:confused:In 1991 I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It was before this diagnosis was popular. It is a very common diagnosis in the northwest, particularly Oregon, where every 3rd person has this ailment. My brother has Reiters syndrome and my father had the same symptoms (deceased before my brother's diagnosis). He tested positive for the HLA-B27 gene. He told me he felt I had the same thing. I went to several doctors, including 3 rheumatologists. One rheumy's practice was geared to fibromyalgia. I believe this was a cash cow for him. All my bloodwork was negative except for the genetic test. The 3rd rheumy found evidence on my L-spine MRI of much inflammation and I had psoriasis. Thus the diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. I was treated with Enbrel, which made a huge difference, am now on Humira. Have 5 compression fractures in my T-spine. New MRI shows no inflammation in my L-spine. Does this mean I do not have psoriatic arthritis (other symptoms I have not listed here), or does this mean the medication has been very helpful? BTW, I feel too many people are thrown into the fibromyalgia wastebasket because their doctors do not want to dig further for the cause of their pain.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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