My name is Melissa and I’m 49 years old. I’ve been married now to the same man for 28 years! He has been my rock during this time of having to deal with this roller coaster of a ride.
Eight years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was experiencing all over achiness in my whole body as well as fatigue. I was referred to a rheumatologist for my symptoms and diagnosis. My sister had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia before that, often running in families.
The doctor told me that there weren’t any blood tests or x-rays confirming it was fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a very different kind of disease. Overall the symptoms are the same but they vary person to person and in different intensites of pain.
I was put on medication and I managed for awhile. But, I noticed that in the colder months my pain would get worse. I had to switch medication a few times. One would work for awhile and then I would develop more symptoms or the same symptoms would get worse.
What I didn’t know was that my chest pains that I had for years might have been due partly to the fibro. My husband is the kind of guy who likes to research everything on the Internet. He found that it is quite common for someone with Fibromyalgia to have chest pains. I was also seeing a cardiologist at the time. They ruled out any heart condition. Another thing that I found causing my chest pains was having gluten in my diet. Once I cut it out, my pains diminished. I still have flare-ups, only because I have a hard time giving up some of my favorite foods, such as bread and cereals. I have tried to eat gluten free items to solve that problem.
Other problems I was having was trouble sleeping. When I did sleep, I woke up tired. I didn’t realize until recently that going through perimenopause for the last few years had something to do with my fibro. It turns out that the hormone levels fluctuating can cause all kinds of problems, including the fibromyalgia.
I am always happy to learn things I can do to minimize the pain. I want to educate myself and help others who are suffering by researching the latest treatments and options for fibromyalgia sufferers.