I'll start by saying it started when i was 18. one day i was watching tv and i was in real bad pain. ever scince that day, I have been in pain all the time. My neck, back, ribs, everything really hurts. I don't know what it is. I am 24 now and still noone seems to know what it is. Doctors think i'm depressed, I know it sounds crazy but i know what i feel and it's pain. If i'm depressed it's from the pain. I don't know if it is fibermyalga or lyme disease. or something else. I feel like i'm traped in a body of a 60 year old in pain. I'm scared and i don't know what to do. Please help me have a normal life.
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replied February 9th, 2009
Probably fibromyalgia.
I also suffer from the same problems. You should go see a rhuematalogist, they will work much harder to diagnose your problem. It sounds to me like you have fibromyalgia though. Do you have any other problems or symptoMs that concern you?
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replied October 5th, 2011
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Chod17, I know it has been awhile since your original post but I was wondering how you are doing? Did you ever see another doctor or get a diagnosis? I hope you did and are doing better. I can relate to the pain and how debilitating it can be; and, I also can relate to the depression that is caused by the pain. Hang in there and don't give up searching for answers. 10 years ago I had meningitis (swelling of brain & spine) and have not been the same since and getting worse. When the pain did not go away, the diagnosis became Fibromyalgia. I tested negative for lyme (borrelia) but positive for a co-infecton ehrlichia (HME type). The tests for Lyme are not perfect and from what I've learned, can fail up to 50% of the time. It would be important to go to a recommended lab. Chronic lyme can have severe symptoms and is very different than catching it in its early stages. Undiagnosed illness can be so frustrating, but don't give up. It is not uncommon for doctors to brush you off when they can't explain something and say you're just depressed or a hypochondriac. You know what you feel is real. I wish you the best and hope you have found the answers you are looking for.
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replied November 19th, 2011
fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
Hi,im now 45,i was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when i was 22 and fibromyalgia in my late 30's.Im in chronic pain every second of every day and that is no exaggeration.my quality of life is so poor,it does eventually case depression no matter how hard you try to fight it.I work in my own business full time and have a home a family to look after too so do not give into this disease however my life is pretty miserable due to my health.Im on numerous medications yet nothing yet apart from high doses of steroids does any good.I took 40mgs per day of prednisolone for 12months and felt wonderful however i bloated so badly and my kidney started to fail so I came off them and now back to chronic pain.i feel sorry for anyone else with this condition,its miserable and debilitating.
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replied March 15th, 2012
Hi so glad other peolpe have same symptoms thaught I was crazy no matter what I do I am in pain cleaning work have a Hard time getting out of bed I'm hunched over if I sit for 5 10 mins I can't get up ... What do.u think it is
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replied March 15th, 2012
I am in pain every day in the morning I can't walk I clean my house I'm in pain I go to work ( banquet server) in pain does anyone think they know what this is ...
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replied March 15th, 2012
I am in pain every day in the morning I can't walk I clean my house I'm in pain I go to work ( banquet server) in pain does anyone think they know what this is ...
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replied July 7th, 2012
I am 29 years of age and just found out recently that i have fibromyalgia. It is very depressing i cant even walk up a flight of stairs anymore. Its very hard to talk to people cause no one understands our pain. I cant take Lyrica cause it made me really sick. Its sad that the only thing that works is pain meds sometimes. My body hurts all the time and i get tremors and sometimes cant talk.
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replied September 18th, 2012
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Hi ladies, I don't know if anyone is still reading these posts or not, but I thought I'd respond anyway.
I understand what you are going through. It is very difficult to go through life when you're in a lot of pain. It creates huge challenges that most do not understand.
I would encourage anyone in pain to find a compassionate doctor who will treat you the medications you deserve and the respect you deserve. If one doctor is not understanding, find another.
Living in pain long term is something you will need to manage for your overall health. Pain can cause stress hormones to be released and that's not good, especially long term.
Maybe some days are better than others, so you can use the pain meds according to how bad it is.
If it were not for a compassionate doctor who treated me after meningitis who was willing to give me narcotics, I wouldn't have wanted to live. It was so painful and lasted sooo long. Hospitals now ask patients to tell them on a scale of one to ten, how much pain they're in. Why? Because, patients who are not in pain have a much faster recovery time. Patients who are in pain are far less likely to become addicted to narcotics. It is the patients who are NOT in pain who get an up feeling from them that doctors worry about.

heavenlee82, if you are getting tremors and cannot talk, you need to go see a doctor right away. You will need to see a neurologist. That being said, I had neurologic symptoms from Lyme disease and human monocytic ehrlichia. Lyme disease can look like MS, ALS, tumor and mimic many other illnesses. You will need to go see a lyme literate doctor who is aware of all the recent info on lyme disease and treatment. You will have to get the right tests from the right lab because most of the tests doctors use are 50% inaccurate. Please research this, if you think you may have lyme. There are only 3 labs that the specialists recommend in the U.S. Please do not give up and keep looking for answers. I hope you are o.k.
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replied March 8th, 2013
Hi i'm 19 and was just recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, i started having pain when i was 15 and no one believed me. I started taking 2 alive every morning and night to get through everyday. Hoping you get answers quick,but if not, try over the counter pain killers until u do.
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