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Postby reb1981 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:29 am

Hello I have a private appointment on Friday to finally see if I do suffer from this condition. What should I expect from the consultation?
Is there a lot of questions, should I make notes before I go?
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Re: appointment

Postby lancashire-lass » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:23 am

Definitely make loads of notes - write down all your different symptoms (read back through other posts to remind yourself of the different aches, pains, moods, etc.) If possible can somebody go with you? Fibro fog is a bagger when you come out and can't remember most of what you were told!
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Re: appointment

Postby whoami » Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:17 pm

Your Dr will hopefully ask you lots of questions about how you feel. He/she may also check your trigger points. You also may get a requisition for blood tests to rule out any other cause of your symptoms.

Is this an appointment with your GP or a specialist? If you are not comfortable with the Dr's knowledge of fibro, ask for a referral to a rheumatologist or pain clinic.
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Re: appointment

Postby reb1981 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 1:40 pm

Hello I have already had blood tests for arthritis and gout due to my ankle and foot swelling to 3 times it's normal size, both ruled out.
My appointment is with a specialist in rheumatology. I don't really understand fibro myself and I'm worried I may miss out some important symptoms. I really want to get to the bottom of these problems. The pain has got out of control since a car accident in 2006 and I am gradually becoming less and less mobile and able to do things.
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Re: appointment

Postby dotty lotty » Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:08 pm

I would write everything down even things that you may feel are not related as you never know. My brain rather foggy just now so good luck. :teddy-bear:
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Re: appointment

Postby Theresa34 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:51 pm

I was tested for rheumatoid arthritis because my knee swelled up then a month later my toes too. I was negative for that but the rheumy said I had psoriatic arthritis based in my sausage toes and a tiny path of psoriasis on my scalp. A year later was when the fibro kicked in. So it was a quick diagnosis for me due to already seeing a rheumy. I've been very lucky. I hope your appointment goes well. I was upset more at the pain than the diagnosis itself, which could upset people. Its a horrible condition but it is manageable. Good luck x
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Re: appointment

Postby reb1981 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:40 am

Thank you for your replies. This morning I have woke up very tired, very stiff and have pain in my back, neck and my legs muscles are cramping even with me sitting down along with a banging headache. I have felt like this for as long as I can remember, so for me feeling stiff, tired, and having pain has just become normal. I don't know what everyone else feels so I could just be feeling the same as everyone else or I could feel different, It's very confusing. Should I mention this to him?
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Re: appointment

Postby Zia2014 » Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:07 pm

I wrote everything down. Even odd bits here and there. I also wrote down my medical history (turns out my referral wasn't very thorough!) with IBS, pains etc.

I also made notes whilst in there, they won't mind and it's vital to remember what they say. In particular any plans for the future - as I'm discovering now, they don't always do what they say!
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Re: appointment

Postby FluppyPuffy » Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:12 pm

I've moved you into here as it's a more suitable board for your topic. This linky What Will Happen When I Go & See The Rheumy might be of some help to you wrt what your appt might involve.

Definitely write things down incl any questions that come to mind, and take it with you to use as a reminder of the things you want to get across/ask. If at all possible, have someone else go to the appt with you too. As well as being a bit of moral support, an extra pair of ears are helpful in listening to what is said, and they can also help as a reminder/prompter as well.
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