Hello everyone. I am new to this community and decided to join in hopes to be able to better understand what I am going through.
I am 42 and work full time along with being a wife and mother. I started have mild pain in both arms and chest with daily headache about 2 years ago. Due to family history of heart disease, I had a heart catheter performed which came back normal along with normal bloodwork. I then blew off the symptoms until the pain started to intensify in my arms and spread to other parts of my body with severe neck pain. MRI normal except for some bone spurs. After thinking I was overreacting, I decided to wait and see if things would improve. Of course not. So, I returned to the doctor and they sent me to a pain specialist to have an EMG done. Boy, that wasn't fun. That also came back normal.
I was becoming so frustrated that nothing was being found for the pains, so again I waited. In the past few months, I have now noticed "dead arms" while I am asleep on top of all of my other symptoms. This happens almost every night with at least one arm this way or both. It doesn't matter how I lay, this still happens. Once I try to move around, the feeling comes back but no "pins and needles" feeling. They just seem to finally wake up.
Anyway, I just recently went back to the doctor to have some more bloodwork and a few xrays. Again, all normal except for some arthritis in my hips. The doctor is stating he is leaning toward fibromyalgia and he gave me some Cymbalta to try but a little scared to start this med. Basically, I do not know what to do at this point. I guess you can say I have been somewhat diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
I guess I am posting on here to "vent" a little as my frustration to being in pain everyday is really getting to me and be sure that I am not going crazy and that this does exist. I have always been a very active person in sports since I was a child. I never would have thought I would be like this to the point that daily activities are too much for me.
Luckily, my husband has been supportive as he had a herniated disc that caused him a lot of pain, so he tries to understand and be sympathetic. I am hoping by talking with all of you, it will help me cope with this. I do not want to get to the point of not wanting to do anything because of the pain and being tired from not sleeping, but I am getting close. It takes every ounce of energy I have to do any normal activities, but I continue to try to put a smile on my face and act like nothing is bothering me.
Thank you both for your replies. Getting more sleep would be a wonderful thing. I am trying to do more research so I can learn more. I have found when I have talked to people, including my employer, about how I feel, they look at me like I am crazy. They say I am just stressed or getting old or maybe I am going through depression, etc. I quit telling people things to avoid these conversations because they do not listen or understand.
At least here I can read and communicate with people going through the same things I am. I am glad I have found this!