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Confused diagnosis!

Postby Softbabe » Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:35 pm

Hi I went to see my GP today after being in intense pain for the last two/three weeks. I have previously been told that I have osteoarthritis and the muscle pain I have is linked to it. Today the Gp told me that he doesn't think my pain is anything to do with arthritis but maybe fibromyalgia. It makes so much sense - I hate the cold and feel the cold on a summers day, I can't sleep due to pain, I wake from any sleep I get so stiff its horrid, I feel so fed up....etc. What I don't understand is that he didn't commit to the diagnosis and has asked me to go for blood tests to rule out inflammation???? Isn't Fibromyalgia inflammation? Im so confused but at the same time convinced. I am just worried about my job which Im finding harder and harder to do . Argh!!! :cry:
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Re: Confused diagnosis!

Postby carolad » Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:54 am

The blood test is probably just to rule out other conditions before they commit to a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia won't have inflammation markers in blood tests so if this shows up, it may be another condition. But if no inflammation shows up, they will probably say it is Fibromyalgia...

This is what I find so unsatisfactory about fibromyalgia diagnosis, it is a case of ruling everything else out and then if theyve done all the tests and can't find anything 'wrong' with you, they say you have fibromyalgia. I was told my a Rheumatologist that I 'most likely' have fibromyalgia. To be honest, I'm not sure that I do so I take his 'diagnosis' with a pinch of salt :-)

I would say don't get too hung up on the diagnosis....it is just a name for a group of symptoms you have. Hopefully your GP is helpful and can try different medications that will help you get more sleep and help with your pain. Also try to maintain a healthy lifestyle as much as possible - good nutrition, exercise, relaxation techniques...this will all help you cope better.
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Re: Confused diagnosis!

Postby Les Wilson » Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:44 pm

I also went through a series of tests for the purpose of elimination.

A Tip
If your GP confirms Fibromyalgia ask the GP who is the Fibromyalgia specialist in the practice. The GP should then point you to a doctor with a good understanding so you get the support you need along with a medication plan based on experience. :-D
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Re: Confused diagnosis!

Postby Softbabe » Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:15 am

Thank you both so much ...

I made myself go swimming yesterday but felt sick at the thought of it. I sat in the car park for 15 mins plucking up the courage to go in - so daft.Felt less achy when I got home but then the pinching pains returned last night - as my husband said it could be my body reacting to exercise as its so not used to it!
I feel so low today but got to pick myself up.I just feel that no-one around me really understands how I am feeling and I don't want to appear to moan all of the time - sometimes I just want to scream and scream.
Anyway lets see what the blood tests show - if anything - and take it from there.

Thanks again xxx
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Re: Confused diagnosis!

Postby Les Wilson » Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:37 am

you can scream and scream when the house is empty, just do it and you will get some relief. Try escaping into your favourite music or find something new to listen to. Music can be good for any mood as you can feel with it, shout to it, hum along, dream to it, and use it to relax.

Try going for a sort walk in a park or in the country (choose a flat location with easy to walk on paths). Escape from your nagging pain and thoughts by looking at any wildlife you can find, the shape of the trees, clouds, etc. and listen to the natural sounds. When you go out dress to keep your troublesome areas warm and snug.

The objective is to release yourself from whatever is going on so you can get some mental relief which will help with the rest.
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