May I ask about everyones progression with this condition. How bad was your pain in the beginning when you first realized something was off verses now. Did you have depression and anxiety from the start or was it something that developed as the pain progressed?
I just want to know if my experience matches up to anyone else. My doctor is no help. I have stopped even talking to him about it. He won't diagnose me as having fibro because I didn't feel at the time I was depressed. He ruled out arthritis. Blood work came back fine except for low vitamin D levels. I'm having a bad week and I just need to try and understand.
To be honest, if its chronic pain, then its exactly what its says it is. (Long term pain that will not get better) its about management, acceptance and finding new paths. No not at all easy. For me its wearing and overwhelming. Unfortunately anxiety and depression are part and parcel of it. Which doesnt help and needs to be managed to. Lets face it, its a shit existence at times. But hey we have to stay positve or we will just slide further down the rabbit hole..
By the way everyone has there own means to manage it and there are lots of tips in some of these threads. Good luck G x
Low vitamin D can cause some pretty bad joint pain. If you are unhappy with your care you may want to find another doctor. Hopefully you can connect with someone who will listen and do their best to help you find the cause of your pain.
That's weird. What's fibro have to do with depression? It's no a Psychological condition. I had pain but I was working out. So I thought that was the cause. Then one Sunday I woke up in total pain and it didn't go away. So my doc sent me to a rheumatologist. She dx me. But she didn't treat fibro and sent me back. So I had to find a rheumatologist to treat me. I wasn't depressed. It's common for fibro warriors to be low in vitamin D.
My Rheumatologist is soo certain that fibro is a psychological condition and that I should see a psychologist to talk through everything in my life from childhood up to now and then I should get better over time once all the emotions have been gone thro. Thank you AnimalLover2 for reminding me that it's not psychological but an actual physical condition, a very real and painful condition. The rheumatologist also commented that he's glad that he's at the stage where he doesn't read the medical textbooks anymore as they're very boring and tedious!!! (How does he keep up to date on the latest research and diagnosis?)