Hi Bookworm, A GP can dx you if they are knowledgeable about CFS & Fibromyalgia. Never be afraid to ask if they have patients with those dx's that they are treating. If they say no then find another who does, otherwise you can end up being told it is all in your head if you do have it. A Rheumatologist is actually the best kind of Dr to see because this is their Field, but a word of caution once again, make sure they have patients with this disorder. I was dx'd by a Rheumy in 2006 and it turns out she knew what she was talking about. I was referred to another Rheumy recently who only wanted to talk about my Fibro & told me there is no such thing as CFS. I am here to tell him there is. He made me very angry & I won't go back to him because it is easy to say there is no such thing when you don't have to deal with it every day. Nothing feels quite like CFS, Fibro has a lot of similarities but I can tell the difference. Well, I will get off my bandwagon & just say, make sure they know about CFS. If you don't have it, you want to know that everything was looked at, every possible illness is check out. That is why it is so imperative to find the right Dr. I hope your search is a positive & you find what the problem is. Let's hope it is a Vit D deficiency or something fixable so you can have your life back.
Also, my symptoms fluctuate all the time, You never know what symptoms are going to surface at any given minute or day or week or month, & they can be mild to severe. Just a little game it plays, LOL!! Hugs, Denise
I have: Fibromyalgia-dx: 2004, ME/CFS-dx: 2006, Holt-Oram Syndrome dx'd 1975, 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