Fybo diagnosis

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Hi im new to this site which was recommended to my by a colleague also a sufferer of fibromyalgia.  It has recently been suggested by my GP that i may have fibromyalgia. My symptoms mofat consist of swelling in my body, particulalry on my left side. I am consantly tired however am not a good sleeper which I atribute to the menopause. I recently had a bad bout of pain which started with really sharp pain in my head, swelling of legs, ankles gums pretty much all over my body. I suffer from swelling on a daily basis along with fatigue. not good when you have to work full time. Does this sound like fibro? Thank you

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    It could be FM Patricia. We can have all sorts of symptoms. Inflammation in the body can be part of it for sure. The best way to know is for your doctor to refer you to a Rheumatologist. They can correctly diagnose it. Maggie 
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    Hi Patricia .....

    I have been to a GP And then to a Rheumatologist..x2

    Truth is inflammation is not associated with fibro.

    In the old days they used to think that Fibromyalgia was associated with inflammation until they discovered this is not true , there is no actual swelling .

    Please view the link https://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/fibromyalgia/

    I too have been diagnosed with fibro and get inflammation . So this might entail that I much like you have some form of overlap disease which means yes you can have fibro along with some other form of inflamatory disorder ...

    There are so many debates about fibro ... Truth is no one really knows what causes fibro and I feel this term is just used so that doctors have a way of diagnosing overall body chonic pain....

    My opinion >>> do follow up tests . RF factors . Autoimmune testing . ect.

    these tests too may not be acurate . Thus the term sero- negative comes into play

    meaning you may test negative on forms of athritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. But have all of the obvious symptoms.

    Best wishes .


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    Hi Patricia. I'm sorry that you have to go through this. I was diagnosed 11

    years ago and have the same issues as you. There are many other conditions

    or illnesses that seem to be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I deal with

    migraines, fatigue, IBS, arthritis, insomnia, sleep apnea, etc., etc., etc. And,

    yes, swelling. You see, all of these separate issues have there own

    symptoms and treatments. When I met my rheumatologist he said that

    lack of deep sleep is always found in Fibromyalgia patients. They are

    restless sleepers. He prescribed a muscle relaxer for me to get better

    sleep. When you don't get restorative sleep your muscles cannot mend

    properly which leads to more pain. There are other places to get

    information about Fibromyalgia. The National Fibromyalgia Association

    has a website with lots of great info. www.fmaware.org. You might need

    more testing to rule out other conditions and maybe a second opinion

    from a different rheumatologist. Fibro can be hard to diagnose but you have

    the same symptoms as many of us. We're here if you need us. Feel better.

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    I have been reading a study by Swedish Researchers who determined that inflammation is definitely linked to most Fibromyalgia patients. So there is a definite interaction with FM patients and inflammation. But it is a good idea to get other tests to determine the autoimmune connection. 
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