I am a busy mother of four. Fibromyalgia has slowed me down so much I try to keep up with everything but seem to always fall behind. In 2002 I started having terrible pain in my chest. I went to doctor after doctor. Even spent 4 weeks at the Mayo Clinic. Finally in 2008 I was diagnosed by then I had so many other symptoms I felt so crazy a depressed.
My years of having fibromyalgia have been so long, but after 6 years of having no name for my problems I feel so much relief atleast knowing what it is. I am still learning how to cope and things to do to make the pain easier to bear.
In 2002 I began having terrible pain in my lower chest on the right side. I figured it was my gallbladder but all the doctors and test said no. Then I began getting terrible headaches and pain in my joints. Xrays and test said there was nothing wrong. I began having terrible skin problems with boils and my white blood count seemed to always be high but no doctor could figure anything out. I had times where I couldn't stand to be touched. Then flank pain set in but my kidneys were fine. I finally got so bad that I couldn't hardley move and I was so depressed.
My husband at this time packed me up and sent me to the Mayo Clinic. I spent 4 weeks there. They told me my white blood count was high and I did have blood in my urine but the couldn't figure out for sure what was going on. One of the doctors had mentioned fibromyalgia at this time, but it was not a for sure diagnoses.
I went on with life trying to raise 4 children and work full time and deal with my problems internal. I just started telling everyone I was fine all the time but I wasn't I was in pain all the time. Finally in 2008 Ispoke with another lady that has fibromyalgia and she told me she was sure that was what was wrong with me. I went to a rhymatologist and he gave me a definate diagnoses. He was a good doctor but his patient skill were to be desired. I was told about a pain doctor that specializes in fibromyalgia. She is helping me so much, wish I would have found her back in 2002. She has given me medication and taught me to do stretching exercises.
Still dealing with my family even with finally getting a diagnoses they aren't helpful. They still expect mom to be able to do it all and sometimes I just can't. Don't get me wrong I love them all so much. I have twin boys that just turned 15, an 11 yr old daughter, and a 3 year old surprise son. My husband is old fashion and still expects dinner to be ready when he get home and house work is left to me. This is my biggest problem is getting them to understand. My husband doesn't even talk to me about it.
My hope is to one day be able to keep up with work family and life.