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How long till someone diagnoses me!!

Postby Emilybossy » Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:11 pm

Hello everyone,

I am 20. I work up to ten hours a day as a teamleader in a warehouse and also live on a farm so I do do a lot of work but I am struggling so much. I have loads of symptoms head to toe, brain fog, can't speak properly at times, pain in literally every joint and I have muscle aches that travel around my body. Sciatica pains, chostochondritis, fatigue and non refreshing sleep, plus much more, and I've been to see a new doctor recently. I took an a4 list of pains in with me. He sent me for bloods to rule anything out, they have all come back clear, this morning he put me on 1000mg of naproxen per day for a trial to see if it helps. When I ask him straight if he thinks it's fibro he just keeps saying I'm very young to have it. But there seems plenty of people my age with it. I want to know how to get an actual diagnoses. He hasn't done trigger points or even suggested sending me to a specialist yet. Getting down now because I just want to know what's wrong with me :(
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Re: How long till someone diagnoses me!!

Postby bandj » Sun Jul 12, 2015 12:36 pm

Hi, I'm afraid it can take a while to get a diagnosis. The rheumatologist diagnosed me eventually. But I'd had loads of blood tests before I was diagnosed. I also had other tests which I can't remember what they're called but one was to test the muscles. I first had symptoms in 2011 but was diagnosed in 2013.
you may need to push to see a rheumatologist. I hope you get some answers soon.
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Re: How long till someone diagnoses me!!

Postby Emilybossy » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:10 pm

Thanks for replying,

Ive been to the doctors many times already, bloods done twice and only just been given naproxen which after reading the medicines post I don't hold out much hope of it helping me anyway! I need to see a specialist for sure but each time I mention fibro the doctor just says id be young to have it. Even though I'm not. Just want a straight answer from him! :(
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Re: How long till someone diagnoses me!!

Postby bandj » Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:23 pm

Can you see a different doctor? You have the right to a second opinion. My gp didn't take my symptoms seriously until he sent me to a physiotherapist who said he thought I had fibro and refused to treat me as he could have made things worse. He wrote to my gp telling him that he thought I had fibro and needed to see a rheumatologist. That's when the treatment started but nothing really changed as I am on meds for arthritis.

Ask your doctor what condition/illness you have as he's saying it's not fibro. Ask him to explain why he thinks you haven't got fibro as you don't agree with him saying that you're too young. Print off some info about fibro and tell him the symptoms you have and cross reference it with the print offs.

good luck and let us know how you get on.
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Re: How long till someone diagnoses me!!

Postby Icarus » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:10 am

Hi Emily,
According to most internet sources and books that I have read, it is very common for people your age to 'get' Fibro. I would request for a referral to a Rheumatologist. Like other's have said, it might be an idea to print off some info on fibro to take to your doctor, as well as asking him what he thinks is wrong with you if it's not fibro.

In the meantime, learning to pace yourself (not doing too much or pushing yourself too far) will probably help you

Hope you get a correct diagnosis soon!
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Re: How long till someone diagnoses me!!

Postby Emilybossy » Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:22 am

Thanks guys.

There is no doubt in my mind that I have this condition. I went to 3 doctors just to get my chostochrondritis diagnosis, so I couldn't be bothered for a long time to even try and mention fibromyalgia, because of not having much time free anyway, but I finally made an appointment after a flare. Zombie for days and very bad muscle sensations. So I went in expecting the worst but he did listen to me and sent me for bloods to rule any other things out, but now the bloods have come back clear, so I asked him what now? And he just gave me naproxen for a 2 week trial then I have to ring back. I haven't noticed them helping yet. I took one yesterday but still got cramps in my hand so bad I nearly pulled over and stopped driving :').

So I'm thinking when I ring back and report on the naproxen I'm just going to really push that I'm sure it's fibro and he has no reason to doubt this so I should see a specialist. And then god knows how long I'll have to wait for that appointment. I'm going to start doing a pains diary too for the next time I go in. Hopefully this will convince them.
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