Hi! We're glad you're part of the team. I was diagnosed 20+ years ago by my rheumatologist. I already had rheumatoid arthritis and in those days, most doctors thought fibro was a hysterical women's disease. Fortunately, my rheumatologist had a fellowship abroad and took it seriously. Over the years, I have tried all of the medications for it and have settled now on Lyrica and Savella and vicodin for breakthrough pain. Whenever there is a trauma to your body, like the back surgery I just had, the fibro will become a bit more active (unfortunately). Being aware of that helps me recognize it and work on it with massage, hydrotherapy and reiki before it really goes wild. I agree with Jae - I have never known anyone who has fibro who has not endured some major emotional and/or physical trauma, rape, abuse, in their lives. It seems that the constant "fight or flight" posture creates the tendency to triggering areas in our back, shoulders, neck and hips while internally our adrenal glands are burning hot and fast, self destructing. There is also a group of neurologists who believe that we have actually changed the pain pathways in our brains, creating people who are in some ways very highly tolerant of pain but who, when subject to too much pain, will actually become hypersensitive to even minor pain. Fibro is a tricky disease. If I can help you, let me know!
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