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Fibromyalgia?

A month ago, I have sex once together with contraceptive pills (YASMIN).  After the week, I was caught with flu and cough. Since then, I have experince bad pain at my back. I visited my local GP. He prescibed me with ponstan, uphamol and gas relaxation to ward off the gas.  It did help to ease the pain but was not complete. Following then onwards, I have experince pain trobbing at the back, in between the joint of knees, in between the hip joint, upper and lower both of the legs, at the joints of the arms, in between fingers, at the palm of hands and feet.  Am i suffering from fibromyalgia? Do i need to do a full body check-up for diagnosis?
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Hi Janice,
Your symptoms do not suggest of Fibromyalgia. It is a condititon that affects muscles more than joints. The characteristic feature of Fibromyalgia is a muscle pain mostly in neck, back, thighs, and hips. There is presence of specific tender points in these areas that trigger the pain. Along with this there is morning stiffness in the muscles, brain fog, dizziness and other neurological symptoms.

Since you are suffering from pain specifically located at the joints, and it started after the flu, the pains are related to the viral infection. Most common causes of joint pains are- Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, Gout (especially found in the big toe), Infectious diseases, including Epstein-Barr viral syndrome, Hepatitis, Influenza, Lyme disease, Measles,  Mumps, Parvovirus, Rheumatic fever, Rubella (German measles), Varicella (chickenpox), Injury, including fracture, Osteoarthritis, Osteomyelitis, Septic arthritis, Tendinitis, Unusual exertion or overuse, including strains or sprains.

Viral infection ( Influenza) is a common cause of joint pains. Please consult the physician and let him know about the symptoms that still persist. Please take adequate rest and take a lot of electrolytes. Take multivitamins and multimineral supplements.  Take a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Go for moderate exercises regularly like swimming, cycling, stretching, walking. Taking NSAIDS and pain killers may help you a lot.

Hope this answer helps you. Take care and regards!
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About me its all very personal:
  Ive been a stay at home mom since 2006
I am 27 years old african american been married 4 years
my  blood type o positive

I think its Hypoglycemia?  
Heres what happened one night before bed when i was 17years old i ate a big bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter and suger before I went to bed because i was hungry.The next morning i had passed out on the bathroom floor as a result. I never ate oatmeal before bed ever again. after a few more fainting episodes in college after this incident i think i am hypoglycemic for real. Bread,sugar,pasta Wheat products in general keep me 5'6 and 181 pounds i got down to 168 recently because i went on the paleo diet but as i result i ended up hating meat for good and I eat fish for meat every day which is a shame i think i get joked for it too now because i gave up meat and i still weigh the same as before i started on the paleo diet  i got addicted to eating duncan hines ultimate chocolate brownies  and dairyqueen and krispy cream on cheat days! tastes so good but makes you fat because of the sugar. My lowest weight in life was when I was 12 years old I weighed 138 pounds in college I went vegan still eating bread though I only dropped to 154 pounds thats all. I had high colesterol too. I dont monitor the Hypoglycemea at all really Its something I deal with If I wake up in the morning wanting to through up on an empty stomach thats my fasting hypoglycemia that stays constant daily. I would love to fast for 40days to cleanse the toxins in my body but I would get so sick doing that because of hypoglycemia symptoms.

