Is it Fibromyalgia?

This is mainly for lower back issues but, unfortunately it went into other areas. Let me tell you what happened. I have had back pain, neck pain and left arm pain, since I was 18. They never found out what was wrong and the pain eventually subsided.

About 4 months ago, I woke up in my bed with such extreme lower back pain, I could barely get out of bed. I had to yell into my partner and he helped me up. I went to the doctor after about a week or so of dealing with this. Within that week of waiting though, the pain went from my lower back, into my legs, arms, shoulders, everywhere.

So, I was sent to a rheumatologist. He diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and started me on a medication called Lyrica. Now, I'm a petite woman, only 4 feet 9 inches tall. I remain roughly around 105-110 lbs. This medication has put me up to about 150 lbs. now. It increased my appetite which is a good thing, because I rarely ate, but, it didn't help my back. When I went for my check up, I was told that if this medication didn't work, then I'd have to come off it and just suffer the consequences.

I'm sorry, but I don't agree with that. Any good doctor would suggest I see a neurologist or orthopedist. I even asked if they could suggest any other type of doctor for me to see. Of course, they're not going to, because they want their money, if I keep seeing them.

He did mainly tell me that there was nothing more he could do for me. I've even asked to be sent to physical therapy, so I can try and get this weight off. I'm in so much pain now, I can't even exercise. I wake up with spasms in my legs that I have to rub out, until the pain subsides.

Has anyone else experienced any of this? Any suggestions? Please write to me. I'm willing to take any and all responses. This is becoming something I have to deal with every day and it's ruining my life. It's ruining my love life, my every day life, and disturbs my sleep, drastically.

Before anyone even asks, yes. I told my primary physician all of this. She doesn't seem to know what to tell me. She doesn't seem to know anything except women's care. So, that's my story, at least for now. You have no idea how hard it was, to type all of this, as the pain is in my wrists, too. Take care and I hope you all get the treatment you need. – Jessica

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