- Dec 28, 2020
- DX CP
In my mid sixties now, I was in my late 20’s when I was diagnosed by a holistic physician as having fibromyalgia. A second opinion with a medical doctor was insistent that I did not have fibromyalgia. I’ve dealt with chronic fatigue issues most of my life, back and joint pain, periods of depression, anxiety, morning headaches, neck pain, etc. Nothing life altering, something I chose and learned to “just live with”. Generally “good health” reports from primary doctors and specialists, I felt frustrated and a bit hopeless. I’ve also dealt with neck and jaw pain and morning headaches for years. (I was told I have TMJ from teeth grinding which causes my headaches and do wear a mouth guard). I was also told I have disc degeneration in my neck thus the neck pain. Most recently I began waking with pretty acute and painful rib pain which eventually subsides after being up and about. I’m assuming it is related to arthritis but it came on quite suddenly. At 66, I feel frustrated that all of these ongoing issues are worsening and fear the affect they will have on my daily life. I am active and in good physical shape. I walk and hike, workout at home, and maintain an active career as a painter. I do not want to live on meds for pain, (I rarely take anything). If I truly have fibromyalgia is there hope for relief and should I see a fibromyalgia specialist once again. Thank you in advance for all and any advice.