Here's a little bit about me and what I have been experiencing.
For the past year or so, I have been having a pain that will come on for no reason in my chest. It's on the left side near the inner breast and the pain will come on out of the blue, mainly in stressful situations, and ache so deeply. When that happens, I can push on that same spot and replicate the same pain. I've had one doctor say they thought it was costochondritis, although, I don't seem to have any of the other symptoms such as breathing or coughing making it worse. It's just a deep, nauseating pain that throbs.
I also have a VERY tender spot directly behind the chest on my back. It's on the left side, too, and is VERY tender to touch. That spot will also flare up and hurt. When these pains either in my back or chest start up, it will also cause pain to radiate down my left arm and sometimes even make my hand feel a little numb or tingly. As soon as I can lay down with a heating pad on my back and relax, it will let up. The next day, my arm will really be sore.
I also have strange aches in different spots on my body like my legs will ache in different areas almost like a cramp is about to start but doesn't. My feet ache a lot after walking long distances especially my toes. They will be so sore to bend the next day. I almost hobble around the entire next day. Or, the pads on my hands near my thumbs will be very tender for no reason one day and then fine the next.
My latest doctor appt regarding the pain in my chest and back resulted in her thinking it was my back muscle causing spasms and maybe costchondritis or my stomach causing that chest pain. She prescribed me a cortosteriod to take along with an anti-inflammatory. She also suggested I get a baseline stress test just to put myself at ease that it's not heart related.
So, that leads me to the question of whether any of this sounds like fibromyalgia. My mother was diagnosed with that years ago and she deals with it. Could I possibly have this just by inheriting it? I know that I have a low pain tolerance and just touching or grabbing me too hard will result in a lot of pain. I found a fibro checklist online and have almost all of the symptoms listed. I also read that there are several trigger points that must be tender to touch in order to be diagnosed and the points I've touched are.
How did you get diagnosed? I feel kind of weird going back to my doctor and now mentioning that I think I may have fibro. Wouldn't the doctor figure that out and suggest it?
Just curious how you were diagnosed whether you had to mention it to your doctor first. Also, how do they treat that? My mother said she doesn't have any medication for it but just has to live with it.
Thanks so much for your input and sorry this was so long. ;)