Today is the Day I see the reumatologist I am nervous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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   Posted 5/13/2010 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
What if I dont pass the trigger point test. I have all the symptoms. They have done all x-rays and blood work to rule out arthritis. Im so scared of the trigger point test or her wanting to order new tests. What do you all think will happen?

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   Posted 5/13/2010 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Calm down sweetie. It will be ok. You shouldn't worry about passing the test. From the sound of it, you will. And if she does order more tests, just take it in stride. No doctor wants to diagnose a patient with fibro because it is a life-long illness. Just hang in there, do some deep breathing, and try to relax. Hang in there. Let us know how it goes. *soft hugs* It will be ok.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss

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   Posted 5/13/2010 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I understand the fear. When you are in pain it is scary. Just try to relax if you can. Can you take anyone with you to the appt. ? Maybe having a friend along would help ease your mind.
I struggle with FM,Raynauds Syndrome,gastroparesis, IBS and depression. I trust in God with all things. Been a tough journey and it's not getting any easier but thanks to God and my family I am not alone.

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   Posted 5/13/2010 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
What if I dont pass the tender point test. Does that mean I dont have it?

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   Posted 5/13/2010 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Take a deep breath and try to relax.  I didn't pass all of the trigger points but had some.  The dr will ask you questions.  You will be OK.  I just got my diagnosis of Fibro three weeks ago.  I know it is hard not to think the worst.  During my last visit, my dr said that it sounded like I was searching for an answer other than what I was told.  I was searching for the worst.  Now mind you, I had cancer thirteen years ago and am cancer free but those feelings do come back. As my brother says...Don't worry about something until you have something to worry about.  It is so true.  Please relax and let us know how you do.  Will be thinking of you



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   Posted 5/13/2010 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Mary, you have recieved good advice! Remember to bring a list of questions for your
rheumy along with any new symptoms you have experianced since seeing her last.
Also tell your rheumy that you have been having trouble relaxing and how nervous all of
this has been making you. The more open you are with your doctor, it is more likely that
your needs will be met. Let us know how the appointment goes.

Hugs, Robin
Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

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   Posted 5/13/2010 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Your pain is what it is. Ironically, no one can take that away from you (unfortunately!) If this doctor doesn't take you seriously, find one who will.
    Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, possible Meniere's, elevated liver enzymes, skin grafting on back, arthritis, scoliosis, lumbar disc damage, sciatica, IBS, migraine headaches, tachycardia, skin cancer surgeries on face
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Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken.

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   Posted 5/13/2010 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I have just about every symptom there is, although I may have one at one time and then not at another, and the trigger point "test" sent me through the roof... and I have not been diagnosed officially. My rheumatologist was willing to let me try Lyrica or something along those lines, but I declined. She did not want to put fibro down in writing, due to it being a life-long debilitating illness, unless I find that I keep having issues. I should add that I constantly wrestle with a vitamin d deficiency, which she says can cause a lot of my issues.

I have had so much blood work and xrays, mainly due to an elevated ANA test 18 months ago. In spite of all of that, no one is really sure yet if I'm fibro or auto-immune, or both, or neither. It's been a fun ride!

Don't be upset if you don't get a diagnosis or a label. Just do whatever you can to feel better, follow your doctor's advice as best you can, and try not to get too frustrated. I come here a lot just to read about what others are going thru. I often have no advice, but it does let you know that you are not alone. I have realized on this site that although I am in pain, other people have it much much worse... and they live with it.

ood luck to you!! Keep us posted!
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