Melsmom, I'm not going to be as kind about your doctor as others have been. We pay a lot of money for their services. We hire them to help us. They should be able to run nearly all the test necessary to rule out other illnesses. They also should have some knowledge of fibromyalgia. It's been around for years. If they really don't know what is wrong, they need to voluntarily send you to a specialist. If they can't do that, you need to find a doctor that will.
This "all in your head" must be a phrase some doctors learn in med school. What it really means is, "I don't have a clue what is wrong but don't want to admit it." I had a similar problem with my daughter. She is a thin woman. She started vomiting a lot and losing weight. She got down to 97 pounds and she is 5'7"! She went to her doctor who didn't help her. Then I suggested a gastroenterologist. She did that and he ran tests. His diagnosis? "It's all in your head." She came home sobbing. She said she really was sick and no one would help her. I personally think that because she was naturally thin to begin with, they thought she was bulemic. She wasn't. I did watch for that. Anyway, I told her we had tried all doctors but the gynocologist so she made an appointment with my gyno who is great. It turns out she had endometriosis! She had outpatient surgery and put on meds and she has put on 25 pounds since she finally got the help.
Don't ever give up. You will get your answers if you are persistant. Be sure your doctor is board certified. I use an Internist that is board certified and also is a diplomate. They have to take tests on all the new things in medicine every year in order to keep the diplomate status, I believe. Internists have more education than general practioners.
I'd find a doctor, also, that will work with you and your daughter. If the medication isn't working, why is your doctor keeping her on it? That makes no sense at all...especially for a young person. The only reason we take medication is to help us. It's not something we want running through our liver just for the fun of it. Sorry. I'm in one of my moods today. I'm sitting here shaking my head.
I'll put you and your daughter on my prayer list and I hope you find a doctor that will work with you and help you find your answers. When they do, she will get the help she needs. Let us know what is happening. We really do care.
Post Edited (crazykitty) : 10/19/2009 1:23:25 PM (GMT-6)