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I finally have a diagnosis...and it's Fibromyalgia

Dec 18, 2017 5:26 PM

I am a 38 year old male and I've been suffering with joint and body pain for roughly 10 years. I have seen a wide variety of doctors and all have thought it was Psoriatic Arthritis. I have psoriasis so most jump to that. My symptoms mimic a multitude of diseases and that has made it extremely difficult to diagnose. Today I was officially diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
I am relieved that I finally have an answer as to why I am suffering but I'm stressed and concerned that this is currently a life long condition.

I'd be extremely grateful if anyone has some tips to help cope with this new diagnosis.

Thank you

Jan 17, 2018 1:40 AM

Hi EricB
I have had fibromyalgia for over 25 years. Some of the things that will aggravate your symptoms are stress, weather or over activity. One major thing to remember is to not overdue or push to hard when you are tired or not feeling well. Your body will give you every indication as to what to do or not do. Take care!

Jan 17, 2018 4:22 AM

Heat might help. Heating pad or electric blanket. Try soaking in warm water in tub with 1-2 cups Epsom salt. Also a TENS unit might help.

Jan 19, 2018 12:19 AM

I find the best thing is keep your body warm as much as u can that will decrease overall pain, but its so hard to find out what works for you. If u have the opportunity i would say eat as healthy as you can i heard really helps if you have the money to. I find keeping your body in natural positions that does not stress out your body helps when in pain. Finding a sleep aid really can help the fatigue and exhaustion for some people. Light house cleaning is good to keep your body moving but not over do it. It is so important not to over do it. I over do it all the time and i spend days to weeks laying in bed in pain regreting it. I have a bunch of other things if those dont work. I also struggled with the "i will be like this for the rest of my life" depression so if you need someone i am here.

Jan 19, 2018 6:22 AM

Thank you so much for the tips and support!!!

Jan 19, 2018 10:08 AM

Anytime. Just let us know if u need anything.

Jan 19, 2018 8:22 PM

For me eating really clean helps. I cut out all processed food. It is not a fix but it sure did help. I still eat red meat on occasion but maybe a third of a steak not the whole thing like I did before. Epsom salt baths make a huge difference for me at least 4 cups in a regular size tub and I use 7 in my jacuzzi tub also stay in for at least an hour. I read it takes 20 minutes to pull out toxins and 20 minutes to replace our minerals. Best of luck to you.

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