Unfortunately yes. While scientific literature might suggests that fibro is not a progressive disease, most of us on this site are experiencing it otherwise. My pain started out as a fairly localized lower right rib cage pain/suspected costochondritis, which gradually expanded to the back, than to the left, then upper back, followed by bilateral shoulder pain (all the time, like after exercise muscle pain, without excercise), followed by bilateral upper arm ache (all the time), add muscle twitches not much after these, soon after, shooting pain all around body, electric shock pain mostly back areas, feeling of unsteadiness, constant dizziness, brain fog, severe anxiety, muscle cramps and twitches on major muscles groups, tingling, numbness, followed by 6 weekly rotating areas of muscle stiffness feeling from neck to, abdomen, to legs. Feeling of heavy legs. Gastro problems, from reflux, to IBS like changes and pain. It feels like an illness gradually consumes you than lingers around to torture in ways unimaginable both physically and mentally, driving us to depression, anxiety and a constant doubt whether the symptoms are "just" fibro or it is something very serious, from cardiac disease, to gastro, to neurological, to multiple sclerosis. I would say it is progressive because it never lets you go and will always find to way to surprise us with something new, even more worrisome. Because of the constant worry, pain some become irritable, snappy, sad, depressed, lose friend, employment, independence and quality of life. The medication which suppose to help us rarely works and their side effects seem to push us further down into the unknown (all the confusing sensation, pain, whether they are just side effects which are often worse than fibro symptoms themselves.) Some of us have much worse pain, than others, or much more wide spread problems than others, but to a degree our experiences are similar. Hugs and hope to all fibro mates.
Stress is hard to avoid. You certainly are having your share of it. Hoping things get better personally and health wise
@A MyFibroTeam Member well said, you describe me in a nut shell always sick never know what tomorrow will bring.Just turn fifty and feel like eighty. Wish I could chat with you because I think we going through the exact same thing.
Yes, it is progressive. Look up the six stages of fibro online.
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