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Could My Fibromyalgia Really Be MS?

Postby Jazin95 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:28 am

Hey, as some of you know I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia last year and I honestly feel like my situation is gradually getting worse. As I have posted before, my balance has been terrible, so bad that I have had 10-11 falls over the last 12 months and eventually bought a walking stick to help. I went to a GP because I was worried and she mentioned MS and tested my waking and said that it was just the shoes I was wearing however, I’m not so sure on that (I don’t always wear the same shoes). She ordered a blood test and made me book an appointment with my normal doctor, nothing more.
I’ll be honest normally I am really chilled about my health and hate booking appointments because “I’ll be fine!” But this time I had no idea what MS meant and looked through various credible health websites for what it was, that probably wasn’t the smartest thing. Here is what I found that I deal that may be concerning:

uncomfortable sensation shooting down your back into your arms or legs when you bend your head forward
abnormal weakness in any part of the body
difficulty moving any part of your body (This isn’t all the time for me, mostly on bad days)
changes or abnormalities to your vision
abnormalities with your eyes (I have to wear glasses to read, thats really annoying when I am a violinist)
arm pain or discomfort
pain or discomfort anywhere in the legs (including the foot and ankles)
neck pain or discomfort
involuntary muscle twitches
pins and needles (I get this a lot when I am studing in my hands and what not)
urinary urgency or hesitancy (This is new for me)
constipation or urgency

So, do I have any valid concerns, I have been thinking about this for a while now as I have come to grips with having fibromyalgia and using a cane. I just want know for sure, but I know that MRI’s are not cheep.
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Re: Could My Fibromyalgia Really Be MS?

Postby Northernlass » Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:52 am

Hi Jazin95, I understand your concern about MS. At first, I was worried I had MS, but was then diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. All the symptoms you have described are Fibro symptoms, as I experience them too. But if you feel that your diagnosis may be wrong, be persistant until you are reassured that you don't have MS. There are so many symptoms with Fibro that it is difficult to tell if it is something else and so easy to blame every new symptom on Fibro too. I hope you don't have MS and you find some peace of mind. Best wishes.
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Re: Could My Fibromyalgia Really Be MS?

Postby LindyM66 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:52 pm

Hi Northernless

Funnily enough, the same thoughts have been in my mind lately.
The symptoms of MS and FM are so similar- just a different reason for the symptoms.
There are specific tests to diagnose MS, unlike FM. One being an MRI. Speak to your GP of your concerns and ask to be referred for one. I intend to do this in the New Year. More to put my mind at ease as some of my symptoms seem to have progressed/changed.
The stuttering is doing my head in. Im "wobbling inside". And on the outside! Walking into everything.I feel like parker from the thunderbirds at times lol

Do what you need to do, to ease your mind.

Much Love to you
Lindy x
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Re: Could My Fibromyalgia Really Be MS?

Postby LindyM66 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:53 pm

Apologies. Response to Jazin :-)
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