December 2, 2017 at 6:33 am #6465
I have had fibromyalgia for at least 30 years. My initial symptoms were fatigue and lower back pain which were manageable, and I also became sensitive to hot and cold.
I’m a 68 year old male still working but struggling at the moment with all the pain. It really kicked in in 1999 with widespread pain and extreme fatigue. I went on to develop pneumonia and during my stay in hospital had all the tests which came back positive with just minor wear and tear to my lumber region. I was discharged and told to get on with it and fought my way back to some kind of fitness again. I then had a breakdown and was admitted to a psychiatric ward following a botched suicide attempt.
Somehow I clawed my way back to normality but as always the underlying issues were always there. Around 2012 I had another flare up with all the usual issues but this time my skin became sensitive around the back of my neck. Lots of tests over a 12 month period and again everything was positive. During this period I managed to work but, and just about hold my job down.
I decided to pay privately to see a consultant rheumatologist who confirmed I met all the criteria for fibromyalgia. This was forwarded on to my general physician (GP) but it wasn’t acknowledged and I was left once again to get on with it. I recovered again and felt ok until about 2 months ago and now going through a bad flare up and feel suicidal.
My GP went through all my notes and dug out my letter confirming I have fibromyalgia and acknowledged the diagnosis. She has put me on Cymbalta 30 mg a day for now and after a week up the dose to 60 mg. I find that I’m sweating a lot and can’t sleep, and I also feel anxious and jittery.
I don’t know how much longer I can carry on, I evaluate my quality of life at the minute and can’t see any future. The impact on my wife is hard for me to take and she doesn’t believe in fibromyalgia, thinks it’s all in the head.
Good luck to all people out there fighting this terrible disorder.