Can anyone reccommend a therapist in central NJ or Staten Island who is familiar with Fibro?

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Denial~it ain't just a river!
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   Posted 1/18/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
So, I had a bit of a breakdown this morning with my husband, but I think it was a good thing and long overdue.  He had seen the changes in my over the past few months and the deteriation mentally and physically, but for the most part I tried to deny that there was any problem other than whiplash and I just kept telling anyone who had asked that I had a recurring flu (I know that's not the case though, I had the flu shot)... anyway, after being up all night in pain and terrible stomach and back aches and every kind of discomfort you can think of, I really broke down crying for the first time and told my husband the extent of what has been going on...
His sister finally is admitting that she doesn't have fibro, that she thinks it was just her addiction, but because of all of the months of constant exaggeration and complaining about her fake fibro and making it out to be completely different than it actually is, it is really hard for me to admit to that side of the family (who I am really close with) that I acatually have what she is faking - it already has such a bad rep that I don't know if anyone actually believes that this is real... i mean, she even had me believing that fibro was completely different than what it is until I began having all of these complications and seeing doctors for it.
Anyway, my husband was suprisingly open minded and wants to go to the DR with me to tell him about the changes that he has witnessed in me, since whenever I go I can't seem to even remember what my symptoms were teh day before, plus, it is only recently that I am realizing that so mny things are intertwined.
Anyway, I really think that it would help tremendously if I went to a therapist to work some of this out and start accepting and working on moving forward with my life and learning the best ways to come out of denial fully and cope with everything.  I would rather a therapist who is familiar with fibromyalgia so that he can better understand what I am going through.  Does anyone know of any in central NJ or staten island that they would reccommend? 
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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   Posted 1/18/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, and welcome to the family! I can't give you a name, sorry, I wish I could. I just wanted to tell you I'm so happy your DH is right there for you willing to help. That Is BIG! I used to have the problem trying to remember what I wanted to tell the dr., figured it would stick in my head for the appt. - NOT. Now I start a paper on the computer for each visit. When something happens or I get a weird sensation, etc. I put it on my list. By the time I'm ready for my visit I see what has been going on. What needs to be addressed, what was nothing in the long run. I would suggest you also ask your DH for his input, things he has seen, things you have mentioned to him. Review your finished list w/ him before you go to the dr. AND take DH and that list w/ you.
I hope someone has some info on a good dr. for you.
God bless.   Alice.

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   Posted 1/18/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   

I do know Dr John Sarno, Rusk Institute, NYC, is renowned in this field. He only takes residents that can complete his program. Do not be turned off by the fact he refers mainly to back pain as fibromyalgia is one of his main subjects. His studies have proven that FM is a psychosomatic disorder and has made phenomenal changes in peoples lives. goggle him and read some of what he says. Not sure about any insurance coverage. I met with his protege in N.H. August '08 and have had very good results...

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