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My GP diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia a few days ago but I am skeptical. I am a thirty year old woman with ten month old twins. I've had intermittent joint pain since my teens but no inflammation markers in blood tests so rheumatoid arthritis was ruled out. Symptoms worsen in wet and cold weather. I contracted Bharma forest virus as a teen which is when the symptoms started, as far as I remember.
I have pain in both shoulders, back, knees, elbows, hands and sometimes in other joints also. Other symptoms are: depression/anxiety (possible bi-polar), fatigue, hyper mobility in most joints, Raynaud's phenomenon in cold weather, morning stiffness and digestive issues. At times I've had restless leg syndrome and disturbed sleep but not regularly. I do become overwhelmed and exhausted in crowds at times, maybe this is a sensory overload. I get random pains and aches in my ribs from time to time. All "Fibromyalgia tender points" are painful when I apply pressure.
From what I understand, the pain suffered by Fibro patients is severe, inexplicable and debilitating. Mine is very rarely severe and I can always determine why, for example lifting something heavy would mean I need painkillers for my shoulders the following day. Since becoming a mother my back and shoulders are more painful, sometimes I nearly cry because my back hurts so much during nighttime breastfeeding sessions.
How on earth do I know if this is Fibro or just regular aches and pains and stress? I feel like my GP was far too quick to label it and he was keen for me to try antidepressants for it. In your opinion, do my symptoms warrant further investigation or a trip to a rheumatologist? Many thanks in advance.
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