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Mar 12, 2013
I am honestly not sure what I am doing on here, hoping for support and to become closer to people who are suffering from the same things I am. This is sort of long, like a novel, so, I am sorry for that!

My name is Melissa, I am a 27 yr old single mom from KY. I have had pain, all over, for several years. It began soon after my C-Section in 2007. Thyroid tests came back abnormal, under-active thyroid. I began taking Synthroid to stabilize that. Some relief came. Within a year, pain and anxiety and severe depression started to sink in. They tested my thyroid levels again, it was normal due to the medicine. My Dr sent me to a Psychiatrist. They kept telling me it was anxiety and it was all in my head. That I was not in pain, I just did not know how to deal with the stress of every day life. Stress? What stress? I might be a single mom, but I make good money (no financial stress), have a loving fiance that has taken my daughter as his own, a supporting family that helps with the care of my daughter, and friends and family that make my life enjoyable. They eventually admitted me to a psychiatric hospital to begin medication for the "anxiety" because I sort of went off on my Psychiatrist(evidently not a good idea). I told her that the pain in my neck and all over my body was getting so bad that if they didnt help it get better I was going to cut my head off and each part of my body that hurt... mistake, I know... BUT that made her put me in the Psych ward.. They started Celexa, Cymbalta, Valium, and Nuerontin. I started to feel a little better, but not much. The part that sucked the most was being told its all in my head and I am crazy.
After being on those medications for about a year, the pain was still present, ever changing, and no real pattern to why when or where it happened. So, tons of clear ct scans/xrays/blood tests/specialists/massages/physical therapy visits later, the Dr hints at the possibility of Fibro, but she does not "believe in the disorder, and does not treat it as such."
That prompted me to do some research. OMG, This explains EVERYTHING I have gone through over the last 5 years... So, after a Dr. switch, he reviewed my medical history, did a physical exam, and told me he believes it is Fibromyalgia. He has decided to change the Cymbalta to Savella and see how that helps... It is sort of a relief to know there is a name and other people to sympathize with now, and that its not all just "in my head." To be honest, sometimes the pain makes me feel like I'm crazy!

Well, if you made it through my book, that is my story! I look forward to getting to know everyone and hopefully getting some advice and exchanging success stories soon!
Glad you found the forum. I think you will find a bunch of really caring folks here ready to be new fibro friends and help you out with any questions you might have. Lots of times we think hey, I have been dealing with this a while what question could I possibly have that has not been answered already? And then you find a join a forum like this one and gosh, the questions and the answers, and your thinking I didn't know that, or I should have ask my doctor about that. I think forums are good because they bind together people with other people suffering from the same symptoms and the same illness.

Forums give you hope that life will improve. They can offer a sense of direction and a chance to learn, but also to pass knowledge on to other people who for what ever reason, may not have found the method of release from pain that you discovered or invented. So I hope you enjoy the forum, and I will look for your posts around the different spots and let's see if we can help each other. :)
Hello Melissa, thyroid jobby huh? Isn't it amazing how often that one crops up with us lot. Same with me.
I hope you find the answers you need
take care
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