i'm a 33 year old female and i was dx with fibro a few years ago. i've never been able to get it fully under control and have tried several different medications, aquatic therapy, physical therapy, etc. i've actually ended up being allergic to many medications (muscle relaxers and ppi) that i had taken for quite some time. now my dx is in question. should i listen? could i have been misdiagnosed? i also have chiari malformation, hypothyroidism, cfs (now in question as well i suppose), splenic artery aneurysm, bicuspid aortic valve, depression and anxiety (i don't think thats my whole list). my symptoms include:
several different types of headaches; classic, common, and complicated migraine...possible cluster headaches, what i call lightning bolt headaches (cluster?)
dysphagia (eosiniphilic esophagitis)
i feel very heavy at times, like i'm trying to walk thru water
severe neck/shoulder pain
i tend to drop things when i am extremely tired
extreme chronic fatigue (never, ever feel rested)
turning my neck in any direction even a little is very painful
lower back pain/spasms (although does not seem to be related to the TOS)
dr did the arm test and said my heart skipped 2 beats and faded at certain placement. i cannot hold my arms above my head. most of my pain is centered around my neck/shoulders/back of head. i have never heard of thoracic outlet syndrome before and he believes my fibro dx is wrong. i cannot have any diagnostic testing (ct, mri, etc) due to insurance, but have had them regularly up until late last year. i've read the arm placement test is not really enough for a correct dx for this issue. will my scans from the last 1-4 years show anything? does anyone else have any experience with this? thanks so much.
Nicole, ever had a Hysterectomy/endometriosis? I am not saying that as a joke, but a common problem considering your symptoms. I believe either Lymes Disease or a Mycoplasmal bacterial infection. Search IMMED or www.immed.org. Also compare your symptoms to Lymes through CANLYME. Also search ILADS (www.ILADS.org) to find a Dr near you that believes chronic intracellular bacterial infections. Also researh IGENEX labs and Lymes and coinfections testing. Your symptoms are VERY much Lymes/Myco.
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