So I am new here...hello everyone. I apologize in advance for the length of this post but I want to introduce myself and explain why I am here. I found this site last week when I was in one of my “despair moments”. I was looking for anyone who could relate to how I was feeling. I haven’t posted until now. I have been struggling for years with different chronic pain issues. I would say it started with chronic sinus infections, then chronic pain in my sternum that no one ever figured out. I have had chronic pain, back pain (from bulging disk), olfactory hallucinations, chronic sinus infections, random muscle twitching...well you probably get the picture, the list goes on and on. I know that the pain and frustration does exacerbate my depression but then they will tell you that depression causes the pain. I can’t tell you which came first. Currently, I have pain in my lower body (legs, feet, ankles, knees) so bad that I can barely walk. There are times that my whole body hurts to the point that all I can do is lay in my bed and cry. I have rashes on my forearms and shins that they say is Allergic Contact dermatitis but have yet to help me figure out what is causing it and why it’s just in those places. I have these painful lumps under my skin that hurt really badly in my legs, around my ribs and in my arms. I did have a slightly elevated ESR, CRP, and platelets. I have chronically low B12 as well. So far they have diagnosed Fibromyalgia and Anemia. I can’t tell you how many doctors have looked at me and said “I don’t know how I can help you.” I have yet to find a doctor who is willing to actually listen to what I have to say and really try to help. It’s the most frustrating and depressing feeling in the world. I have been to the edge several times over the last few years. And even recently. So I am reaching out, trying to find people who can truly understand how I feel and what I am going through. I was agoraphobic for several years and was able to pull myself out of it with the help of a therapist. I feel myself slowing sinking again. Well, that’s about the brunt of my story. I hope that I will find some true kindred spirits here that understand. Thank you for reading and I look forward to getting to know you.