Aching all over, anxiety or perimenopause

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Hi everyone my first time on a forum, I am hoping someone will be able to advice me as at moment I feel like I am all alone. Firstly I started feeling unwell about 2 years ago, fatigue has always been a fore front symptom followed by aches and pains all over my body, frequent urination at night mainly, anxiety that is getting worse, headaches which come and go. I use to have regular periods lasting 7 days, but now my periods although still regular only last for 3 days. I use to have night sweats but not anymore and I recently noticed at night I seem to be tensing my muscles a lot which is causing more pain in a morning. I have developed intolerances to certain foods too. I have been to docs several times over last couple years and had loads of blood tests all come back normal, kidney and liver test came back normal, I asked for a hormone test 6 month ago she said it was normal range, I have recently been back to docs because the aches and pains are so bad all over my body that it is severely affecting my everyday life, the doc just looked at me and said we will run some more bloods, he put me on diazepam for anxiety I have only taken 3 tablets and it doesn't seem to be doing anything for the aches and pains which tells me it's not anxiety related. It is the not knowing what is causing it that makes me worry more and more, I am getting to the point were I just want to give up on everything, cause I am so fed up with the pain. Any advice would be really appreciated.

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    Maybe fibromyalga. not sure if i spelt it right! And dont know if a test for this exists?
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    Hi Tammy, I must have been back and forth to docs over past couple years and never once have they suggested fybromyalgia but it has crossed my mind I might have to mention it next time I go the problem is everytime I go docs I end up seeing a different dr everytime .
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    I dont know much about it but i had a friend who had it and had similar symptoms to yours. I deffinatley think you should mention it to your doc..Have you thought of maybe an alternative form of therapy, like accupunture for example. I do find doctors really only prescribe pills.I really hope you find a cure to your problem. I know how miserable everyday pain can make you. Also try and listen to your body and what it tells you follow your instincts and not always what doctors tell you! Good luck
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    Hi, I just read your blog...I think I am older than you as my periods stop when I was about 35, early menopause I guess. Regarding the pain and the aches all over I can certainly relate to that. It started with a pain in my lower back just at the top of my hip and over the last two years it has got more frequent and much more painful, I also am unable to do anything repeatedly like even typing this out is killing my back. I am currently seeing a doctor who order blood tests and a 24 hour urine test (everytime into this big jar for 24hours) I get my results next friday and will go see him about the beginning of may, I would like to know how you got on and I will happliy discuss what he says to me with you, it sounds like we have a similar problem.

     

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      Hi, I hope you don't mind me asking, how did you get on? 

      Ive bee. To see my go about aching, my arms, shoulders, neck, legs, knees, ankles all ache on a daily basis. I mentioned fibromyalgia but he was reluctant. He's asked me to have more bloods done on 10th sept sad 

      im im fed up of aching sad 

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      Kelly, and Sharon, I am so sorry to hear about your pain! I'm in the same boat as you are. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia more than 15 years ago.

      The symptoms define the word. Fibroids (which make up your entire body) are inflamed (algia). It's as if you have the flu all the time! Repetitious movements, writing, holding a cell phone, even holding a magazine to read--HURTS!

      The good news is, there are treatments! It's NOT just medications! The first thing I would recommend is that you get a different doctor! I searched years to find out from my orthopedic surgeon that fibromyalgia is a disease that is brought on by prolonged stress, which explains why it usually effects woman. Some men do, however, have fibromyalgia. My son has it! Even though he is very masculine in many ways, he is also a lot like me in that he is very empathetic toward others and wants to"fix" things and people who are broken. People with fibromyalgia are very caring, sensitive people that usually put themselves last. Does this sound like you? This is a trait admitted in most people but can lead to your own demise!

      Get yourself a rheumatologist. I have a very good rheumatologist that I have been going to for 15 years who my orthopedic surgeon told me about. I also have both oysteoarthritis and about 2 years ago was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis as well.

      The first thing I was told to do is change my lifestyle. I don't know how young you are, but I was able to continue to work until I reached 53. I then found a job less stressful and fewer hours. You can do this and still go on partial disability. I was fortunate because I worked at a major University Medical center (Duke University) and my employer knew about fibromyalgia! She allowed me to go on Family Medical Leave and to use the sick days and vacation I had accumulated while working.

      I struggle with this lifestyle change because, there again, I put my health and my needs last. But, the Disability office where I worked explained to me that I had been putting away money my whole working life. This money had been deducted by the US government from my salaries since my first job when was 13 years old! She said it was MY money.

