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Background - I have OA in one ankle as a result of a major accident which destroyed the cartilage in the joint. I also have painful thumb joints which the doctor feels is also 'probably' OA which has spread. The last month or so I've been getting more and more pain in my upper arms mostly but also some in the thighs and generally my OA pain has worsened also. The pain in the arms is not in any joint, it feels like it deep within the muscles. Certain movements are impossible - mainly lateral or lifting moves. I wake up very stiff and immobile in the mornings but this does improve slightly during the day. I've become easily fatigued and even the slightest physical activity can make me feel exhausted. I'm also not quite 'with it' - difficult to explain but my thoughts and memory are just not clear at the moment, sort of in cling film with a misty view through. It got so bad I went to see my GP, whose first suggestion was just to take anti inflammatories (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen. I told him I was already taking Naproxen which I didnt like but had no choice but that this wasn't really taking much pain away and certainly doing nothing for the other symptoms. He reluctantly offered a blood test, which I had last week and am due back to see him at the end of this week.
I have no idea what the problem is but on researching the symptoms I spotted fibromyalgia and a lot of my symptoms seem to match this. I guess I just need to know what to ask the GP when I go back as they all just seem to want to palm me off with ibuprofen or even worse codeine (which I cannot tolerate, it messes my digestion up too much), without even making any attempt to diagnose what is actually wrong.
Is there any help for fibro sufferers other than perpetually taking nasty NSAIDS? Thanks for reading, sorry I went on a bit.
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