That is a good question. I've wondered how hormones might affect fibro. Mine started at puberty. I've never gotten pregnant, but some hormone imbalance might have triggered the "fibro gene" in me. Maybe your pregnancy did the same with you.
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Somebody has given you the wrong info. There is no blood test for fibro. It sounds like your doc tested you for something else. You need to check with your doctor about that.
Diagnosing fibro is done by exclusion. That means that they test for other things that might have the same symptoms. If the tests come back negative then they look at the possibilty of fibro. The only test they can do for fibro is to look at certain areas on the body that are known as "tender spots" Basically the doctor feels for sore spots and If they match up to the "tender points" then a diagnoses of fibro can be made.
I hope this helps. Also there is a section on this website that can give you more info.
I forgot to say welcome to the board! You can find a lot of info and support here.
I can really relate. Today I went to the dentist and someone discussed with me the prices of everything I need done. I was nodding but not very clear of what he was saying. He wrote down a few things for me but I couldn't remember what he was refering to and the paper that he gave me was as clear as mud. When I looked at it he had written down a price $197. For what? I know we just talked about that a few minutes ago!!!
Oh, well, another fine day for me. Some days are better than others but I am afraid that people will think I am a drug addict because of the way I look.(sleepy, tired, staggering/losing my balance) and sounding strange (fuzzy speech, trouble finishing sentences, can't remember anything).
Most doctors don't test the thyroid properly. There are more related hormones that they don't test for. All these thyroid hormones work together I'm glad you found someone that that is willing to try that treatment.
I am seeing a chiropracter that wants to test my thyroid the right way. I am hoping that he will find something that will help my energy level.
"I love you and we will get through this together"
I don't know if it is possible for other people to understand, but they can see what we are going through. Everybody knows what pain is, physical and mental, or at least they've had a taste of it.
I used to work in the mental health field and I have learned not to judge. Everybody there was in psychological pain. The causes and severity might have been different but the pain was not and a lot of people looked just fine on the outside I also realized that I was in no position to judge their emotions and how they handled them. What worked for one person may not help another.
So now I don't judge any type of illness, not just mental. And I think most people are very good at hiding their fibro. It does upset me if I am treated like a burden when in fact I have been trying my best not to be. They somehow have everything switched around so it is them that are the victims, not us!
What I'd like to say to people:
Just because my pain is not your pain, does not invalidate it. Just because something works for you doesn't mean it will work for me. Just because I don't work doesn't mean I'm worthless or lazy. Just because I get sad at what I've lost doesn't mean I am having a "pity party" Anybody got anything else to say?
I have been using a natural supplement called Fibro-Response and I have to say that I am disappointed. It has been a couple of months now. All it does is make me sleepy. I'm wondering if it is interacting with one of my meds because there is no warning on the bottle about drowsiness.
This is just my experience and maybe others are different.