Originally Answered: How do I know if I have Fibromyalgia? Is it hereditary?
There's a LOT of info on the net about Fibromyalgia (FMS), it could be very overwhelming. To be honest your pain could be a symptom of many things, but it could very well be FMS. Many Docs diagnose it nowadays (there was a time that it was rarely diagnosed.) You should seek a diagnosis of some kind, sometimes you have to be persistent & see many doc's before getting help. I've had FMS my whole life (it is 1 med' belief that it IS hereditary & I happen to agree). I was diagnosed with FMS about 10 years ago, but like I said I had it all my life & had to see countless docs before I got the diagnosis. Now every doc I've seen since confirms it. Once you get a diagnosis there are many treatment options, from pain killers to extreme protocols, some will tell you that you HAVE to exercises, others will tell you that you should rest as much as possible. Well meaning people can be overwhelming too. The truth is, we can only "treat" ourselves, you will know if you are capable of doing exercise or not, etc. It takes quite a bit of time to learn how YOUR body is coping with the illness.
I have tried many treatments, trust me, I've tried so many that my head spins thinking about it, but I can't tell you 1 treatment is the best over another, because it is such an individual illness. A friend of mine is currently on the Guaifenesin Protocol & is doing fantastic on it. Here's the link: http://www.fibromyalgiatreatment.com/index.htm I am also planning on doing it, but it takes a while to prepare for it. I've also been on the Marshall Protocol which is much more controversial & not designed specifically for FMS as the Guif' Protocol is, but it did help me, I tried Lyrica for pain relief & though I know it helps others with FMS, it did not help me. There's more I could recommend, but I suggest looking into the Guif' first.
You have to remember FMS will only get worse if you ignore it. Things may not be too bad right now but they will get worse, there are many things that we do & don't even know it that actually aggravates our symptoms & makes us worse off such as diet or enviroment. Despite what some "experts" say, it IS a progressive disease, no one may have died from FMS that we know of, but it definitely can deteriorate our lives severely. The good news is that you are looking for help, the sooner you treat it the easier it will be for you to control it & avoid it from getting worse. That's the best part is nowadays it IS becoming more well known & doctors are taking it much more seriously then before. So IF you have it, please check out the link I posted, you can't cure FMS, but you definitely CAN control it. You may also want to join 1 of the MANY support groups out there for FMS (or for other similar illnesses such as Lupus, MS, Lyme Disease, etc) Yahoo Groups has some nice ones with helpful advice & support. If you have FMS you will need support.
I hope you find your answers, keep researching but don't become overwhelmed, we can worry ourselves into even worse symptoms if we aren't careful.
Hope this helps, take care