SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

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SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby sjc » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:30 pm

Hi folks. Just a quick question to you all - who diagnosed your fibromyalgia? Did you get a diagnosis from a GP or did you get a diagnosis a specialist? If you saw a specialist, then what kind? I got a diagnosis from a GP, then also a pain clinic doctor confirmed my fibromyalgia. Just wondered if a neurologist, rehabilitation medicine expert, or rheaumatologist can also diagnose fibromyalgia as well? Can these specialist also prescribe medication to fibro sufferers as well? I'm thinking of getting my gp to refer me to a specialist for more in-depth support and to get more specialised medication, but I don't know who fibro sufferers see. So any advice or experience that you have would be appreciated. Take care folks. Xx
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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby FluppyPuffy » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:54 pm

Rheumatologists tend to be the main specialists to dx FM.

A growing number of GPs feel able to give a patient their dx as well.
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SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby mcconnellla » Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:41 pm

I got referred from my GP to a consultant anaesthetic who specialises with chronic pain and FB he diagnosed me and was able to prescribe me there and then. Iv to be reviewed after two mo this on meds to see how it's helping and go from there. I did do this privately though. Im a nurse in the same hospital and frequently work with this consultant so it was good for me to have this sort of connection.
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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby Iceskatemum » Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:09 am

:wave: Folks
My GP was the first person to join all the dots and give me a diagnosis of Fibro, then because of my sick record at work she advised going to see a consultant Rheumatologist . ( in her words Employers sometime prefer diagnosis by Consultant rather than GP ).
There was a waiting list of nearly 12 months to see the NHS guy but as I am a member of a mutual society through work, they helped me see a consultant privately for a diagnosis. He confirmed the GP's assessment and recommended current medication.

In a twist to the story under the waiting list initiative I then got an NHS appointment, a few days after seeing the private guy. I went to this appointment as I was advised to keep on the NHS books in case I needed to be seen at a pain clinic etc. NHS guy just wondered why GP had referred me as she had already made the diagnosis and Rheumy couldn't do anything for me ! :facepalm:
Bring back guy No1 but I guess you get what you pay for...

Have to say my GP has been really good, had suggested time of work a while back but I kept on going, then hit the wall and she has been so supportive . GP's sometimes get bad press but I have nothing but praise for mine. :flowers:
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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby HazelB » Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:12 am

My gp diagnosed me in 2005.

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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby smileyface » Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:34 pm

hi, nothing the consultant can do which a GP cannot do for this condition as there is no treatment just controlling the reported symptoms such as pain.See your dr who can sort things out for you re pain control if you need it, anti depressants if you are depressed or for pain control too and anything else you require.
If the condition is secondary to another condition they might suggest your currant consultant is asked to assist in the management of your symptoms and related issues. S
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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby Andrew_Z » Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:54 pm

As a new post, is this true or another spoof?
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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby CottonSocks » Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:16 pm

My GP suspects fibro and is referring me to a rheumatologist to confirm and rule out anything else. Hope that helps :-)
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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:18 pm

Andrew_Z wrote:As a new post, is this true or another spoof?


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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby denys » Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:45 pm

Andrew the post you are referring to was a genuine mistake, it wasn't put in the joke part of the forum. The original poster was as concerned and angry as you were and until other members who had obviously seen it or other articles made by the paper pointed out it was a spoof no-one knew. So I would like to ask you to stop upsetting both yourself and other members.

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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby shazq » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:44 pm

Hi
A Rheumy diagnosed my fibro but we are hearing many Gp`s are dx fibro now. :-D
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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby tabithakat64 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:18 pm

Neurologist, the rheumatologist said my issues other than the ME were neurological, GP thought MS, the most recent neurologist I saw decided on a diagnosis of FM
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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby ellyc73 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:57 pm

it was my GP who diagnosed me he didnt rule out CFS either so may have both.
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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby pamr100 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 8:43 pm

A Rhumatologist diagnosed me.

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Re: SPECIALIST OR GP - WHO DIAGNOSED YOU?

Postby Sue1968 » Sun Jun 30, 2013 12:12 am

Hi, I was diagnosed by a pain clinic specialist on Wednesday of last week, I'm going to my GP for a change of meds if at all possible as the ones I'm on are no longer working, I've been on them for 10 years without any kind of review.
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