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GP Visit - being fobbed off.

Postby annscabans » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:59 pm

Hi folks

I had an appointment with my gp to review some blood test results today and basically I feel like I've not been listened too.

I had initially visited the doc because I had been having very bad pains in my wrists and ankles. They thought it might be arthritis but did some blood tests to rule out anything else. Was prescribed Naproxen to start with but that didn't do a thing, so was then given amitriptyline.

While this was going on I did some of my own investigations to see if I could work out what my body was up to.(That is why I found this lovely forum). Alot of the other symptoms I have match Fibromyalgia-night sweats, bad restless legs, pains that move around the body, sensitive skin to name but afew.

Today, the doc says all my test results are fine and that if the amitriptyline works then I don't have fibromyalgia. She also said if it was present then it would show up on the tests as inflammation. Can anyone tell me if this is correct? As far as I can see lots of peeps take amitriptyline for their symptoms :-? She wouldn't say what she thought I had but just said she would set up a repeat script for the amitriptyline . I'm so confused. Anyone have any suggestions? I left the surgery feeling like a fraud as if I was making it up or something :(
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Re: GP Visit - being fobbed off.

Postby FluppyPuffy » Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:43 pm

Nothing FM~related will show up in any test, scan, x~ray etc etc, so it sounds like your GP needs to reread up on the condition so she can answer any questions with the right info.

If the amitriptyline does help, that doesn't mean it isn't FM. What it does suggest tho is that you're taking something that is helping you with things.

Don't mean to sound like I'm dissing your GP, it's just that people can be given the wrong info about things by them. With you saying she's not prepared to say what it could be, you might be worth asking about a referral to someone, such as a rheumatologist, who will help find out the reason for your various symptoms and things.
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Re: GP Visit - being fobbed off.

Postby shazq » Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:21 pm

Hi Ann

Do you know what your gp prescribed you the Ami`s for? i only ask because they can be prescribed for depression/sleep/pain
Your gp might have given you them for all 3 ? so are they helping you with all 3? it might be worth you finding out and make sure they are helping you for the right thing they were prescribed for. You might need extra meds if you are still in pain?

You do tend to get used to Ami`s & have to increase the dose.

Inflammation will show up in test results where as fibro will NOT.

I will put up a couple of links you can print off which might help,you could go through with your gp.

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Fibromyalg ... ction.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Fibromyalg ... tment.aspx
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Re: GP Visit - being fobbed off.

Postby annscabans » Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:37 pm

Hi

Thanks for your speedy replies.

The ami's were given to me for pain relief at night. I can increase them from 10mg to 20mg if needed. Only been on them a week and I know you need to give them a while to work. I get the most dreadful restless legs at night. Also I get what I can only describe as twisty pains where I can't bare the duvet to touch my feet(toes especially). It makes me want to twist up into knots! Crazy I know :roll: I also have pain during the day which the original naproxen didn't help with. Today the doc said take paracetamol with the ami's.

Thanks for the links. I had already printed the symptoms off and took it with me but she wasn't interested. I also did ask if I needed to see a specialist and she said no need if the meds were working.
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Re: GP Visit - being fobbed off.

Postby shazq » Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:57 pm

Hi

Have you another gp at your surgery who you could see as having an understanding gp makes a big difference with fibro?
If not i would ask again to be refereed to a Rheumy to get a dx and just keep going back until you get some pain meds and some answers.

Meds affect us all differently, i am on 75mg of Ami`s a night and find they dont do much for me, i have to take sleepers to get 4 hrs sleep.

I dont find paracetamol are strong enough for fibro pain, they might help someone with mild pain but for someone with all over body pain i dont think they are strong enough.

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Re: GP Visit - being fobbed off.

Postby charley » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:59 pm

Amitrytiline working definitely does not mean that you don't have fibro! It is one of the medications used to help control the symptoms! But then it also doesn't mean you definitely do! Every one is different, and people react differently to different things no matter what the problems are! E.g. I was prescribed Naproxen, and for a while, it worked really well....yet for other fibro sufferers, it never worked at all if they have been prescribed it!
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Re: GP Visit - being fobbed off.

Postby jason » Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:35 pm

Naproxen was good , i got a camera down and ulcers due to taking that. so pain killers are ltd due to that sh**.

with ref to doctors took me 5 doctors before 1 sent me for
tests to hosptial doctor and 6 months of tests there .

aiso the gp put me on amitriptyline for original depression on 10mg . then 20mg .
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