I Completely understand. Though I have not had the experience you have had or at least not on the scale you have. It is exceedingly frustrating to deal with drs today. I have been very frustrated and discouraged.
In my case almost two years ago I was diagnosed with Lupus and gout. Last fall My PCP suspected I had FM and referred me to my reumatologist for it. She said noway in H because I am too young (44). It only affects older women over 60(seriously she said that). She never asked about symptoms or anything. (BTW-I never suspected I had it either.)But I KNEW that she was wrong in her information. I work with a woman who was diagnosed with it a 1 1/2 prior and had done lotsa research for her. Well, I went back to this information and traced the symptoms and figured I prolly had this back to my teens.
I decided a 2nd opinion was in order. I got one. Yes to FM and no to Lupus and gout. Now here is the thing. I know I have gout...tests and symptoms prove it. I went for my 2nd opinion not being in a flare for either Lupus or gout. he tested me and couldn't rule out Lupus (much to his surprise). So I have conflicting diagnosis for that. I however, looking back on things think the LUPUS is right as well. prolly since a first flare in 94. He said that the Chronic headache and severe headaches/migraines I have been treated for (finally) for the past 5 years are a classic symptom of FM. My neurologist gave up trying to rid me of my constant chronic headache 2 yrs ago much to my dismay and dissapointment.
So after much confusion/soul searching. I have decided to continue seeing my reumatologist here at home for the Lupus/gout and the other Reum for FM. I figure that is the best way to go.
Sometimes I think it really is all in my head and none of it is real. That the pain is phantom. That the symptoms are all phantom. The back pain, severe muscle fatigue, pain to the touch, restless legs, severe joint pain, neck pain, elbow pain, brain fog, confusion, sporadic anxiety, sun sickness, heat intolerence, and i could go on.
Another thing that makes me think I am crazy: I have severe allergies and take shots/meds. I was tested originally and am allergic to shrimp and pecans. Well over the last couple years if I eat crab I have trouble swallowing so I figured that I have become allergice to the crab as well. Well my allergist tested me for all shellfish and all nuts (suspected new nut allergy) and they all came back negative.
So tell me, am I crazy or what. I think sometimes YES. I look at my box of meds and wonder why I take them at all.
I cannot take pain meds for the FM or Lupus or Gout. Except for Tramadol and with the above mentioned allergy testing ruling out nut allergy I think I am developing an intolerance for it. I also take naproxin as needed too. Neither helps a whole lot but better than nothing. And since I have a fatal allergy to codeine and hydrocodone it kinda rules out most pain meds for me.
At least I have drs who have said yes there IS something wrong with you. And the diagnosis actually came unexpectedly because I really wasn't looking for answers. I wasn't asking questions I was just suffering with all these things-weird things-as 'they just are'. Or I am just getting older and not that there was something actually wrong or something causing them. I guess in a way that is better than searching for anwers and finding walls.
I wish everyone had a sympathetic dr...if just ONE. It isn't right for so many to suffer so much when there is supposedly help out there. And sometimes just having a NAME/ANSWER makes all the difference in the world.
(Have I confused you yet?) Not sure I helped at all...in fact pretty sure I didn't but know you aren't alone in dr confusion.