It's not temporal arteritis or Lupus, but it is...

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 1/8/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I woke up this morning feeling rotten.  I'd spent the last week bloated with tons of intestinal pain.  My neck was stiff, my head hurt, my muscles felt like someone pounded them with a meat tenderizer.  I think I've had a total of 6 hrs. sleep in the last 7 days.  Not good.  I felt like jumping into a pit and pulling the earth over me.
I'd given up on finding out what was wrong.  The doctors were done with me.  They referred me to mental health.  I insisted on a referral to Rheumatology.  I almost didn't go today.  I was of the mind set the doctor would send me away and tell me "there's nothing wrong with you."
But, I did go, and I'm glad I did.  I found a doctor who, after listening to my medical history, complaints and a short physical exam gave me a diagnosis. 
So, there you have it. 
Now it's time to heal.....and do some research. 

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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 3199
   Posted 1/9/2007 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
So glad you got an answer! There is a lot you can do to try and control the Fibro... I'm so happy for you!
Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 450
   Posted 1/9/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, glad you got an answer. Being in limbo is the pits.
So, did he start a treatment plan??
depression                                                combivent
DDD- MRI confirmed                                    probiotics
Arthritis-xray confirmed                               Neurontin
disc slippage in neck-MRI confirmed               Oxycodone
Fibro- night sweats                                     Zoloft
IBS-D-gas                                                 cortisone shot
Ulcers-endoscopic confirm                            Lortab
dishydrotic eczema                                     Trazadone
Costochondritis                                          B-12

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 1/10/2007 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, a diagnosis was a relief. 
Now what?  It looks like there isn't treatment for fibro, with the exception of pain mangement.
A friend of mine says she has fibromyalgia (she was diagnosed by a herbalist, I would question a diagnosis by an herbalist) swears that removing citrus and gluten from her diet has cured her of fibro.  I asked my rhuemy about this, she said there aren't any studies to support that.
Yesterday was a pretty good day.  Today was not.  I wanted to fall alseep standing up. 
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