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New here and newly diagnosed

Postby sarahqueen » Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:48 pm

Hi there,

After getting costochodritus last July and having chest/back/shoulder pains for months on end, I started seeing a physic. The pains got no better so she suggested a load of blood tests to my GP. They all came back negative so I decided to ask the GP for a referral to a rheumatologist. After he prodded me all over, he said I have FM but only a mild case. I have tenderness in 12 of the trigger points. The more I read about FM, the most depressing it sounds :( And I just keep wondering if mine will get worse. I constantly over do things and I don't see a way out of it but I don't want to get worse!
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Re: New here and newly diagnosed

Postby sarahqueen » Wed Jun 06, 2012 9:19 pm

Any hints and tips would be great! Hope do you know when too much is too much?

Thanks,
Sarah
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Re: New here and newly diagnosed

Postby *Lisa* » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:22 am

sarahqueen wrote:Any hints and tips would be great! Hope do you know when too much is too much?

Thanks,
Sarah


HI sarah & :welcome:

For me it took many years to learn what my body liked & didnt and what triggered flares and what limitations i had etc...

Now tho there are alot of pain management courses available that can help and CBT therapy all which speacialise in pacing yourself and managing/controlling symptoms and also helping you to recognise triggers.

Ask your GP and also maybe he can refer you to the pain clinic they have alot of extra options for people living with chronic pain and a physiotherapist.

I also have the delights of costochondritis... I have an inhalor to help me breathe when im having that :elephant: on my chest feeling. I also take a medication called spasmonal to help release the stomach/sterum tightness which also helps. I apply freeze gel around the ribs/back/neck & shoulders. Make sure you eat little and often as being full / bloated can agrivate symptoms. I have a physio who streeetches each rib muscle owwwww :shock: and does trigger points to help.

In some cases there are steroid injections that can help with costo but i was turned down because iv fibro :roll:

Anti-inflammitries help relieve some pain & any inflammation around the cartilage.

Its a very comman fibro associated condition alot of us have this and can sympathise and also help and support you :hugs:
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Re: New here and newly diagnosed

Postby sarahqueen » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:36 am

Thanks. I remember the physio saying that my stomach was very tight and since then, I have been getting acid reflux. It might be worth asking my GP about the tablets you take!

I've got low iron so am taking tablets but they have made me so bloated, it's horrible!
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