Fibromyalgia - Symptoms

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The symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?
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Published: June 02

I was around the age of 50 and menopausal. My sleep started to be disturbed by vivid lucid dreams. My legs began to hurt so much after walking only a few yards, and I suddenly became so fatigued I could hardly think. Of course my doctor put it all down to the menopause, yet I knew women didn't fall apart at 50! The aches and pains began to occur all over my body. Some days I felt sore all over. I was finally diagnosed with F.M. 10 years later. Now, after trials and tribulations with many and various treatments and pain killers (not!), I have found relief with Pregabalin and Tramadol with Aspirin/Caffeine. I have found that Tai Chi is most beneficial for gentle stretching and exercise, along with true relaxation which relieves tension in the muscles and the mind. I feel so much better and more in control today, at the age of 63, that I am enjoying a younger lover after 15 yrs of celibacy. Says it all really!.

Published: May 07

My fibromyalgia started many years ago and I didn't know it. I always complained "my skin hurts". The only way I could describe it was it felt like I was sunburned and the slightest touch would hurt. At the same time, I had terrible problems staying asleep. I woke up every hour. I even wrote down the times I woke up one night to give to my doctor. They put me on Trazodone and it works pretty good most nights. Then about 5 years I had an adverse side affect to Simvastatin where it caused severe muscle pain. I truly believe that's what started my fibromyalgia. First it was in my neck, right shoulder and armpit area. I put heat on it until I was burned and ice on it until I was frostbitten but nothing worked. My doctor did about every test imaginable including EMG, and MRI. Finally I was referred to a rheumatologist and was "officially" diagnosed. I took Nurontin (3600mg daily) and Effexor XR for about a year and all that did was make me gain 60lbs. Now I'm on Lyrica, and still on Effexor. At first the Lyrica seemed like it worked but now it just takes the edge off. I just asked my doctor about Topamax which a relative takes for chronic pain and she's looking into it. In the meantime, I just sit on the porch in the middle of the night when nobody's around and cry because I'm so tired of the pain..