      I filed for Social Security Disability in 2000 and it has been the best thing I ever did for my body. I have a very supportive family and I have eliminated so much stress in my life (one of the variables of fibromyalgia). I am having infusions for the RA of REMICAIDE and I use a narcotic of a Fentenyl patch. I started with 75 mcg and have been able to reduce it, thus far, to 25 mcg. I am seeing a pain specialist who has also added Gabapentin (300 mcg), 2 @ bedtime; and, 1 am; 1 afternoon. Gabapentin is generic for Lyrica. I also take Cymbalta for depression/RE/pain and, Flexril to relieve muscle tightness and pain. Love impact water aerobics and water walking are helpful and if you can get in a class with others who have these same problems as yours, you will benefit from their trial and errors.

      Good luck! I hope you will be able to find what "lifestyle changes" means to you. May God be with you in your journey.

      Bj Martin-Dowell

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      I have exactly this. I hurt everywhere and my toes and fingers burn with aching pain. I even had injections in my knees. I hurt from head to toe, have trouble sleeping. I do a small vacation and am wiped out and completely exhausted. Body has burning in all body parts and my left hand will shake sometimes while driving because of stress. The pain causes me depression. I get anxiety. I will go to the bathroom constantly. I get a headache. All my muscles and joints ache. I had my gall bladder out and my stomach will hurt too. I am having a full blown attack from it right now. It's just awful.

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      Hi sylvia85281

      Have you had a blood test for inflammation in your body?....it is called an ESR blood test ..Erythrocite Sedimentation Rate if this is high then there is a high rate of inflammation in your body...I had this test my ESR was high ..I saw a rheumatoligist and he diagnosed me with Polymyalgia Rheumatica. for which I am being treated.

      If you have not had this test I suggest you ask your doc to arrange one for you..best wishes...

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    Hi..it does sound like Fibromyalgia, of even maybe CFS/ ME...Go back to your doctor or demand a second opinion. And ask to se a Rheumatolagist, I did and unfortunatly I have both illnesses...
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    Hi just ot give you an update, I found a kins therapist via a friend, he gives me a back massage once a week , then a heat pack and a little stretching and I have been so much better. I have not been back to the Doctors to expensive and well as another lady said there just going to give me pills...I was also swimming everyday which I think is a great form of excersise, until a recently fell hurting my ribs at the back so taking it easy until they heal. I think vitamin D is a big plus, so taking that orally plus get sun for about 2 hours daily at the beach in summer. Feeling good x
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    Also I did the same thing as your 24 hour pee thing and blood tests.... he then perscribed things like Zinc, Magnesium, Pottassium and Cod Liver Oil plus Papaya as I was not absorbing nutrients through my food, I eat very healthy, organic and live on the Med, so fruit, fish etc I was very surprised....High Cholestrol too....I am going to see how I am in Ocotober as have really changed my diet alot cutting out meat to once a week. So well see. My periods also stopped at 35 ish.
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    Hi Sharon,

    Some years ago during perimenopause the lead up to menopause I suffered the same symptoms as you. I hurt all over, couldn't sleep with the pain frequent urination and was very depressed due to the sleeplessness and pain. I saw my GP who treated me for Fibromyalgia and depression. As time went by the pain got worse and I grew very week and was literally unable to lift my arms up to hang washing. My daughter suggested I go for a diabetes test as I was showing the same symptoms as her partner who had Type 1 diabetes.  We went to a chemist where they tested my glucose levels and my glucose levels were way beyond normal. They suggested I see the doc immediately. Cut a long storey short I was diagnosed withType 2 diabetes. The pain I had was caused by no glucose getting to my muscles due to low insulin levels. Insulin distributes the glucose. I was promptly put on medication Metformin and other medication to keep my blood pressure normal and cholesterol levels normal. Into two weeks of taking the meds I was fine. I had no more pain and was sleeping well afer two years of virtually no sleep due to pain. I had to watch my sugar intake and eat a healthy diet and exercise. I hope this helps.

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    Lyme or rocky mountain spotted fever. Get tested for tick disease. I'm still recovering from it. Wish u the best 
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    I have been going through all of the same sypmtoms for almost 3 years. I go out of my mind looking for answers but they have yet to come. Everyday living in pain is an emotion of roller coaster and most of the time you feel all alone on that roller coaster but you're not. Let go and let God. Smile through the pain, pray, surround yourself with amazing people. When you have to, scream at the sky and punch the pillow. Sometimes we do everything we can to hide the pain so once in a while you have to let it out. I have looked into different types of arthritus especially RA, it could be toxins, a blood disease or any number of things. Research but not to the point of going crazy and instead of obsessing about what it is like we all do obsess about getting better. Fight!!!!! When you want to give up like I feel at least once a day fight for someone you love. You are here for a reason!!! Take Care cry
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