I don't use a rheumetologist, I go to my GP for my fibro needs. I'm very pleased with the way he's handling it. Not too much medicine. (listed below). I don't recommend taking anything on your own w/o Dr's approval, because you never know if the interaction could counteract the meds you're being prescribed. Just my thoughts on it.
I have: Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Holt-Oram Syndrome, nasal allergies, food allergies, depression, TMJ, anxiety Married to a wonderful supportive husband & between us we have 4 children & 7 grandchildren As apples of gold in silver carvings is a word spoken at the right time for it. Prov. 25:11
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Hi Stari and Welcome!
I was diagnosed by a rheumy but see my regular Dr. now for the fibro. She is very thorough and knows alot about fibro. The rheumy I saw, I was not impressed with- he could have cared less- I was just a number.
I got fibro about a year ago now and I thought my life was over. A good Dr., the group here, my family and friends support, Physical Therapy, got on an anti-depressant, and I am living my life again. The things that affect me yet are my finances (not able to work) and if my pain/fatigue gets off the charts.
Like the others stated, let your Dr. know what you are taking on your own. I was taking Vit. B-12 on my own and my Dr. did bloodwork and I had too much in my system which can become toxic. Instead of taking it everyday, I take it 3 times a week now.
Nice to meet you!