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GP only, or Rheumatologist?

Postby Tricia_TD » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:40 pm

I've only been diagnosed by my GP. Should I ask for a referral to a Rheumatologist?
Any thoughts?
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Re: GP only, or Rheumatologist?

Postby ribbons » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:43 pm

when i saw a rheumy she referred me to a specialist physio who was fab and got put on a 3 week rehab course. Im sure it will vary but the rheumy may know of clinics/physio whereas the gp won't x
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Re: GP only, or Rheumatologist?

Postby shazq » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:01 pm

Hi
More Gp`s are dx fibro now. The Rheumy will only give you the dx of fibro and then discharge you into the care of your GP, as long as you have a good GP with a good knowledge of fibro you wont need to see a Rheumy.

Your GP will be able to refer you to any pain clinics or pain courses in your area or physio or anything else if they feel you need it, if not then ask to be referred to a Rheumy.
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GP only, or Rheumatologist?

Postby andy2210 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:10 pm

Yes my gp dx me and will only send me to a pain management as she said it will only waste my time and rhumologise(can't spell today)which I suppose makes sense


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Re: GP only, or Rheumatologist?

Postby Tricia_TD » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:45 pm

Thank you for your replies.

Strangely enough I was at the Pain Clinic today, but was primarily sent because of my Endometriosis. I told the nurse about my new dx of Fibro, and she told me that I was already on the painkillers that would be prescribed for Fibro (Gabapentin, Tramadol, Amitriptyline, Co-Codamol).

I was given a TENS machine on loan for 2 weeks (might be longer due to the holidays). If I find it helps with my pain, Endo or Fibro, then I can buy it.

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Re: GP only, or Rheumatologist?

Postby shazq » Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:58 pm

Hi
Hope you find the Tens machine works for you, i find they help me. :goodluck1:
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Re: GP only, or Rheumatologist?

Postby newey » Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:22 pm

i have been thinkin of gettin an tens machine as so many people have suggested using one but dunno about spending the money on 1 wot if i dont get on with it :dunno: :snowhappy: happy xmas
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Re: GP only, or Rheumatologist?

Postby Tricia_TD » Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:51 pm

Hi Newey,

It might be worthwhile asking your GP if they know whether you can get one on loan from the NHS like I have. Or ask people you know if they have one, and ask if you can borrow it (you'll probably have to replace their sticky pads things (fibro fog!) that go on your body though!).

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