I was recently diagnosed with MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. and Major Depression, and am unemployed, and separated from spouse of 18 yrs. (He lacks empathy and is verbally abusive; my pain seemed to triple) I’m treated with Cymbalta and Lidoderm patches. My rheumy is testing for Celiac Disease & told me to use ice for my nerve pain. I think I had two mini strokes at my former place of work. All of my muscles and joints ache and I do not function. My legs swell and I have petechiae. My eyes itch like crazy and nothing I eat seems to agree with me.My glands are swollen and I’m super tired. I wake up with migraines for multiple days in a row, and have done this for weeks. Also, I am having cognitive problems.I have a few recent events that I have absolutely no memory of. It is difficult to concentrate and problem solve. I’m very accident prone. I backed into someone’s car, had massive diarrhea in the men’s room at Walmart, and asked my neighbor to open a can of soup because I broke my can opener, and the other two can openers I brought to replace the original. Suddenly I did not know how to use a can opener! My left rib hurts, and my whole body has been itching without a rash for over a year. I have been short of breath, and in hindsight have figured out that I was misdiagnosed with asthma years ago. My hands swell with my legs. I’m 41 and my menstrual cycle stopped almost a year ago. My rheumy said my liver is inflamed. I have earaches and hear my pulse when I lay down. When I sweep my tiny doorstep, my biceps kill me. Right now my shoulder is killing me and all I have is Aleve and Lidoderm patch. It still hurts.
When I used to work it hurt to move the mouse, and one day I did not think I was going to make it way down to the toilet! I loose my balance, have heartburn everyday, and urinate frequently. Thankfully my doctor has given me something to help me sleep. However, I do not understand why my rheumy has not given me more medicine or helped with the pain. I’ve only been 3 times. Next visit I’ll take some brownies and beg. God bless each and every one of you as you mange day to day. Thanks for sharing your information and stories.