I am only nineteen, and I have the same problems. The doctors are not full of it, it is fibromyalgia. It is a recessive genetic disease, and can manifest at any age. It manifests most commonly from the late twenties to fifties, and is often accompanied by arthritis in older people. I had the misfortune off rare pediat if fibromyalgiq, diagnosed in fourth grade. My mother, who also suffers from fibromyalgia, did not beginto exhibit symptoms until her late twenties, after having three children. There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are many ways to alleviate the symptoms. My mother and I see a rheumatologist' who monitors the levels of vitamins and minerals in our blood, and makes sure we take the right supplements. B12 and other B vitamins are especially important, along with magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D. Regular chiropractic care and massage therapy is extremely beneficial, but it is important to telll the chiropractor and massage therapist about your fibro, as they will need to be far more gentle with you than with other patients to avoid hurting you. A consistent, moderate amount of exercise makes a vast difference' but it is imperative that you never overexert, as that will make your symptoms far worse for weeks or even months. Even when carefully managed, the pain is often debilitating, and, over time, the effectiveness of pain medication will decrease. Ten years of fibromyalgia has affected my nerves and the pain receptor in my brain so much that I must take vicodin, valium, and ambien just to sleep at night. Tylenol and other over-the-counter medications have no effect whatsoever, and the effect of the heavy prescriptions is minimal. Fibromyalgia is a rheumatological disease related to qrthrits, so you are more likely to develop that as well. Flexeril and Valium can help with pain by relaxing the muscles, but will do nothing for the joint pain. My fibro is accompanied by hyper mobility, which weakens my joints even further, and causes them to crack whenever I move and dislocate on a regular basis. Fibro weakens the entire system, so you will be more susceptible to illness and injury, and you will recover far more slowly from both. When you are sick or injured, it is far easier to 'overdo', so you will need to moderate your activities and pay careful attention to how your body feels. It is very easy, due to the fatigue, to sleep far too much, and fibro is often thought to be mono until bloods test come back. The only treatments for fibro are lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and the right supplements. Be sure to see a doctor, preferably a rheumatologist specializing in fibromyalgia and arthritis, to monitor your supplements. It is possible to take too many vitamins, and you don't want vitamin toxicity on top of the fibro. There is a prescription that came out recently that claims to help with fibro, but individual results vary widely. It does nothing for me or my mother, but has made a great improvement in the condition of friends with fibro. I had some success with an herbalist for awhile, but some of the herbs reacted with my prescriptions and landed me in the hospital. Either see an herbalist or a medical doctor, but not both (at least, don't take meds from both). Make sure, if you see an herbalist, that you find a licensed natural doctor with a good reputation. Misuse of herbs can be just as dangerous as the right ones can be helpful. There's more to say about fibro than can be easily summarized, and it takes years of very painful trial and error to find the right balance. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or just for support band advice. I know how terrible it is to be chronically ill at far too young an age,and how confusing and frustrating it is to spend years seeing specialists before getting a diagnosis that can't actually be cured, and then few treatments that do help are a nightmare to get covered by any insurance company, if they'll cover them at all. Be prepared to struglle with obesity, as normal amounts of excercise can incapacitate you for weeks. Eating healthy is more important with fibro than most people, because you physically can't exert as much energy as the average person. It's a long, hard road, but you don't really get a choice. You'll need to rely on the love and support of your family to fight it, and be aware of your limitations. It sucks, but the only thing to do is to take care of yourself. Nothing will make a difference overnight, but you can't have any kind of functional life if you don't do just about everything just right. You'll mess up, you'll suffer, but you just have to get back on your feet slowly and steadily. Rushing it makes it worse, and so does resting overmuch. Like I said, you can feel free to talk to me. Having someone ho understands helps, and you can avoid learning some things the hard way, and get back to actually living a lot faster. I wish you luck with the lifelong battle you face, and I want you to know you've got my prayers. Stay St long, and never hesitate to insist on all the help you need. Fibromyalgia is a truly disabling condition, and the ADA protects you just like anyone else. If you're going to collapse from fatigue while waiting for a table at a restaurant, for example, just let them know you have a disabling condition and must be seated immediately or else have seating provided while you wait. Remember that your muscles are weaker and you tire easily, so ask the grocer to load your group series in your car when you shop, and hesitate to use the automatic buttons on heavy doors. Take care of yourself in small ways every day, and you can avoid getting severely disabled. Don't push yourself any harder than normal when you start feeling better, or you'll relapse worse than ever. Let people help you even when you feel alright, and you've got good chance of ramining alright.
God bless and good luck!