Appointment with Rheumatologist

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Appointment with Rheumatologist

Postby matthew » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:35 pm

I had an appointment at the hospital with a Reumatologist yesterday. I didn't really know what to expect and was quite nervous. I waited an hour before I was seen (but I did get there 1/2 hour early), but I got so tired and stiff sitting around in the end the nerves disappeared.

Anyway, I had a physical examination and then an interview. I had my arms and legs manipulated and she prodded quite sharply in my sore spots. I yelped a number of times when she did this, and afterwards I felt like I had just fallen down the stairs. After this she said I had 17 of 18 sore spots (hooray for my right elbow :) ) and did a symptom check in which I answered just about every question in the positive.

I still have a raft of blood tests to go through again (the nurse said "That's an armful!") as it's been two years since the last lot but she is very certain I have Fibromyalgia. She discharged me a refered me to the physio.

Overall I felt very positive about the appointment as the doctor was very pleasant and reassuring, saying that Fibromyalgia was a common diagnosis and maybe the GP hadn't done much because little is known about it. I got the idea that she thought he'd been neglectful.

Anyway, I'm now am now a 100% confirmed Fibromyalgia sufferer. For anyone else battling to get diagnosed, stick with it. It's taken me over a year and a change of GPs, but I got there in the end. There are caring doctors out there and it seems the specialists are less likely to fob you off than a GP who doesn't know as much.

I hope this post eases anyone elses worries about what a Rheumatology appointment involves. The only difficult thing was the examination, but as she said, it only needs to be done once. :)
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Re: Appointment with Rheumatologist

Postby miajane » Fri Sep 04, 2009 12:38 am

Hi Matthew,
Sorry to hear you've been dx with fibro but it is nice to have a name to all these weird symptoms and a dr that believes you. Hopefully you'll now be able to get the right meds to help you deal with it. :hugs:
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Re: Appointment with Rheumatologist

Postby LinzWorld » Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:01 am

I hope you can now get the help you need.
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Re: Appointment with Rheumatologist

Postby shazq » Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:37 am

HI
Sorry to hear you have fibro, but at least now you can get the right treatment. :hugs:

This site is so helpful and we have lots of info.
As you know by now any questions you have just ask.
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Re: Appointment with Rheumatologist

Postby *Lisa* » Fri Sep 04, 2009 10:38 am

:wave:

I hope you get the right treatment now...

We are here if you need some advice :wave:
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Re: Appointment with Rheumatologist

Postby gillshutt » Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:22 pm

Hope the bloods are all normal and now you have a name for it you get some help :hugs:
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Re: Appointment with Rheumatologist

Postby matthew » Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:01 pm

Thanks for all the positive responses everyone! :D

This is a very friendly forum. :clap:
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Re: Appointment with Rheumatologist

Postby gillshutt » Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:12 pm

We do try our best :D :hugs:
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