Yesterday I had to visit my GP for repeat scripts (why I don't rattle is beyond me) and to ask about certain blood tests I have on a regular basis. I decided to bite the bullet and tell him how sore my muscles were etc etc. He asked questions and gave me the answer I had been anticipating. "I am 100% sure you have FIBROMYALGIA but will do a couple of blood tests just to rule out anything else". I will have them done on Friday morning (have to fast for the cholesterol one) and should have the results next week. I always ask the doctors that I be sent a copy as well and then if everything is OK I don't have to go and worry the doctor again, plus I have records at home I can refer back to.
The doctor printed me out a page explaining what the symptoms of this fibromyalgia are with a diagram of the trigger points that are a sure indicator of the condition. It seems if you have 11 of these 18 trigger points then that confirms the diagnosis. Simple as that. I have checked out several of them and yes, they are a tad touchy. Ouch!! I see my physiotherapist next Monday and will have her test these trigger points just to be sure I've done them properly. JF does trigger point acupuncture so has a good working knowledge of exactly where they all are.
As the doctor said "It is not a life-threatening condition" which I of course knew as I had actually looked it up as I had suspected this was my problem. He said he could give me mild anti-depressants which can help in some cases but we both decided I take enough drugs now so let's give that a miss.
It is a nuisance and I wish I didn't feel so weary all the time but I am determined to keep trying to do a little in the garden when I can and try not to feel too miserable about having another malady added to the list of those I already have. Thank goodness I can still laugh as that doesn't take much effort and if you smile you use far less facial muscles than if you frown so not nearly so tiring. : )
I hope you don't mind me sharing this information with you but unfortunately my close personal friends are no longer with us and it's nice to be able to share. I am not complaining....just saying is all.