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Postby trish1999 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:35 pm

I have been treated for arthritis for the last 4 years and MRI's have shown that yes I do have degeneration in my vertebrae. I@ had 2 discs removed in my neck because of crushing to the spinal chord and other nerves. I am also on medication for restless legs Ropinorole. When talking to my doctor today she mentioned fibromyalgia and because I didn't know what it was looked it up when I got home. I seem to fit with many of the symptoms fatigue, pain poor sleeping etc so how do you go about getting a diagnosis
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Re: How do you know......

Postby pixiecat » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:39 pm

HI

Welcome to the site :welcome:
I was diagnosed by my gp initialy and then I asked to be refered to a rhumy, but I only had 1 visit to him, he gave me a check over took bloods and said yes your gp is right.
so if your gp is happy to say yes you have it then thats all you need to confirm you have it.
so again welcome to the site and the :crazy: world of fm

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Re: How do you know......

Postby sue e » Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:53 pm

Hiya,

I'm on Ropinirole for Restless Legs too and also Gabapentin. I've had an MRI scann too and have 'wear and tear' in my spine and hips. I ache like mad and my doctor mentioned Fibromyalgia and I agreed with him :roll: cos I'd read about it and am sure I have it. I'm seeing a rheumatologist next month.

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Re: How do you know......

Postby FluppyPuffy » Tue Jul 19, 2011 4:26 pm

:welcome: to the forum trish :wave:

I've moved you post into "Where To Say Hello" as it seemed a better board for your first posting.

How do we know......well, in a lot of cases people don't know that they have FM until they are told about it by the doc/rheumy who has given them their dx. And quite often they do a poor job of explaining what it is, how it could affect the patient and what types of treatment are available to try and manage it :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm:

The actual dx is usually arrived at after blood tests and anything else the dr feels necessary has been carried out to see if anything else could be causing the pain and other symptoms, as there are other conditions which have similar symptoms to FM. If nothing else shows up, then you can either be referred on to an appropriate specialist who will dx/confirm the dx after looking at case history, test results and doing anything they think could help find the cause of the symptoms, or your GP may make the dx themselves and start you on a treatment plan.

With you saying your GP mentioned FM, it might be worth going back to see them again to talk thru it more and see what they have to say about a definite dx for you :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:


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Re: How do you know......

Postby denys » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:14 pm

Hi Trish and :welcome: to the forum
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Re: How do you know......

Postby trish1999 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:34 pm

Thanx all :flowers:
I think i will go back to see my gp. I've had lots of blood tests in the past is there anything specific they look for or is it just a matter of ruling other things out ass rheumatoid arthritis has already been ruled out. I have also suffered from depression for many ears and lost my job through ill health
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Re: How do you know......

Postby FluppyPuffy » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:48 pm

It's a case of ruling other things out trish. When all other possibilities have been discounted, that's when FM is usually given as the diagnosis.


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Postby trish1999 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:54 pm

Ive made another appointment with gp for next week so will see what she says after all it was her that mentioned it in the first place
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Re: How do you know......

Postby FluppyPuffy » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:00 pm

Hope she can give you a more definite answer :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:


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Re: How do you know......

Postby loubie » Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:21 pm

hi Trish
welcome to the mad house :crazy: :crazy: :crazy: :lol:

:fingerscrossed: for your app :fingerscrossed:
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Re: How do you know......

Postby shazq » Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:11 pm

:welcome: to the forum Trish. :wave:
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