Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

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Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby BusyMumof5 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:13 pm

I even took my husband in, to back me up about how tired I am (Getting up at 2pm, back in bed by 3:30pm)!!!!! and she says I am depressed.
I've made a list of common fibro symptoms, those that I experience, beginning with the frequent migraines, the achey, heavy pains in my whole body, especially my legs and my collar bones, the 'fog' when I forget things and say things the wrong way round - an example, 'I'm just going to get kids for the chips' and when i feel so dizzy I almost fall over.
(I can't remember what else I put now, lol)

but anyway, she says I am depressed and have been put on 10mg Citalopram..

I told her that I have suffered ptsd and pnd before and this is not depression but she did not listen, She will not refer me on, I am now clear of this.
The other female doctor said to me 'whats the point in diagnosing something we can't treat?'
The rest of the Gps in my practice are rubbish to say the least and because we live 'out in the sticks' I can not join another practice. I am at my wits end here - this pain is real damn it and it is NOT DEPRESSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :swear1: :swear1:

I have also been referred to a gynecologist for a laparascopic surgery because of ongoing concerns I have Endometriosis - and even though this is strongly linked with Fibro.. I am still ''depressed''


Give me a wall while I knock myself out please!!!! x
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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby shazq » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:34 pm

Hi
Here`s a :banghead:
Sorry you did not get very far with your Gp :evil: :banghead:

You will just have to keep going back to your gp and tell them you need something for the pain you are living in.
You could mention it to the gyne when you see them not sure if they would be able to refer you to a rheumy :dunno: but its worth a try.

Its makes me cross what they say 'whats the point in diagnosing something we can't treat?' thats rubbish we are all on meds and the NHS has a web site on fibro.
You should print this out and ask your gp to read it, then they might believe you. :tongueout:

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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby denys » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:44 pm

Agree with Shaz, all you can do really is to keep trying 10mg of citalopram wont help depression anyway 20mg is a maintenance dose, but 10mg can help with pain!!??? :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: it helps ease that anyway
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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby BusyMumof5 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:28 pm

It's days like this where even I doubt I have Fibro, but then on a bad day, a 'flare' or when I take days recovering from something I think 'arghhhh.... this has to be it'

I will definitely ask the Gyne if he can refer me to Rhumeys...
I was just talking to a friend about the 'why diagnose it' comment and said it's not about diagnosing something you can't treat because there are many people on medicines that are helping them live life better and that's what I want to do. I want to become the Mother I was instead of being so tired I can't even read books with my children, all I can be is like a log, that they come and cuddle up to, I feel disabled with pain at times and this is not depression, how she can say that is beyond me!

She is clearly never ever going to realize fibromyalgia is real, she's just trying to find reasons for it, and because last year I had a low patch while preparing for my daughters cardiology appointment she is trying to suggest I am still depressed.. I am not.. I am over it, I really really really am... I am fed up yes - but fed up of being ill and suffering and no one 'professional' wise listening! x

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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby ciderpig122 » Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:37 pm

:wave: hi

Its like a lifelong rollercoaster, I got a diagnosis after 7 years (ish) and it was awesome, for about 3 days, then smack bang in the face its like WOAH! im stuck with this s*** and it aint going away

I am just trying to coach myself to be positive and fight for myself, Aint nobody gonna stick up for me, so I ahve taken to buying stamps (load all overhouse) writing letters to people begging for help, and asking someone reliable and non fibrofogged to remind me to post them LOL

I just won a small victory at work and am allowed to take my own backrest in and my GP has agreed to refer me to a private specialist rheumy but its meand a drainign 3 weeks of reasearch and letters, dont give up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cup1:
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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby viota » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:04 am

have you considered changing doctors?Or practice to find a more understanding doctor.It makes me so mad when they say its all in your head.It's not its very real.If you dont want to move doctor print off info and show it to the doctor keep going back until they understand.There is medication you can get to relieve the pain but here in ireland the only strongest med they will give you is difene and solpadeine.Im sure you would get more relief where you are :) :goodluck2:
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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby denys » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:32 am

I agree with Viota, a change of doc is definitely something you could consider, fighting with one who doesnt recognise FM is disheartening everyone is right there are meds that can help and :welldone: ciderpig, you go girl small victories add up

