I use a board certified Internist that is a diplomate. An Internist has more education than a general practioner. By being a diplomate, they have to continue taking tests on new things in medicine and that makes me feel good because I know he is on top of everything.
That being said, when you see your doctor, many tests should be run to rule out other illnesses that have many of the same symptoms. If you are diagnosed with fibro, at least you they won't say it's all in your head. BUT you do need to use your head when you have fibro. If you have something that reoccurs that hasn't been happening before, you need to go to your doctor and be checked out. THAT'S why it's especially important to have a really good doctor.
Case in point....I started having some chest pain and heart palpatations a few years ago. I went to see my doctor and even though these can be fibro symptoms, they can also be heart problem type symptoms. My doctor didn't take chances and he gave me an electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram, an ultrasound of my heart, and had me wear a monitor. He also ran tests on my carotid arteries. Everything was great so what I was feeling was indeed fibro and costochondritis.
Never assume something is fibro. Always check with your doctor if you have something that is disturbing you that you haven't had in the past. Much of what we feel is fibro but you want to make sure. Plus, that will help with anxiety issues, too.
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