great taking that one, but since I dont see my mother anymore I cant get it dont know what book she got it from. But I went to the herbal store and found another that works almost as good I just have to take extra vit B. Its called Thyroid Health Formula by Dr. Michael Murray. Since it has less of what the other one had the herbalist said I can double up on it and take a vit supplument. I will pm you with more.<br />
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Again thank to all and bless you

Okay, this may seem totally unrelated, but I am a 17 year old girl with Celiac disease. Many of the symptoms (there are approximately 250 different ones---not necessarily the "classic" gastrointestinal symptoms!) can mimic other conditions. From what you've written, I would highly recommend getting tested for Celiac (gluten intolerance). Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, sleep problems, joint pain, menstrual irregularities, a general feeling of "brain fog"--all can be caused by this. It's very insidious. Even if you don't have it, don't you owe it to your health to do all you can to discover the causes of your symptoms?<br />
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Good luck! My heart goes out to you.

Ok, I know this one, DO NOT TAKE LYRICA, it will make you worse. You need to change your diet and avoid prescription drugs. If you cut out all simple carbs and eat vegetables, fruit and a little meat 99% of the time it will help you a lot, especially locally grown organic. You also need healing herbs such as stevia, fresh garlic, oregano and an herbal compound called Kardovite. Once you feel better you will be more active and that will also help you a lot. Listen to the doctor Deagle show on gcnlive.com, not everything he says is right but his medical knowledge is the best I have ever found.<br />
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Be well and be with GOD.

Hi loveonly1! I just wanted to give you a couple of resources that I've found VERY helpful and supportive. Fibromyalgia is painful and debilitating in and of itself, without the added stress and hurt caused by those who don't understand just what we face on a day to day basis. The good news is that more and more doctors are learning to recognize the symptoms and are less hesitant to admit they don't have the answers and give referals to doctors who specialize in Fibro. As the others have mentioned, a firm diagnosis is crucial in getting proper treatment. I hope you find these resources useful:<br />
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http://fmcfsme.com/<br />
http://www.fmnetnews.com/index.php<br />
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Please know that you are not alone in your struggle! Take care!

Thank you Lorraine. I will pm you some time.

You need to see a doctor for a formal diagnosis and tests....make sure you get referred to an endrochronologist for the thyroid.... you should have a scan done of your neck. Don't share your thoughts with those who think you are a hypochondriac because this is negative and not helpful. By all means tell them when you are not feeling well and put your foot down ! Don't let family tell you what you *should * be doing. I was on thyroid meds for 10 YEARS before the specialist found out I was allergic to them and they didn't work. So even the local GP got it wrong and so did everyone who said I was imagining symptoms ! PM me if you need further support<br />
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Lorraine