fianlly got to see Doc!!?? NOT

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/30/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I finally got to my appointment after a month of pain. Come to find out when I got there I was seeing a nurse practitioner. I went to the local health clinic since I have no insurance. I was thinking oh great is this gonna be a waste of time?! To my surprise she was great......unfortunatley does not know much about fibro but said after we rule everything else out she'd refer me to a specialist. She's checking my thyroid, but seems to think I might have osteoarhtritis. She did give me some precriptions.
Flexeril and 800 mg ibuprofen 5x a day
Well let me tell you I slept last night!! Woo hoo!!! 1st good nights sleep in a month. I still woke up with pain and stiffness. But I was so happy to have slept.
Anyone else take these and how do they work for you? So I go back in 2 weeks and move on from there, hoping I'm on the road to better sleep and at least a little less pain.
                      Sending sleepy and happy pain free thoughts to you all.

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 9/30/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Melissa and welcome to the family!

I think you found a really good NP......she sounds very thorough and eager to help you despite her lack of knowledge and experience. We don't always get that even from well-seasoned doctors or experienced specialists. The very fact that she is willing to test to "rule things out" and then refer you to a specialist if need be is reason enough for optimism that you're starting on the right track. Ibuprofen works well for my pains but I haven't tried the other two so I'm not much help there, I'm afraid! You hang in there and give her a sound like you're off to a pretty good start to a dx!

Gentlest of hugs,

John (53)
Dx'd June 2008 with Fibromyalgia & CFS  possibly caused by chronic Epstein-Barr virus (many years of ongoing symptoms.....recently worsening)......also, previously dx'd sleep apnea, high blood pressure, hypothyroid, low testosterone, high cholesterol, heart arrythmia & headaches (all types)
Several meds too numerous to list or remember!

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   Posted 9/30/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken fexeril it gives me worse leg pain A friend takes andtold me to cut the dose in half I have not done that yet
good luck glad you like her that helps alot.

getting by
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   Posted 9/30/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Sheeba,

It is great to hear that you are on your way to getting a diagnosis. It does take a long time because of having to rule everything else out. And it can at times get quite frustrating.

I use to take flexeril but now I take soma. The flexeril made me too sleepy. But sleep is what you are striving for (and less pain of course) so that works out for you.

Best wishes and have a wonderful day,
Hugs, Karen
  Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia
fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression,allergies

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