My new internal medicine doc is great. I have been seeing him about every 3-4 wks since June. He listens to me so together we found I had gallbladders problems luckily probably not enough to require surgery at this time. He tried treating a secondary infection I got on my lips after a sunburn. Did not clear up so sent me on to Derm. She fixed it. He has run many other tests on me. Found some vitamin/mineral problems. Recently put me on HBP meds because he has been concerned with my blood pressure numbers for awhile. Listened to me when I told him of some recent stomach pains and urination problems. He sent me for a urine test. That evening nurse called and said i had a Urinary tract infection and they called in Cipro to drugstore for me already. Referred me to an GYN for some question I mean the list goes on and on. Is sending me to Back pain specialist for some floroscopic steroid injections. Advised me to see a psychiatrist when he noticed my dystmic disorder actually was turning into a major depressive disorder with anxiety increasing. Mostly under control now.
Great doc now looking back all he has done for me. If anyone lives in the Wilmington NC area just ask and I will give you his name.
So what I am trying to say is if you find a good general practice or internal medicine doctor to care for you they should be treating you as a whole person and not just someone with fibromyalgia or any other one condition. So please do not be nervous about getting the dx if it is correct so you can receive the best treatment for you.
Good luck to you
Post Edited (crazykitty) : 11/13/2009 9:21:53 PM (GMT-7)
I use a board certified Internist that is a diplomate. An Internist has more education than a general practioner. By being a diplomate, they have to continue taking tests on new things in medicine and that makes me feel good because I know he is on top of everything.
That being said, when you see your doctor, many tests should be run to rule out other illnesses that have many of the same symptoms. If you are diagnosed with fibro, at least you they won't say it's all in your head. BUT you do need to use your head when you have fibro. If you have something that reoccurs that hasn't been happening before, you need to go to your doctor and be checked out. THAT'S why it's especially important to have a really good doctor.
Case in point....I started having some chest pain and heart palpatations a few years ago. I went to see my doctor and even though these can be fibro symptoms, they can also be heart problem type symptoms. My doctor didn't take chances and he gave me an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram, an ultrasound of my heart, and had me wear a monitor. He also ran tests on my carotid arteries. Everything was great so what I was feeling was indeed fibro and costochondritis.
Never assume something is fibro. Always check with your doctor if you have something that is disturbing you that you haven't had in the past. Much of what we feel is fibro but you want to make sure. Plus, that will help with anxiety issues, too.