And welcome. This sure is a wonderful family of people here. Francis and Tina have just about
shared all the things I was thinking about
...lol Saves me some typing with these darn arthritic hands. BUT, as far as the fibro goes... I also help out over there and have personally had fibro for at least 7-8 years. I'll share a few ideas there. Remember we are not doctors and aren't you glad?...lol Seriously, we obviously can't diagnose anyone but we can give you advice from our own experiences.
I would also suggest telling your doc what you suspect. YOU are the one feeling the pain and unless they know what it feels like they won't know what it is or how to treat it. My doctor actually tells me to bring in articles if I find something good to share. Yours may be of the same mindset.
Plus, as I often suggest, it would be a great idea for you to start keeping a pain journal. The Chronic Pain 101 thread ...it's at the beginning of the topics on the first page. ...there is a link to a journal page you can print out. Print or copy one for each day of the week and begin filling one out every day. I used to do mine in the evening before bedtime. Then each time you go to a doctor appointment take your journal along and ask that they review it. This will not only give them a clear picture of how your pain is during the day, but also how it reacts to medications, food, sleep times...pretty much everything that affects your pain. Since you won't have time to fill these in before you go you might just print one page of the journal and show your doctor. Tell her you will be using it and will bring it back each time. If she pushes off the idea I would review my reasons for going to that particular doctor.
I do hope you find some answers...and soon!
here's the link for you...www.painfoundation.org/learn/publications/files/TargetDailyLog.pdf
Oh, I had to amend my post...Eagle, you make a great point! I used to go to doc visits with my mother as she got older. It turned out to be very helpful since the doctor wasn't.
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