i am 20 years old and i believe i have fibromyalgia i hurt in my back in 3 spots across my sholders and under my butt and my elbows i dont get any sleep anymore but the hour or so i do get when i wake up im so stiff in my back that i can bearly move

i just wanted too go ahead

i just wanted too go ahead and put the rest of what i was going too put my doctor wont test me for fibromyalgia because he says that i grew up with a remote control and they dont know my life i have lifted and tugged on my sick family members from the time i was 8 i really believe i have this and i just need too know what too do or if i even have the true symptoms i have a 8 month old daughter and its hard for me too take care of her sometimes becuase the pain i have been going threw could someone tell me where too go or what i need too do to get some help

Hi, brooklyns_mom, Sorry you

Hi, brooklyns_mom,

Sorry you are experiencing such pain. It must be difficult to cope with and, as many here can attest to, not knowing what is wrong is sometimes worse than having an actual diagnosis. Many people are actually relieved to get a diagnosis because it means someone is listening to them.

It sounds as though your doctor is not understanding how your pain is impacting your life. I would suggest that, if your doctor is not prepared to listen, you find a doctor who will. A rheumatologist or a neurologist can often make the diagnosis when a family doctor can't. However, you may need a general practitioner to refer you.

Don't give up. Unfortunately, many people experience pain for a long time before being diagnosed. Be proactive- only you know how you feel, and if you truly feel as though something is wrong, you need to find a doctor who will listen.

Good luck and Happy Holidays! Let us know how things go.

Jennifer Bunn, RN

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