So it seems to me that Fibromyalgia is a name which is given when no other diagnosis can be found for these myriad symptoms that we live with - cognitive problems, nerve problems, muscle problems and so much more.
Doctors rule out MS, Lupus, Myasthenia Gravis, Lambert - Eaton Syndrome etc. No other clear test results heading us in a specific direction then lets just say Fibromyalgia and wait. It is not life threatening.
The pain specialist explained that it is an overlap syndrome - it could be autoimmune, it could be endocrinological or it could be an infection. Treat it all the same. Well the treatments - and I've tried a few - are not working. So here we go again looking for a clue, looking for something that will make us better.
Today my hypothesis will be focused around the autoimmunity link? Why? Because I have been told I have an autoimmune condition by a professor and also I already have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroid which is autoimmune hypothyroid condition.
So my assumption is that my "Fibro" is caused by my autoimmune system. I will :
- Look at the autoimmune system in general as it may be impossible for me to diagnose my own condition as there are over 100 known autoimmune diseases
- See what is recommended to help the immune system i.e. what general things can I do to feel better?
- "your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake" MEDLINE PLUS
- "In many people, the first symptoms are being tired, muscle aches" MEDLINE PLUS
Disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) suppress the body's overactive immune and/or inflammatory system
This is going to be a long process so check out what I find here