By:  David Luecht

Men and FibromyalgiaI’m glad I was referred to this post. It is assumed that fibromyalgia affects women only. Men are diagnosed with it also. For over a year and a half, I have had the pain, fatigue, fog, dizziness, numbness in feet and hands, as well as depressive state. I tried to mask it and worked out 4 days a week for 3 years straight hoping whatever was happening to me would go away.

It didn’t. It continued to get worse. I went from heavy weightlifting to not being able to dress myself or stand up without assistance. I had spoken to my primary care provider and frequently discussed the pain and numbness. I was finally referred to a rheumatologist after blood work showed elevated inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis.

I met with a rheumatologist and after a series of lab work and tests I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. I’m on meds and trying to manage the daily pain and fatigue. I’m asked daily if I’m cured now. It doesn’t happen like that. I try to educate myself and others.