I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia a year ago but I have been struggling with pain since 2005.
It started with a shoulder injury and quickly got out of control. Constant muscle cramps and spasms, inability to sleep, fatigue, severe headaches, sensitivity to smells, sensitivity to weather changes, cold limbs, numb hands and feet. I don't have the tender points though unless it is a very, very bad day which is usually caused by a cold front.
My mom has fibromyalgia and lupus and because of my lack of tender points I don't think I have fibromyalgia. All the blood tests the doctors have ran come back negative, except for inflammation in my system. I usually ask the doctor to press harder on the test points in hopes that the muscles will release.
I found that food sensitivities are a major source of my pain, the IgG antibodies in my system from food are a major source of inflammation. The problem is that the foods l react to seem to change on a regular basis. My first intolerance test cane back with 4 foods I should stay away from, the latest one came back with 30.
I've seen a neurologist, rheumatologist, pain specialist, 3 general practitioners, and a naturopath.
I try to exercise daily (usually an hour a day), I go to massage 1-2 times a month (90 min sessions), I go to physio every 2 weeks.
I make all my food from scratch since pre-packaged will only make everything worse. I do work rotating shift work. I don't smoke, don't drink or do anything considered 'bad'. I only take Advil and robax platinum when I absolutely need it.
I don't think it's fibromyalgia because of the general lack of tender points unless in the middle of a flare up.