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diagnosis, GP and medication

Postby mad4chickens » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:37 pm

After over a year of having strange symptoms, various hospital visits and blood tests, a month ago my GP diagnosed me with Fibro. All the symptoms fit and I am relived to have some diagnosis and not just going mad! However am I diagnosed? Should I being seeing a specialist? Is he correct, he didn't push any tender spots on me or check me physically at all?

He put me on Pregabalin a month ago, 75g morning and 75g evening. I read that a theraputic dose should be 300-450g daily, so when I saw him again this week I told him I need to be on a much higher dose to make a difference. He didn't seem impressed and raised my dose to 100g morning and 100g evening. I'm worried that I'm wasting my time if I'm not on the correct amount. What do you all think?

Also would love to meet up with people in my area (Rhyl, North Wales) with the same problem, for support.
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Re: diagnosis, GP and medication

Postby denys » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:48 pm

Ask for a referral to a rhuematologist if you arent happy with your diagnosis some doctors are confident to diagnose the condition without referrals and the dose of medication is sometimes raised slowly maybe this is what your doc was doing
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Re: diagnosis, GP and medication

Postby mad4chickens » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:50 pm

Thanks I will ask for a referral.
He was very reluctant to increase my dose of pregabalin, perhaps i should print off the dosage page I found on the internet published by the manufacturers of the drug.
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Re: diagnosis, GP and medication

Postby denys » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:14 pm

maybe, does your doc seem sympathetic to FM????
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Re: diagnosis, GP and medication

Postby diane1 » Thu Apr 26, 2012 9:53 pm

Hi

I think as your newly diagnosed they like to start you off on a low dose to see if it helps and also to see if you have any side effects. Some of the side effects can be intense and the higher the dose your on the worse the side effects would be. I've been on fibro meds for 10 years now and when they change me over they still start me off on a lower dose for this reason and increase it slowly.

I dont know how bad your fibro is but I didnt see a rheumatologist for 6 years. I must admit I did have a good GP but I only went when I got really bad and didnt have a break in flare ups and the pain got to the level of needing morphine. My GP used to liase with the rheumy as to what meds I should take and itmeant I didnt have long hospital visits to discuss my meds. If you'd feel better seeing a consultant though I'd definately ask for a referal.

Good luck with it all and perservier with the meds.

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Re: diagnosis, GP and medication

Postby mad4chickens » Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:53 am

Hi thanks for your messages,
my GP says that its a 'woolly area' and although seems sympathetic keeps asking me if I'm depressed. I have had depression in the past but am coping with life really well at the mo, apart from the pain I'm always in. He doesn't really know what to do with me and gives a heavy sigh every time I walk into his room. I wouldn't mind but I don't hassle him and only go when he requests me to return.

As for the intensity of the pain, it is definitely getting worse and I have continuous pain in my upper back and neck area, which is not alleviated by over the counter pain killers or the low dose of pregabalin. I also get aching pains in my arms and legs, stabbing pains which come and go, stiff feet and legs when I first get up in the morning, numbness in my toes and hands, tingling hot feet etc. I have read many of the posts on this website which claim the condition gets worse and I suppose I want to get help before I'm crippled with pain, IF fibro is what I've got.
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