Hi everyone - I hope everyone isn't in too much pain :)
I saw two doctors today, my family doctor, and a rheumatologist (but not mine, and he cannot treat me),
The family doctor dismissed my symptoms as being due to Methotrexate, Tramadol, or plainly in my head. He said the back-pain I describe is unrelated, and I must have banged it without noticing. This is despite MRIs and Xrays of my back showing it to be 100% normal. I have been referred to physical therapy (which will be useless, no doubt) for lower back pain. This is the third physical therapist I am going to have to ignore.
The rheumatologist told me it sounds very much like Fibromyalgia, and (very much OTR) he suggested Lyrica, along with ceasing Tramadol, and taking either Oxycontin or Fentanyl, until I'm under control. Admittedly, he couldn't see my entire Medical history, but he knew my diagnosis, current meds, and that all the bloods and scans I've had are well within the normal ranges for a healthy person, without exception.
I see MY rheumatologist on wednesday - he, so far, is ignoring all symptoms and refusing to give me anything other than lots and lots of Tramadol.
I firmly believe now that I do in fact have Fibromyalgia, I could publish the diagnostic check-box as an auto-biography. Just have to wait for my doctors to catch up, eh? The doc that told me it sounds like I have it, told me that a family doctor will never find it, and will rule everything else out 3 times over before it gets considered. He also told me my clinic will probably not treat Fibro properly, based on his experience working there in the past....
so yeah, I'm venting slightly, but ANY advice would be appreciated. I feel so much better for having spoken to a good doctor finally though, with not being his patient, I felt like what I was being told was very much unbiased by national targets and finance. I'm also surprised he took the time to stop and chat with me for 45 minutes when I'm not his patient, or even registered as a patient in that county! I basically stopped him on his rounds on a ward in the hospital, and engaged him in conversation, lol.
Love to all,
21, Male, England.
Dx: Psoriatic Arthritis, Chronic Back Pain, Dyspraxia
Rx: 25mg Methotrexate Sub-Cut Injection & 50mg Etanercept (Enbrel) Sub-Cut Injection
Oh, and plenty of Tramadol, Codeine, Diclofenac, Dihydrocodeine, Paracetamol, Diphenhydramine, and scotch
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