How do you know when to go to the doctor?

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   Posted 12/9/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
After you've been diagnosed with fibro, how do you know when you should go to the doctor when you feel pain? Maybe I am not explaining this right. How do you differentiate between fibro pain and something else going on in your body? Do you eventually just learn to tell the difference? For the past 2 weeks I was having some really bad back pain, pelvic pain and hip pain. I was convinced that I had either a pelvic infection, kidney infection or UTI. I first went to my gyno, who found no trace of UTI and said to come back the next week if I felt no better. Well it got worse, so back I went. I got a full pelvic exam, another urine test, etc. Nothing wrong. The pain still didn't go away so I was contemplating calling my GP. Then one night I went to bed, woke up the next morning, and that specific pain was gone! Now I feel silly for making such a big deal out of it and going to the doctor repeatedly. Will I learn what is and isn't "normal" with this diagnosis?

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   Posted 12/9/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   

And yes...for the most part you will know the difference. did the right thing. Pain, normal pain that is, means something is wrong. Well, we have pain all the time and it moves around all over the body for many of us. If you feel something very out of the norm then call your GP and go in. Don't feel silly because it may be something that needs the doctor's attention. Over time you will learn the difference...most of the time.

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   Posted 12/9/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I go to the doctor every three months. I let him know how I am feeling at that time. I have never went in for fibro pain except in the beginning when I didn't know what fibro was. Or that I had it. I guess I just live with it. A few years ago I was walking my dog and fell. I slipped on the ice. I hit my elbow and it filled up with fluid. I would squeeze it and all kinds of stuff came shooting out. I guess anybody else would have went to the doctor, but not me. I hate going. I just dealt with it. I guess I have a phobia of going into the doctor, even my blood pressure goes up. But I dont' really like going anywhere when I feel bad. I just stay home when most people would go in because they are feeling bad. I really don't know if I got off track here. I probably did.

I hope that you feel better soon.

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