I saw a new rheumatologist today. My old one was good but I felt like she didn't listen to me when I said that exercise didn't help, it only got harder every day. She would just smile at me like she thought I was lying. She also wasn't covered by my insurance but still saw me every 3 or 6 months, which was starting to add up.
The new doctor is increasing my dose of Savella from 50mg twice a day to 100mg twice a day and prescribed me Tramadol for breakthrough pain. I'm so happy! I've always wanted to ask for a pain reliever that I could take only when I really needed to, but I knew my old rheumy would say no. He went with Tramadol because I took it for a kidney stone back in February and had no side effects.
I'm glad I finally went looking for a new doctor. I'm not sure he's the one I'll see regularly, because he DID prescribe me Tramadol about five minutes after meeting me, without even asking who diagnosed me with FMS (he asked when, but not who or how). That makes me a little nervous, even though I'm glad to have the Rx. I'm intelligent enough not to take any drugs that I don't think I need, but still.
Anyway, I thought I would encourage others with doctors that they like but who might not be listening to them - look around!
Dx'd with: fibromyalgia February 2008, dysthymia & dysnomia January 2009, biliary dyskinesia January 2010
I had a laproscopic cholecystectomy in January 2010.
Meds: Savella, Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Nexium