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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 6/10/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone, I stumbled acroos this forum today. I have been suffering years of pain, I go to the doctors and have been told they do not know what is wrong with me! At times I was told I had Lupus and even MS at one time.
Well today I seen the doctor for my knees and legs....I have such a time sleeping at night. I just cant seem to relax and be out of pain. Anyway I walked away when he did not know what was wrong. He did give me a script for an antidepressant to take a night to help me sleep.
I have been reading about Fibro and I really think that this is my problem. But how does one get a doctor to agree? I have been tested for lupus, ms, and blood test are all good and the only test that showed something was for carpal tunnel. Any help would be so helpful please!

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 4796
   Posted 6/10/2010 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi momoffour10, welcome to our forum. I'm so sorry you are hurting! Getting a diagnosis
does take some time. One of the first steps is getting bloodwork done to see if you have
any of the connective tissue diseases. Fibro and CTD's have some simular symptoms.
You have said your bloodwork came back fine.

Pain and fatigue are the most common symptoms of fibro. The pain is widespread and it
affects the upper ,lower and all four quadrants of the body. There are 18 differant places
on the body that are checked. These are called tenderpoints or trigger points and they are
checked for tenderness. Checkout fibro 101, second thread, pg 1 there is a section called
What else could it be? A doctor has to take his time to rule out possibilities, taking all your
symptoms into consideration and it does take time. Good luck to you!

Glad you have joined us, Keep posting!

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 6/10/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, and welcome!  If I were you, I'd look for a new doctor.  I use a board certified Internist for my fibro and everything else.  Many use a rheumatologist but get a board certified one.  Call and ask if they treat patients with fibromyalgia.  Don't waste your time if they don't.  You do need a doctor that believes in this illness in order to get help.
Be sure to check out Fibro 101...the second thread on the forum.  You will learn a lot there.  You can print out the list of symptoms and check off all that you have.  You can print out the log and keep track of what you do that give you more pain.  There are pain charts that help you describe your pain.  Put that in your log, too, and take these to the doctor.  This will help them better understand what you are dealing with.
I'm so glad you found us and joined our family.  Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you.  Hope to hear more from you soon.
Forum Moderator/ Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia, Crohn's Disease, Ostomy, Diabetes, Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, Osteoporosis
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 5923
   Posted 6/10/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't give up, you're not crazy...
    Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
    Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam, Darvocet as needed
    Multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, malic acid, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
    Chiropractic adjustments
Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.

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Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 1556
   Posted 6/11/2010 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the boards, Im sorry it is pain that brought you here but this is a great site to make friends. You have gotten some good advice from the others so I just wanted to say hi.

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