saw doc today and this is what happened

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   Posted 7/29/2008 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
The doc says fibro is definitely real and I have the symptoms.  she pressed lightly up and down my arms and legs and they were sore in some spots.  She says that means that if I have it, it is a mild case because I was not sore in all spots.  She didn't check all the spots that I saw on teh charts, but she referred me to the pain clinic which has an 8 week program to teach people how to deal with fibro. I can get more info there.  She also ordered blood work for diabetes because of a strong family history and for iron levels.  I asked why she is testing for diabetes and she said that could cause fatique.  She held the referral for physical therapy until after I attend the fibro program.
She didn't really read my pain journal, but looked at it briefly and listened to my explanations of what has been going on.  she also referred me to a psychologist for depression counseling.  I told her that I manage depression with thought and self-talk control.  I am VERY familiar with depression and after several meds, etc. have settled on this method of self treatment.  But she was concerned, so I made the appt. just to make her feel better. 
The pain clinic is going to call me and hopefully it will work into my schedule because I start back to grad school full force on Aug 25. 

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   Posted 7/29/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I guess all in all, your visit was a good one?  I mean, the fact that your doc even believes in fibro is a plus.  And her sending you to a pain clinic sounds good.  At least she didn't tell you to suck up the pain and get over it. eyes   In my opinion, bloodwork is always a good thing, because it can rule things out-or find things you didn't even realize you had.
Now, you may not like my opinion about depression counseling, so I apologize ahead of time.  I always think that talking to people about your feelings is a good thing.  Also, a lot of people with fibro do suffer from depression (LOL-I wonder why?  When no one believes that you are sick, you are prone to depression-in my case, anyway).  So, I think that therapy could only help you.  But, that's just me.  As much as I talk, I'd jump at the chance to talk to someone-anyone, who will listen. tongue
Anyway, keep us posted, OK? :-)

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Vicodin, Neurontin, Ibuprofen for pain-which doesn't help, BTW
Zoloft & methadone (NOT for pain) for sanity-which doesn't help, BTW
Klonopin for anxiety (Guess what?  Doesn't help!)
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   Posted 7/29/2008 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   

Oh no Kelly, I agree with your opinion on counseling and depression.  Counseling is important and I recommend it for everyone.  It is just that I recently finished 5 years of therapy to recover from anorexia.  I've been weight restored for about a year and have just been congratulated for successfully overcoming an eating disorder. Yay me! So during that time we covered depression and just about everything else.  I've got the tools to handle the depression, as far as I know, and have been using them.  It doesn't mean that I do not have the battle sometimes, but I know how to fight it because I was taught in therapy. 

But the doc was concerned, so I agreed to the appt.

Yes, it is exciting that she agrees that fibro is real.  She was serious when she said, "oh yes, it is very real."  Plus, she didn't think I was malingering and is sending me to extra help.  I am thankful to have changed doctors and even that my feet hurt so bad in Italy that I contacted her, because otherwise, I might not have.



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   Posted 7/29/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you are on your way to getting help. It does sound like the visit went well. Good luck at your next appointment, and let us know how it goes. That way I'll know what to expect as I go through my round of appointments ;

BTW, a BIG congrats on overcoming anorexia. That couldn't have been easy, good for you!! I think it's a good idea to go for counselling too, even if it's just to make sure you are on the right track.
in the land of Limbo, taking OTC meds only.
Don't know what's wrong, can't fix it, doctors are so sloooow!!!

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   Posted 7/29/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks manaman!
Will keep you posted.

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   Posted 7/29/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   



I've been to many counselors, for depression, addiction to opioids, and panic attacks. I agree with your first solution...It is all just a matter of changing the way you are thinking. Live each day moment to moment, enjoy the little things, savor the good days...they don't come around very often.

Some counselors can help, but it is my experience that most don't give a s...!

feel better

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   Posted 7/29/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, your doc may be setting you up for an SSRI med and most insurance companies require that you see a therapist when you start these meds. The serotonin does affect our moods, but for fibros it's more tied into our circadian (sleep) rhythms, pain perception and pain coping. Many of us are on SSRI's for help with out serotonin levels.
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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry searching that the docs didn't seem to care about you. Besides going to graduate school, I work a few hours a week as a lay counselor for a place called Delta Ministry Center/Alpha Family Services. Working there is what made me decide to get my advanced degree. I cannot understand why someone who would become a therapist who doesn't care about others. Seems counterintuitive. I've seen some terrible therapists and some great ones. I hope your change in attitude has helped.

I just heard this quote from the Desiderata:
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Pretty cool, huh?

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   Posted 7/31/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Sue I'm so happy that it went well with the doc. I think it is great they have a fibro program. You made it over the first hurdle, yea.
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