I have an appointment with my family doctor on Thursday and, among other things, I will be asking him to rule out conditions other than my fibromyalgia that may have been making my health worse over the last year and a half.
I've had fibro for over 30 years and have, mostly, been able to manage it. Over the last several years it has become much worse and I haven't been able to work in over a year. The main problematic symptom is extreme fatigue, but I've had a significant increase in tension headaches and migraines, and pain is triggered by much less exertion than ever before (especially in my back and hips). My thirst has become nearly unquenchable, with the resultant increased frequency of need at the other end of things. I've also had an increase in nausea, dizziness, and vertigo.
I have a pain specialist who is evaluating me for degenerative disc disease as he suspects that may be at the root of my back pain, headaches, and migraines.
I also plan to ask my physician to evaluate me for ME/CFS and, hopefully, send me for sleep studies.
I am also going to ask to be evaluated for POTS as tracking my own heart rate and blood pressure indicates this might be a problem. (No one more surprised than me as I've had multiple cardiac studies over my life that never showed any problems. I only started tracking it to eliminate the possibility from my own mind!).
I've repeatedly had my thyroid tested throughout my adult life, with no abnormalities. The most recent test was two years ago when my fatigue started increasing.
I did have a mild vitamin D deficiency, which has since been corrected. No other deficiencies were found at that time.
Past tests have also repeatedly eliminated lupus and other inflammatory rheumatoid conditions. I show no inflammatory markers of any kind. I think I've had the basic Lyme disease screening, but not the more sensitive tests that need to be sent to labs in the States for evaluation.
Anyone have any suggestions of other conditions I should ask to be checked?? I am so frustrated trying to manage my condition that I really want to make sure nothing else is going on.