I don’t want to offend anyone. Please realize that when I say that I think Fibromyalgia is a bullshit diagnosis, I’m not saying that your pain doesn’t exist.
Before I was diagnosed with Lupus, about a year to be exact, the local rheumatologist told me I had “Fibromyalgia” and put me on Cymbalta. She didn’t bother to run any tests, or even really examine me. I listed my symptoms and that was the extent of her assessment. The Cymbalta didn’t help my pain.
It took until my toes were turning black for her to test for something else.
Being “diagnosed” with Fibromyalgia can be a very dangerous thing. As a person with multiple health issues, I know how easy it is to just assume new symptoms are caused by the diagnoses I already have. Fibromylagia puts the brakes on investigating other causes. It’s “mysteriousness” leads people to believe that everything they are dealing with is already being treated to it’s full capacity.
My current rheumatologist doesn’t believe in Fibromyalgia as a diagnosis. When I first started seeing her, and told her about my Fibro diagnosis, I got “You don’t have fibromyalgia” in an “oh brother” sort of voice.
I believe there to be many diseases that present “fibromyalgia-like” symptoms, therefore I feel fibromyalgia to be a symptom, and not a disease by itself.
I urge you not to let a Fibromyalgia diagnosis keep you from continuing investigating what is really wrong. You could have a very treatable illness and not know it. While my Lupus isn’t exactly “very treatable” at the moment, I’m on infusions that are protecting my organs. I can’t imagine the damage I would have now if I had just stuck with the “Fibromyalgia” diagnosis.