diagnosed today

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by iamlindab, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. iamlindab

    iamlindab New Member

    After months of wondering, I was finally diagnosed today with FM. I have been in constant pain for about two years, and it has just gotten worse as time went on. I work full time in retail doing mostly stocking so that is very painful for me. I am so exhausted after work that I just want to go to bed. My husband thinks I am lazy, but I kept telling him I knew there was something wrong with me. My regular dr. isn't much help at all. He just prescribes me stuff for my pain, depression and anxiety. I tried going to an orthopedic specialist this summer. He just gave me cortisone shots in both knees and said to come back if I still had pain. I didn't go back to him. A friend recommended the dr. that I saw today, she is a reumitologist (spelled wrong, I know) and she told me I have FM. But she also suspects that I have some form of arthritis too because some of my symptoms are not FM related, she feels there is a 50/50 chance something else is wrong. I had lots of ex-rays and blood work. Now it is two weeks of waiting to find out. I am very nervous about what she will say when I go back.

    Currently I am on Lexapro and Xanax for the depression and anxiety and Lodine for the inflamation and pain. She told me I could up my Lodine because my dose is very low. But if I do that and run out the pharmacy won't refill it because it will be too early so I am not sure what I will do.

    I was wondering what medications others are taking. And, how do people cope with work and pain. I could just cry and sometimes scream from the pain it is so bad but I have to work unless the dr. would tell me otherwise because I have bills that need paid. I have insurance that would pay them in the event I would be told to quit for my health but right now I have no choice but to work in pain everyday.

    The dr. didn't say too much today other than the diagnosis. I think she is waiting for the test results so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. momof471

    momof471 New Member

    Have you tried going to a rheumatologist or a pain medicine specialist? They usually have a greater understanding of fibro than a regular md or an orthopedist. I was diagnsed in September of 2005 after a work injury in February of 2004. I also worked retail, doing planograms and stocking. After the injury I went down to part time then was put out of work by my doctor's, less than a year after the injury, I developed pain everywhere! I thought I was crazy until I went to my rheumatologist. I had also tried about every medication in the book, I have chemical sensitivities so that makes it hard. I am still not working, I have the ocassional days where I ask myself why I am not, but those are few and far between. This illness makes me undependable. It is all I can do to get the minimum done.

    You are not alone.Keep searching for thr right doctor and the right medications or treatments, it takes time with this, what works for one may not work for the other.

    God Bless