Now to the Fibromyalgia
I started having arthritis and fibro during my second pregnancy late 2006. My baby doctor told me to not worry about the arthritis and pain from my child bearing hips they said take tylenol and the pain would go away well it did not I found myself lying in bed every day all during my pregnancy because of pain everywhere. I stopped working my excuse was to raise my family but really its because of the constant fatigue and also having two small children. After my second child I decide to as soon as possible have my tubes tied I did the surgery because I did not want anymore stress in my life of having too many children to tend to. And foreal I wanted to loose weight and get healthy I have a natural hourglass figure and I did not want to loose that by sitting around having a whole bunch of babies. I love my two children but two is enough for me.  my mother died of cancer september 13 2008 she was 51 years old she was marreied 28 years had twins a boy and a (girl) me and another son my little brother who is 18 now. She had breast cancer in 2004 and she in 2007 had the cancer  come back she endend up having 10 tumors in the brain 3 large tumors in the back of her brain hitting the optic nerves so she had poor vision as a result the doctor gave her 6months to live and after a few months of radiation she stopped because she could not afford anymore payments to go anymore the cancer spread to every organ in her body bones too and lungs and spleen too  she died and yes who wouldn't feel pain from loosing your mother to a disease like that my moms doctor told me and my brothers to get tested for cancer in the future because of we are now conceider high risk for cancer because of what had happend to her.
This incident made my fibro worse because I was sad alot but I did not want to go on antidpressants because I did not want to be walking around twitching and acting crazy on pysco samatic drugs.My mom died and i wanted to get a check up at the time so i decided to seek medical attention from my gynecologyst all he did was tell me that my body pain was all in my head i cannot get screened for cancer yet because of my age and if I go and take the brac gene test and it turns out positive then it will mess me up getting health insurance in the future. I was so mad! I called the american cancer society and they told me that because of what happened to my mother I am eligeble when I turn age 30 to start getting screened and  tested for cancer.
I have a very supportive husband that has seen me having to deal with fibro symptoms for 3 years now  i have not officially been diagnosed by a doctor for either hypoglycemia or fibro though. I recently this year decided to ditch my gynecologist who i last seen last october seven days after my mom died. The doctor took me in his office and told me my pain was all in my head because my mom passed away from cancer .
2009  i decided to try the family practice physician he listen to my symptoms and sent me to get ultrasounds for my constant right hip pain. And he prescribed flexeril for my back and shoulder pain and told me to tale tylenlol I was taking 8 a day to try to control the pain to me thats too many pills i don't take any meds currently or tylenol I  don't want to depend on flexeril for the rest of my life either it doesn't work for me anyway also my new doctor discovered I have had tumor cysts on my ovaries occuring frequently months at a time I have no PCOS or stds he said come back if I am having more issues but I haven't had the extra money to go back.     I And my hip pain was so severe once the 24 hour Nowcare had to give me crutches to walk i finally went on a quest to find out about this fluelike pain all over causing severe pain in my right hip specifically as well.

MY everyday Symptoms include:
Nausea
sleeping is dysfuntional because I wake up in pain not refreshed!
Itchy watery eyes
Sensitive to light and dark
Fatigue tired
Pain muscular full body (my back muscles stay rock hard to the touch and my veins stay having this burning felling)
blurred vision
Breast tenderness
IBS Symptoms bloating gas constipation I never drink milk but cant stay away from cheese
frequent urination
contantly thirsty
constant tension headaches
ear aches both sides
pizza cravings
Chocolate cravings
rapid heart fluttering at least once or twice a day
stress (housework kids careg iving being a wife theres no one around to watch the kids maybe twice a month)
my periods have no pain anymore growing up I had desminorea sever cramps during my period all I deal with is nausea and no abdominal cramping anymore weird!
it hurts to sleep on a matress even for 2 minutes
sitting on the couch hurts I avoid couches
the computer chair is comforting mostly
I do cry and get moody but thats a female thing not really a symptom




I use cayenne pepper on my food to get rid of my tension headaches it makes my nose run.

Heres my question are ovarian cysts  fibro related too ?And how can I get better? any recommendations?

thanks for your time in responding please let me know something,
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I am 32 years old with 4 kids an I wake up everyday in horrible pain that doesn't go away. I have degenerative disc disease and have had surgery once for a ruptured disc. I also have nerve damage and shooting pain and numbness in my legs. I take hydrocodone for the pain and am also on lyrica.  The lyrica does help keep my legs from jerking uncontrollably but I now also have pain in my knees, hips, back, neck, shoulders. and jaw. My muscles are extremely tight all the time. I take flexoral 3 times a day but it doesn't seem to help. My doctor now thinks I have some type of myofacial disorder. I also take ambian too sleep and sometimes have to take it during the day to sleep because my body hurts so bad I can't take the pain anymore.  Please help with any suggestions of what may be wrong with me and what I can do to ease my pain.
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