May 26 (I can remember the day!) my journey with chronic pain and exhaustion started. It started off with just a throbbing pain under my right underarm. Over the next week it got worse. I started to feel the pain in my left underarm as well. Additionally, the pain began to migrate to the area of my ribs beneath my underarms and the across my collarbone, up my neck and by my jaw bone below my ears! I also started to get extremely exhausted. I also started to have breast pain and pain in my groin area, where my leg joint is. The pain is usually in very specific places that alternate in the aforementioned areas. It doesn’t really feel like typical muscle pain. I have had a feeling of swelling up my neck and across my chest and tenderness and burning across my chest as well. I have had back pain as well in the middle of my back near my spine, but having had back pain before I’m not sure if it is related.
Just last week I started to get head and facial tingling and numbness, floaters in my field of vision and a feeling of unsteadiness when I walk at times.
I have also started to suffer from anxiety and depression. I worry all of the time about my health and I have broken down in tears (even in public) at times.
By the second visit to my doctor he had decided I had fibromyalgia, but I’m not sure my symptoms fit the criteria?
I have had a chest x-ray and I am scheduled for a breast ultrasound and mammogram (I had a manual exam with no lumps found.) I had to press my doctor to give me any sort of imaging at all. He doesn’t think an MRI would be necessary, but I don’t think I agree with this. He has already sent in a referral to a pain management clinic that specializes in fibro treatment.
I was wondering if anyone could help.
Do my symptoms sound like fibromyalgia to you?
What sort of imaging did you have before you were diagnosed with fibro?
I think it’s possible I have fibromyalgia, I just want to exclude other possibilities to allay my fears before accepting the diagnosis.
I would really appreciate any answers or advice!