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   Posted 4/3/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I know I haven't been around for a while so I thought I'd stop by and tell you all about my first trip to my pain management doctor yesterday. After all the questions and poking and proding, he confimed my fibro dx for a third time now. He thinks something may come out of my autoimmune test that they ran this summer which came out just a little bit above normal. Other than that, he says I have nothing to worry about. He actually told me more than just "Excersie, Diet, and learn about the disease" like I've heard from every doctor. Right now he's set me up with a really easy exercise plan that I feel I can get just by walking around campus, which leaves more time for all the studying 'm doing right now! He cheacked my vitamin D level and will work with me to find a proper level for that, especialy during the sunless Oregon winter. He gave me some nature of vitamin suplement, Lidoderm patches (which are not big enough when your body hurts! But you can wear 4 at a time...) and put me back on neurontin. He recomended I go to a PT who understands pain and a pain psychologist for biofeedback, which intrigued me. He also has back up plans, which makes me feel more comfortable than just being handed a bottle of pills. I feel like he's actually concerned with helping me get my life back!
He also mentioned something about the cause of fibro that I haven't heard before. He said that there was a diffrent recombination of genes in our seretonin receptors, or something like that, which is coding for a diffrent protein in fibro patients. He also said it tends to affect intellegent, hard working, creative, emotionaly sensitive people. We all kind of sound like that on here! At the time it sounded sort of like a complement...
I hope you are all having pain-free days and enjoying the first bits of spring!

Fibromyalgia: 2008

Effexor 150 mg, Flexril 5 mg, Gabapentin 600 mg

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   Posted 4/3/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you found a good doctor....that's great!

coping with fibro since July 2004
Officially diagnosed with fibro and restless leg - March 2009
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   Posted 4/3/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
We do sound like a bunch of hard working, creative people who are emotionally sensitive. idea I think it IS a compliment. Your doctor sounds wonderful. Good luck on the program he has you on. Wishing you lots of pain free days.


Fibromyalgia, arthritis in spine and hips, IBS, Raynaud's syndrome, hypertension
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   Posted 4/4/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Ya know, Halsey... that's interesting about the creative intellegent people statement.  I was thinking about just that the other day.  The folks that I know .. all of the folks here in the forum , that have fibro always seem to be quite intelligent.  I was always a hard worker.. till it bit me in the butt a few months ago.  I don't think I every just worked a normal 40 hour week.. when I felt well or even when I didn't.. I always worked more than a 40 hour week.

Interesting.. Glad you found a good doc.. can you send him my way, please!!!

Fibormyalgia, 4x Lyme Disease Survivor, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Dyslexia, 2 Lumbar Disk Herniations, Allergies, Bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel, Psoriasis. 
Meds = Elavil, Tramadol, Xanax, Lipitor
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   Posted 4/4/2009 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I wish there were more doctors like the one you mentioned. Too often, we just get shoved a bottle of pain meds and told to get more exercise and then get sent out the door.

Sounds like you have things under control though! Keep us updated.

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   Posted 4/4/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   

I am so happy you've found a good Dr.!! They are truly gems.

Very interesting about the intelligence/sensitivity connection. I've wondered about that myself...
love and hugs

fibromyalgia, ibs, gerd, anxiety

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.~Carlos Castaneda

I wish you all the joy that you can wish.~William Shakespeare

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.~Erma Bombeck

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   Posted 4/4/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Talking about the seretonin rhuemy told me that people with OCD (me) are more likely to get fibro later. People with fibro are not more prone to OCD, but OCD'ers are more prone to fibro. He and a psychiatrist have noted this among their patients. I found that quite interesting.

You do have a good doctor that keeps up on things. Very fortunate. Mine is like that too.
DX fibromyalgia 2007, osteoarthritis, obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD, depression, anxiety, sleep apnea, hysterectomy.

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