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I would greatly appreciate it if someone out there could let me know if they believe I have Fibromyalgia.
I am a 57 year old male. I have always kept extremely physically fit, and I still try to play squash twice a week. However, I am in severe pain practically all the time. Four years ago I had major back surgery. I had c5+6 and c6+7 removed and replaced wth titanium discs. The Surgeon told me afterwards that although the procedure went well, I had very weak bones. I receive Physio once a week. I have injections in my knees, facid joints and shoulders every 2-3 months, and I have injections in my hips every two years. All this just to keep mobile. I sleep terribly with constant cramps in my calfs and feet, and I am lucky if I get 4-5 hours on a good night. I have terrible tension headaches from the top of my neck to my head. I suffer badly with stomach problems and I often go days without going to the loo. I suffered a prolapsed disc last year, and I cannot go one single day without stiffness in my lower back, neck, knees and practically all over. I actually slaver from my mouth at times when in bed, and I feel irritable and depressed for the vast majority of the time. I feel as if I am trapped in a surreal world where no-one understands. Some people might say it is the extreme excercise that is giving me the problems, but I am around 50% worse if I cannot make a session. I have tried Celibrex, Arthrotec. Tramacet and a host of other strong medication. Even as I am writing this I feel as if I could just fall asleep. Some days I feel absolutely wretched and feel as if I just want to end it all (although I have never took this any further than just thought). My GP does not seem to listen. He just sits there with an inane grin on his face. He dismissed my thoughts of Fibromyalgia and just gave me new painkillers. My x-rays show severe arthritis in major joints, but it is all the associated symptoms as well.
Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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