Busymumof5 you have the right to live a life as pain free as possible and that is why your current doc is wrong completely :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: you find the help you need and sending some gentle :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: and :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: to cheer you up :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs:
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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby guesstimation » Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:16 pm

It's awful when you don't get listened to, I've battled and still am but have slowly got somewhere, did end up paying to see someone privately initially but kept insisting on the NHS and they sent me to a psychiatrist who is supposedly a specialist - when any one asks and you say you are seeing a psychiatrist they then assume it's in your head and you're mad or something! Any way luckily although mainly useless he did confirm I am not depressed which was a huge relief because like you I've been shouting and shouting I am not depressed but everyone just thinks you are, even some of my friends were pretty much saying i was depressed but denying it - and yet they could see how much i was trying!!

Keep persevering think about what you want and go in there and demand it, demand the right referrals and if they wont give them to you change doctors. Mine is on his last chance following Monday's appointment if he doesn't come back to me quickly I will be looking elsewhere, you need a GP you can trust and who will listen.

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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby sjc » Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:34 pm

:wave: Hi there, hope u feeling not to bad today....


I know what you mean about these gp's....the trouble is with them is sadly they are not specialists so they have no idea about how to make diagnosis, especially fibro.....even though ppl are getting more diagnosed with it theseday, doctors still have no idea on how to treat or diagnosis it.......

I would keep going back and ask for a rheumatologist or pain management clinic......I spent years thinking I just had depression, but luckily got referred to a pain clinic and got me diagnosis.......

Gp's tend to blame everything on depression, which I don't know why...... :? but that gp's for you, aint it...

Hope you get the diagnosis you need....take care......xxxxxx :goodluck2:
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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby pixiepixie1982 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:04 pm

i voted - i dont know,

sorry to hear you are been treated this way. keep badgering them, its the only way. try seeing a different doc each time untill you find a one who listens. you may have already done this anyway, but its all i can think of.

as for the medication, as some other have said it may help you, but dont let the docs think that it has fobed you off. its such a shame this is what you have to do!!!! pester pester pester. im sure all the docs at my surgery were like oh god here she is again.

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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby shelleydwales » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:11 pm

Hi busy mum,i would take the citalopram anyway,im sure someone else said they might work on pain a bit,then go back! Every week if you have to! Make them listen, get your husband to ring and say you need a house call even,you should not have to suffer! :facepalm:
Good luck hunny,feel so sad you are :dunno: :hugs: :hugs: going through this!
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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby Acei » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:45 am

I would agree. I'm on Citalopram and find it helps - 20mg. Many people with Fibro find anti-depressants beneficial as they tone you down and aid sleep. Just because you get benefit from them doesn't necessarily mean your depressed.

However, as many of us have found; because you have "nothing physically" wrong with you and get benefit from anti-depressants, then it must be a psychological problem. Been there, done that for over 10 years.
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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby gillshutt » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:39 am

OK I'm not telling you to do this :wink: ... if you are in a lot of pain, call an ambulance and get yourself taken tot he hospital. I fyou have pain in your chest area, and/or arm and tingling or pins and needles IT COULD BE A STROKE OR A HEART ATTACK... couldn't it? :twisted: And you then get looked at by a different doctor, then tell them all your other symptoms.
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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby sherry » Sun Sep 11, 2011 6:26 pm

new to this game so bare with me. have been diagnosed with fma for two years and yes had all different tests before they gave me a name. On amytriptyline and tramadol. 6 months ago see my doctor and he took me off tramadol and told me to use paracetamol. i am a lucky one i am still working but in a great deal of pain but am to scared to go back to the doctors and ask to be put on stronger pills. Its just not fair why we getting a raw deal. :banghead: :banghead:
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Re: Feeling disheartened after my GP appointment this morning

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:12 pm

:welcome: to the forum sherry :wave: :wave:

Were you given an explanation as to why you were taken off tramadol?? When I was put on it, my GP explained that there was an increased risk of fits/seizures when taking tramadol and amitriptyline together, I'm wondering if that was the reason. There seems to be many interpretations of this, with some still prescribing the combo so long as patients are aware of the risk to others refusing to prescribe them together :facepalm: :facepalm:

Don't be afraid about going to see them if what you're taking isn't helping. Just explain how things are and that you need something stronger to try and ease things.
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