I hurt all over, especially my feet and lower back. I can't walk long or be on my feet for long periods at a time because my feet, knees, and back start to hurt really bad. Even sweeping the floor put me down for awhile. Does this sound like Fibromyalgia. Also I drink mostly coffee and Pepsi O. Is the aspartame causing me problems?
First things first. Try to eat & drink more healthy things. That doesn't mean you can't have an occasional pop or soda but don't such the stuff down daily. Drink water instead. Flavor it with a squeeze of citrus if you don't like plain water. Or add some fizz to it if you like the fizz of soda. Research is conflicting regarding coffee, some good, some bad. However, it's best to avoid the sugary coffee drinks available these days. I'm not going to get into aspartame except to say that you should stick to natural as much as possible to minimize any potential longterm risk.
OK, enough preaching. You very well could have fibromyalgia but you'll need your family physician or rheumatologist to examine you to see if you meet all the research criteria. What this means is that we still don't know what causes fibromyalgia, so no, there are no tests (blood or xrays) to determine if you have it or not. We make the diagnosis based upon clinical criteria. With that said, we do run some tests in order to make sure that you don't have some other condition, eg anemia, thyroid or heart disease, that might masquerade as fibromyalgia. Your physician can also look for medications that might lead to muscle aches, eg statins.
If your physician gives you the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, we do have some pharmaceutical options, eg Cymbalta, Lyrica & Savella. However, we would still recommend a improving one's nutrition and getting plenty of rest as a foundation upon which to build one's health. Then add physical activity as tolerated. Good luck!
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