Hi, I’m new to this site and am hoping to find clarity I’ve been missing from non listening doctors. Years ago I was diagnosed with Fibro/Chronic Fatigue from a doctor that just wanted to throw meds at me. As a single mom who had two kids (one special needs) working a full time that just didn’t fit into my schedule I guess you could say… lol. I also must add I hate meds. I do have a history of working in the medical field so am not lost when discussing issues with medical professionals.
A little history of me, I played multiple sports starting at 3 years old, I was EMS so many back injuries lifting patients, I’ve had lower back surgery and spine surgery with spinal stimulator implant placement after developing drop foot due to excessive scar tissue development from back surgery, 2 shoulder surgeries, toe joint replacement (really???). I was also diagnosed with Graves disease 20 months ago but the meds they put me on caused my hair to fall out in chunks so had to stop that.
also where I should have been losing weight from that I rapidly gained 30+ lbs. in about 2 months and even with them putting me on 3 different types of perscription weight loss meds (my stimulator no longer works due to weight gain and therefor can’t charge it) I never lost 1 single pound!!! I’ve always lived my life that if someone else could do it, I could do it be it a woman or a man… so I guess I have justified my pains in that as bad as I have beaten my body up “it should hurt”. Only recently have I decided that this just is not normal for my age no matter how bad I’ve treated myself as I have not been run over by a 18-wheeler nor been crushed.
I work as a Insurance Agency Manager now and did have a at home bakery but had to stop the baking business due to the pain. I go home daily and have to hit the couch for the rest of the night. I also once monthly waitress for my boss at his other business on a special dinner he has and after the 2.5 hours I can hardly move. Last weekend I baked 2 regular cakes as a Thank You and was down in almost tears the rest of the night. I tried going to the gym and it took me days to get over 20 minutes on a treadmill. When I get like this my bones actually hurt, my skin is tender to touch, my joints ache. I joke to my hubby that I wonder if my finger is broke as everywhere I touch hurts. I don’t think I have the fog that everyone talks about but sometimes I have to stop and think about a word… I have noticed I don’t handle stress as well as I once did where I thrived under pressure. And I cry over the smallest thing… anyone crys on TV, I cry with them, lol I don’t feel like I’m depressed… I’m not sad about anything. Frustrated about not knowing what this is. But depressed, oh pitiful me… No. My son and I have this saying: You can either define it or it will define you and I refuse to allow anything to define me. I can deal with what I know, it’s the now knowing that I can’t handle. And the doctors either treat you like you are a hypercondriact or crazy and want to treat each individual thing and never look at the whole.
So, can someone help me figure out if I do in fact have Fibro, if it’s a autoimmune issue or what? I have no clue what to look for as to what is normal age issues or what is a “problem” My husband is younger than I am so I’m just getting old to him lol. And what type of actual doctor do I need to see vs. a GP