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New to site and newly diagnosed

Postby fabme » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:16 pm

hi,
I've been diagnosed with FM by my GP a couple of weeks ago, when I researched it, everything pinged into place, all the odd aches and pains. I also have bronchiectasis and my chest consultant put my fm symptoms down to that.
I notice most people have seen a consultant and been diagnosed by them, is it also normal for GP's to diagnose the condition??? He's started me on amytrip 20mg at night which has helped a bit, not sure where to go from here read the topics on the forum which has helped.
thanks
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Re: New to site and newly diagnosed

Postby smiler22 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:51 pm

welcome. all i know was i said to my gp do you think its fm and he said he didnt necessarily believe in fm. but said i havea lot of the symtoms of fm. so he sent me to a rheumotologist and i was diagnosed by the rheumo. however after that one visit he discharged me and is sending me to pain clinic and back to my gp. which my gp was not happy about.

i honestly think it depends in what area of the country you are in to how your fm is diagnosed and managed. my personal opinion.xx
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Re: New to site and newly diagnosed

Postby gillshutt » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:34 am

Hi and welcome to the site. Congrats on having an understanding gp :shock: Most of us have been dxed by a rheumatologist but a lot of the time that's because our gp's don't believe in FM. :evil:

Again your gp has done what most rheumys do which is try you on ami's. It doesn't make a lot of difference seeing a rheumy as they usually only see you once and refer you back to your gp for treatment. The only other thing my rheumy did was to put me in for physio which your gp can do for you.

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Re: New to site and newly diagnosed

Postby taffeeapple » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:47 am

:wave: :hugs:
i wave helloe, and send you a hug, because you will prob go through some tough times ahead, and you will need plenty of hugs and i have found people on here to be really helpful, we all know wha it is like to be in pain, and family find it hard to deal with.

I am seeing rheumy on fri first time, mu doc said it is only to be officially diagnsed, even if he doesnt do anything, it will all go towards information when claiming benefits etc, that really surprised me when he said this.

take things slowly dont try and overdo things, make sure you take your medication, and dont be afraid to come on here and tell us how you feel, we have all been there and will still be.

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Re: New to site and newly diagnosed

Postby DerekJ » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:50 pm

I believe that the majority of people are diagnosed by a rheumatologist, simply because they tend to be slightly more knowledgeable in this area than most GPs and, perhaps, because the diagnostic criteria are so woefully inadequate that those few GPs who are familiar with the tender points test would feel a little awkward, even a little ashamed, to use it.

I was diagnosed twice: by a rheumatologist at my local hospital and by a specialist who once had one of his fibromyalgia research papers on the front cover of the BMJ.

I would be very wary of any GP who claims not to believe in fibromyalgia. To me this demonstrates a lack of understanding of their own discipline which may run deeper than their inability to recognise your immediate problems.
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Re: New to site and newly diagnosed

Postby fabme » Wed Jun 24, 2009 8:46 pm

thanks for all your replys, I have a fantastic GP, he spotted my bronchiectasis, when the other GP's missed it, and he was the one that suggested FM to me after listening to me and examining me, as I've been seeing him for quite a while. i know I'm very lucky to have such a good GP
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Re: New to site and newly diagnosed

Postby shazq » Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:53 am

:welcome: to the forum. :wave:
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