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Just saying hi

Postby andrea73 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:13 pm

Just giving you a bit about myself. I'm 40 live with my husband and 2 kids age 17 and 12. I work 4 days a week as well. I've had depression and anxiety probably since I was a teenager but this only got diagnosed after my first son was born. I attended my Gp regularly who tried his best with me but never quite seemed to get there on the various antidepressants. Throughout this time I've also had back surgery and still continue to have back and hip pain. More recently my hands and wrists and fingers have been getting painful from just routine stuff like hanging out the washing! I am constantly tired, like proper exhausted and this has always been oh it's the depression but I've thought it was more than that. I struggle to walk up the stairs, it totally kills me. I don't sleep well even though I'm tired so got prescribed a sleeping pill called nitrazepam but I still wake up exhausted. I get up in the morning and then have to go for a nap mid morning.

I've attended the Gp and she has ran all the tests known to man and all have returned normal. Where do I go now? I said to her about fibro and she just said there is a lot of cross over with fibro and depression. I really need answers as I can't go on like this. I need answers on what I'm dealing with cos at the moment is just appears that I'm being lazy!

Meant to add I've also been having stomach problems - sorry tmi regular diarrhoea and stomach cramps. I get restless legs too which is bloody annoying. My memory is shocking - my son tells me something and I've forgotten straight away and this adds to the stress. Lots more to add but hey better stop now ....

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Re: Just saying hi

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Jul 27, 2014 1:33 pm

:welcome: to our little sanctuary Andrea :cow-wave: :cow-wave: :cow-wave:

Sorry to hear what you have and are still experiencing. Getting those answers that you are in desperate need of can be such a long and frustrating process.

With you already asking your GP about the possibility of FM, and her seeming to have some reluctance about a dx, you could always ask for a referral to an appropriate specialist/consultant. Generally it is a rheumatologist that deals with conditions like FM, altho in some areas it can be someone such as a Neurologist that has the interest/specialism in this area.

To help prepare your reasoning for asking for the referral, you could print up some info about FM from a reliable source, such as or the main Go thru it and highlight the symptoms and problems that you have, also note down anything that you may come across that you think could be related/associated with things. Then go and see your GP with your info and see what she says to the idea of a referral. If she is still reluctant, then maybe consider seeing a different GP, and if necessary keep going until someone shows more of an open mind to the possibility and is prepared to help you in getting your answers.

In the mean time, have a look around the boards. They're packed with loads of info and advice, so you may find some helpful bits and bobs amongst it all. Anything else that you want to know about, just ask and we'll try and help you with it :cow-wave: :cow-wave: :cow-wave:


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Re: Just saying hi

Postby denys » Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:05 pm

Hi and :welcome: cant add anything to Fluppy's post so :cow-wave: :cow-wave:
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Re: Just saying hi

Postby andrea73 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:14 pm

Well went to the Gp today and she basically told me that most of the medical profession doesn't believe cfs exists. She also said because I have depression it wouldn't matter the diagnosis anyway as I would get the same treatment! That was me told - end of consultation.
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Re: Just saying hi

Postby Helhit » Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:16 am

I think you might need to change your doctor. You need someone to listen to what you're saying and not just fob u off.

I've suffered from depression in the past and I know the difference to the frustration that comes with fibro. Or as my doc put it "you're not depressed you're just pxxxxd off"!!
Fibro is like the wind. You can't see it and when it flares up it knocks you off your feet!
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Re: Just saying hi

Postby andrea73 » Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:08 pm

Thanks for that. Sometimes you just feel that it's all in your head and you should just get on with it. She also said you have severe depression it can take a while to fix (it's only been 27 years lol). Maybe think about electric shock therapy. Ok bye now!!! Honestly I told her other things that were wrong like my nose has what feels like scabs inside, she didn't look just said there take a prescription for a spray.
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