I am going to need those quotes, early November on a Sunday I woke in Agony. The pain in my arm was unbelievable. I was given painkillers by the doctor but even so I had no sleep for a week. I got signed off work for two weeks and I got referred to physio and had traction. I paid for a few massages which helped however, I then had hip pain too, leg pain, back pain, buttock pain ankle pain. I got tested for arthritis, it's not that. I got my results on 20 December but my arm pain felt a bit better so I decided to leave it until after Christmas. However, the arm pain came back with a vengeance and being in pain on 25 and 26 December, I called my G.P who told me he thought I had fibromyalgia and was referring me to a rheumatologist urgently, he did and asked I be seen quickly.
My appointment is on 28 February and I cried that I have to wait so long. I was told I can call daily to see if there are any cancellations. I cannot wait I have terrible trouble coping at work, I mean I can cope but going up the stairs is not easy and it's hard being in pain at all.
Luckily I have healthcare cover with my employment so I am going to look into that on Monday. I cannot believe that if I hadn't I would have to endure this pain for a further two months!
I would be ever so grateful for any information on this illness. I appreciate I haven't got a formal diagnosis but I ache all over and have a burning pain in my arms, legs and hip. I am not asking for medical advice just any ideas of how I can cope with this problem on a practical basis please.