My muscles almost always feel bruised. All muscles, all my life. If pressed lightly, it hurts. If pressed moderately, pain. I have had headaches all of my life. My headaches have increased, 1-2/week and can last 1-3 days+/-. When I am having headaches, my scalp, neck, collarbone, shoulder muscles knot. My shoulders feel like they're trying to reach my ears and my whole body feels like it is scrunching up. If I press certain muscles while I'm having headaches, it makes me ill and a few areas, such as eyebrow ridge and collarbone, almost make me pass out. When I'm like this I can hear my muscles pulling when I stretch. My joints hurt most all the time, headache or not. After my headaches, it can take 24 hrs +/- to recover. I am female, 60 and considered to be a very calm person. I am as active as I can possibly be (even watching T.V., I'm doing something) and currently I am working on remodeling my home. I have been to all kinds of specialists, spent 10's of thousand on chiropractors (they hurt). Electrical stimulation is excruciating. I won't take any medications that "down" me, I've tried dozens. I can't get a massage because it hurts. I've recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but that seems to fall short? The only thing that seem to help a little is my jacuzzi (97.5 degrees and no jets, they hurt) but I can't spend all day in the water! My body just doesn't relax. I have never been flexible. I joke that I have linebacker muscles. To this day, my muscles naturally have good definition, as though I work out. I don't. But when I did, little effort for big results. I have given up going to see doctors and specialists. And truth be told, I am weighing my quality of life. I have lived with this as long as I can remember, but the increased frequency and duration is taking a serious toll. I'm tired, it's harder to stay active, to push past the pain, to stay positive, to keep up with daily chores...I'm down so much, I just can't seem to catch up.
What is going on? Is there something everyone has missed?
Side notes: The worse I feel, the more I want to "crack" my joints...knuckles, toes, ankles, wrists (just flexing causes cracking noises), neck (neck will catch so I rarely do this). On the last 5+ yrs, when my headaches are very bad, I sometimes have very bad bouts of belching. I had great posture, but less so now, I'm currently trying a posture corrector off & on to see if it helps. And I've been told I have a "military" neck/spine positioning?