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not sure if fibro or not

Ok so i have a few questions before i describe my situation. the first is that i had an esr sedimentation westgren test and my result was 2. It was within normal range but on the low side. The range was 0-15. does a low score indicate minimal inflammation? Has anyone had this?

Ok so now for my situation... Basically i have pain everywhere....i have back pain along the whole spine, i have leg pain mainly in the quads, and knee pain. i also have pectoral pain at the armpits and where it touched the top of collar bone at pressure point.
this all started in september when i was working out with very heavy weights(i have been lifting for a decade before). I did something to my leg because it contracted and since then there has been severe atrophy and i have trouble walking. my other leg has since become the same(even though it wasnt bad in september its bad now)...my knees now hurt even though they didnt then....my pec didnt hurt then either but i continued doing upper body and my right pec strained....but after resting everything my left pec now hurts too.

it seemms to more that i rest, the more my body hurts....even i have tmj pain, and i also have hand pain at times.

idk though if it's injury related or what. i have had a clean mri of my legs..and my mri of back is coming up and i suspect i have herniated some discs...but the fact that things are getting WORSE EVEN THOUGH IM RESTING MY BODY MAKES ME THINK THIS IS FIBRO?

im in my 20s for anyone curious.


  • ITs a process of elimination. They test for a bunch of other things to rule out other issues one by one. I was told that then if the symptoms are there they are sent to a another specialist. I have been suspecting that I have fibro also. I brought it up to my neurologist and she said that I need to deal with one thing at a time. I am already doing the things that they would prescribe if I have fibro( gabapentin, cyclobenzaprine, meds for headaches, and physical therapy). She also said that all the tests that they would need to do to eliminate would be time consuming and expensive.
    Tracie C
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    Fibromyalgia becomes a 'catch-all' for patients in chronic pain and with no definite diagnosis based on diagnostic tests.

    Some of the symptoms are similar to what people suffering from osteoarthritis are. The joint pain, fatigue and difficulty moving around. Parts of your body may also be sensitive to touch. The list if symptoms are long and is just one of the reasons the formal diagnosis is hard and why many times, people are told that that is there problem.

    Statistically, women are 10 times more likely to have fibromyalgia then men.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,816
    The only problem with process of elimination is most doctors are not versed in everything that could be a fibro mimic. The list is so unbelievably long it can be overwhelming . You need to understand what fibro is exactly and I am sorry but that requires asking doctors to explain, reading books and in my opinion looking online at the weath of info the forums, the articles by large hospitals and doctors.( I say this with the belief you have common sense and will not believe everything online is what you have). Fibro is to often a relief valve diagnosis when true issue can't be found. Above all it's something you yourself must be involved in, get to a fibro specialist not just a rheumatologist, I found one who wrote a dang book and he said you don't meet the criteria ,( many doctors had told me prob fibro) which I already felt from reading was not true and he was absolutely right as a teaching hospital eventually found a testable diagnosis that answered my issues. Knowledge is power
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,816
    edited 02/12/2015 - 6:56 AM
    That statistic may have alot to do with men being underdiagnosed and under-reported I am told from fibro specialist, the statistics are greater but not by that large of a degree. Whether thats right or wrong I dont know but he is considered an expert in fibro reasearch so I trust him.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • the problem is that i dont know if my pain is from injuries or fibro. it also seems that i have more aches now that i have taken off from lifting vs when i lifted.

    i have a question..when one has fibro is the pain they have from actual damage/tears in the muscle or is it just from another cause? like if i had a pec tear then lifting weights would damage it..but if i have fibro pain causing the chest pain and not an actual tear is it safe to still lift?
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    I would get the approval of your doctor.
    Who knows, the lifter may be causing you more problems

    We have a number of members here who are also weight lifters. Many of them had spinal surgery and therefore had to restructure their weights. Couldnt do as much or as fast as they did before, but they were able to continue.

    BUT with doctors approval
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • the neurologist told me to go light with the lifting and i have no problems...doctors typically dont like the ehavy lifting and dont understand it.

    what im asking is if the fibro pain comes from actual muscle tears or if the muscles are fine and it's just a problem somewhere else.
    thanks and hope it makes sense.

  • First Dr appointment /exam by my Primary in 8-10 months.
    In short, his conclusion was to prescribed additional anti-depressants..... Effexor/ Venlafaxine and state I'm pretty sure it's Fibromyalgia

    He handed me a wrist brace to go with the arm sling and soft C-Collar I've had to use since PT 60 days? (See Post)

    I went in asking for an EMG again and 2nd opinion from neurologist to see what PT did to me and a change of PMs not a nice lady, apparently I can do so without a new referral?

    What I got was:
    My physical exam was done with the Dr sitting in front of me while I was also In a chair I'm sure for my comfort but I made the trip do what you have to do!

    He touched new pain points briefly made me scream out, I'm pain especially my chest an arms. I did not scream when he did my knee he said I did show discomfort.

    I did not know about pressure points relating to Fibromyalgia
    My study is just getting started
    I'm not buying anything they say!

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