OK, so this type of discussion is new to me, so hopefully I will be able to relate my experiences clearly. (This is pretty long, but I really need some opinions, so please read it all if you can.) I am 37, married (happily!) for almost 18 years, and the mother of 5 children: girl-15, twin girls-13 1/2, boy-11 1/2, girl 8 1/2. I have struggled with major clinical depression for about 11 years. In that time, I have been hospitalized (suicidal) 4 times, and had 2 rounds of ECT (shock therapy). I am on medication for - depression - Wellbutrin 450mg daily; Prozac 80 mg daily anxiety - Xanax, .5-1 mg 3 times per day and 2 mg at night insomnia - Trazodone 225 mg nightly cholesterol - Lipitor 20 mg daily ulcerative gastritis/esophageal erosions - Nexium 40mg daily I take 800-2400mg of ibuprofen daily and at least 3 Excedrin tablets daily. I had a wreck about 20 years ago that knocked my hips about an inch out of place to one side and gave me whiplash. I have had low back pain for as long as I can remember, but it has gotten worse with pregnancies and age. Over the past 6 or 7 years, I have noticed that parts of my body are very tender to the touch, for example, my upper arms, the upper area of my chest, my thighs, parts of my face, etc. I have a strange almost-numb feeling on the outsides of my thighs, and when I lie on my right side, sometimes the area will tingle. For the past few weeks, my neck and upper back have been killing me. My husband is a massage therapist, and has said my traps are the muscle group hurting. When he puts pressure on a spot between my shoulder blade and spine, pain streaks up to the top of my shoulder, and then up my neck to a point on the back of my head. I am seeing a new chiropractor, and am getting some relief, but not enough. I am taking Flexeril almost every day. I saw an orthopedist today about my low back and hips. He said all of my bones look healthy. (I do have a couple spots of osteoarthritis in other places.) I am under what I consider to be a large amount of stress currently. I was in my 3rd semester as a chemistry major this fall when I had to withdraw. One of my daughters is experiencing constant joint pain, and we are scheduled to see a rheumatologist Tuesday. Lupus is a possible diagnosis. My husband works 1 full time and 3 part time jobs. (he's not home much, but is amazingly helpful when he is.) Anyway, add all that to my pain and daily stressors, and it's kind of a big mess. I have always thought I just had a low pain tolerance, or that my pain was kind of an effect of depression. Aside from my back and neck, I don't have a lot of chronic pain. The thing I really don't understand is how tender to the touch parts of me are. So, anyone have any theories? If it could be fibromyalgia, why have I not been diagnosed? I have seen family practitioners, internists, orthopedists, chiropractors, and psychiatrists. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks for your time reading my novel! View Thread
Oh my word! I thought my achy breasts and soreness around where the band goes was just because of my aging and weight gain. You guys sound just like feel! I don't have any that are comfortable! The flip side th=o that, though, is that if I go too long without one, then I will get moderate pain on the outsides of them, under my arms almost. It feels like pulled muscles, sort of like they just can't hold the weight anymore and I have to put a bra on!View Thread
Thank you so much for your response! This is indeed a stressful time for my family. I have been absolutely craving sugar/candy/cookies, which is strange for me. I will try to get the name of a good adult rheumatologist from my daughter's on Tuesday. Thanks again!View Thread
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