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Hello Can anyone tell me how you tell the difference between fibromyalgia and osteo arthritis. I am 70 female have osteo arthritis in the spine neck and knees and possibly the hips. I also have gastritis, IBS and diverticulosis , asthma, rhinitis, high blood pressure, underactive thyroid, blepharitis and glaucoma. I get pain all over my body and it varies from day to day and where on the body. My ankles feet and legs ache a lot with odd burning pains (i do have varicose veins as well). Lower neck and upper and mid back all cause pains randomly on both sides of the body. I feel like there is no part of the body which is not affected. I can only take paracetamol which only help a bit. I have good days and think I am getting better then it suddenly hits, especially if I have tried to be active, for example I sing in a choir and decided I could do one of the gigs but the standing for 1 hour with singing and moves during warm weather left me drained with legs like lead, aching feet and back. I have also suffered from anxiety for a few years but with counselling I have it under control. The trouble I think that family and doctors seem to think every ache and pain is caused by anxiety. I have had quite a stressful 2 years a house move 200 miles away and lots of hospital visits and tests for both myself and husband. Do you think this could be fibromyalgia or am I not ill enough or could all the pain be arthritis. My gp seems reluctant to send me for any more tests since all the conditions including arthritis have all been diagnosed by hospitals. From what I read people with this condition really suffer and don't seem to get the understanding. The recent hot weather and really drained me I seem to suffer with heat intolerance which I suppose could be thyroid all though according to my gp the level is fine. I also get periods where I feel really cold often when it is just starting to warm up in the spring and other people are saying it is not cold. Any comments would be welcome. I did post on this forum sometime ago when I lived down south. I think family get fed up with me complaining if not pain then it is Ibs problems. I am due to go to a family wedding in 2 weeks and we have a long drive to get there. I have sorted out the menu adjusting it for my stomach issues but am still worried about that and being in pain. I think family seem to think you can still do everything you could 20 years ago and I want to enjoy myself with all the family.
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