What Are the Symptoms of Severe Fibromyalgia?

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I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia for about 8 months now but have been complaining for 20 yrs. my dr. Just took note as I hurt so bad I contemplated suicide. Now she listens but only prescribes depression meds and by passes my pain. My hands go numb and feet and arms and left leg. I get pains shooting up my spine and it feels like I’ve been stabbed or shocked by electricity  and can’t sleep. I’m a natural path so don’t believe in drugs do no pain meds. Everything my dr. Gives me makes me go to sleep. My hands are getting weaker and can’t lift or twist withought pain. Holding my arms up is a burden along with walking and standing. I’ve noticed she keeps upping my disagreement of  medicstion, is there no end or help?
As with many other medically unexplained syndromes, there is no universally accepted treatment or cure for fibromyalgia, and treatment typically consists of symptom management. Developments in the understanding of the pathophysiology of the disorder have led to improvements in treatment, which include prescription medication, behavioral intervention, and exercise. Indeed, integrated treatment plans that incorporate medication, patient education, aerobic exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy have been shown to be effective in alleviating pain and other symptoms.
Medications:1)Antidepressants;2)Anti-seizure medication;3)Opioids
Other therapy:1)Cognitive behavioural therapy;2)Mind-body therapy;3)Exercise.
Although in itself neither degenerative nor fatal, the chronic pain of fibromyalgia is pervasive and persistent.
I think you should you find the most important thing is to relieve the pain, have a life.
I'm so sorry your pain is so unbearable. I take Lyrica which is given to help with the nerve pain, which is what Fibromyalgia is. It does make me have muscle jerks & mild stuttering, but it does reduce the pain. There are folks who hate Lyrica & folks who have not had many problems with it. I'm in the latter group. I have so many other pain issues, like Degenerative Disc & Joint disease & Spinal Stenosis, plus chronic fatigue, Mixed Anxiety & Depression disorder, with short term memory & sleep disorder. So.......you need a group of meds & therapy for your mental health & physical health. Also advice about the diet & exercise program you should follow. If your Dr can't, or won't really hear about your pain & other problems, you may need to find a great Rheumatologist & Primary Care physician that will work together. I do understand that you don't want pain meds, but I could not function without my pain & muscle relaxer combo with my Lyrica. I've been taking Opiates for pain in very controlled conditions for 20 yrs & I am not addicted. I've always made it clear for the Drs to keep my level of pain meds to a safe amount & I do urine checks every 6 months to check my levels, & I can only buy my pain meds & Lyrica from the pharmacy where my Dr is. It is about as safe of a situation as it can be. Good luck with your journey to get relief. I'll keep you in my prayers.
Family doctors aren’t allowed to  prescribe Long term pain medicine. You need to find a RA doctor. They are considered  specialty doctors so they are allowed to prescribe long-term pain medicine for their patients
I am glad I read this. Have been wondering why I stay dizzy and nauseous. Also, my hands have recently started to noticeably shake. Is this fibro related?
Hypothetically, when you're pregnant, you may feel dizzy and nauseous. If you lose appetite, you have a chance of low blood pressure, then your hands shake. Is it possible for you?
Hi Melissa, it's better for you to get a brain CT first. Dizziness, nausea, hands shaking are all associated with brain. Let's rule out the disease of brain first, shall we?
With me, I have severe fibromyalgia for 16 years and when it flares up I am stuck in bed.  Sometimes for weeks.   Right now it’s mid-May 2019 and I’ve been in bed for most days since mid December.   Winters, with the damp cold, always are the worst time for me.  I usually start feeling better in April or May.  My main symptoms are all over flu-like achey pain, extreme exhaustion (more than normal exhaustion; I raised 3 boys by myself without having any fatigue even close to this—it’s a whole different sort of fatigue 20x a normal person’s—- they can’t even comprehend ), sharper pain in joints and muscles- especially base of skull, neck, shoulders, wrists, back, hips.   Often hard to concentrate.   Stress makes it so much worse, certain foods, loss of sleep, changes in weather.   I’m on Subutex and Tramadol.

 Cymbalta, aspirin, Advil, Aleve, and anti-inflammatories helped but I was allergic to all so can’t take those.  Not much help with Lyrica or Neurontin.  Neurontin gave me blurry vision which got better after I stopped taking.   BEWARE, if you try Subutex, note that it is addictive and very hard to get off of.   I did over a year ago and it was hell.  It took at least a month of severe withdrawals.    I stayed off for 9 months, but didn’t have a life so I got back on it.