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Comment from: Toni, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

For years my body would ache all over and I was always tired. I would have unexplained, constant chest pain. I went from doctor to doctor who said I was fine then in August 2014 was told I have fibromyalgia. I've been taking Gabapentin (300mg, 3 times a day).

Comment from: bealah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I had severe nausea with body-wide pain that kept me from sleeping.

Comment from: LaLa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I was diagnosed nine years ago with fibromyalgia. I just recently started having pain in my hands and it is very painful to shake hands or lift heavy items.

Comment from: Wdb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I was diagnosed 1995 after a lot of very weird and sometimes degrading tests. First they thought I have cancer, then fibrositis. Finally the right doctor realized after the tender point tests was done that I have fibromyalgia. It's a pain that you cannot describe to people. All over your body! You cannot sleep. You cannot think! All that's important is how to cope from day to day!

Comment from: 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

My story is much like the others. I can relate to most if not all of their symptoms. Mine started 20-25 years ago when a nutritionist said I had chronic fatigue. At that time those were words were never uttered to your dr. It was a FAKE disease. I was just diagnosed with this recently after ruling out many other things including rheumatoid arthritis. My PCP is starting out on helping my sleep. I am excited to FINALLY have a diagnosis that makes sense and a doctor who is working with me.

Comment from: Bluebird9, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I have had fibromyalgia since in my 20s. I think it originated in my neck and shoulders and behind my ears would feel like knots and my jaws would ache. I had continuous tension headaches where as I had sore spots on my head and the top of my head would feel numb. I also had a severe burning in my right hip. Over the years the pain has changed some. Both hips are tender, and I have low back pain, knee pain, shin pain and now I have Morton's neuroma in both feet. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia last year after visits to several chiropractors; primary doctors; a heart doctor for chest pain and a TMJ specialist and rheumatologist for my arms and hips. I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand but still sometimes have pain.

Comment from: julesb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

About 11 years ago I gave birth to my lovely son. Within a day, I had sharp pain in my neck and shoulder, and I haven't had a pain free day since. I developed postpartum depression and IBS within a few weeks, and those symptoms have fluctuated since. My doctors are thinking fibromyalgia.

Comment from: nannyd, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I had gone for a few years with severe pain. I was starting to think it was all in my head when nothing could be found. Finally, after thinking I was going crazy, a doctor gave my illness a name. Fibromyalgia! I also have had trouble sleeping for years. It seems the more sleep I get, the more I want. I seem to always be tired, and it is so frustrating when people don't understand. I was told by my family doctor, that the pain would plateau out and I would learn to live with it day by day. It has been years now, and I still never know where the pain is going to be from day to day. Depression is also a big part of it. I will keep checking on here to see if there is any new information comes out on this disease.

Comment from: allytheangel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I was involved in a serious car crash in 2001 and although no broken bones, I did have severe whiplash. After two years of tests and some wrong diagnoses, I was eventually told that I had fibromyalgia. It was such a relief to finally have a diagnosis for all the pain. My rather old fashioned GP told me that it was ''all in your head'' and practically threw me out of the office! A quick change of doctors, I found one that actually understood fibromyalgia. My pain has rarely subsided with conventional painkillers but I did get better relief when I was prescribed morphine.

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