Do you see a Psychiatirst??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by chp1298, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. chp1298

    chp1298 New Member

    Yesterday my rheumy suggested again for me to see a shrink. I was insulted the first few times she said this but now I am reconsidering because I know I am depressed and the doc thinks it could help with my sleep probs. I think she just doesnt want to give me any more meds. When she prescribed the CYmbalta she refused anything else for pain. I called my PCP and he called me in vocodin. I think that I am throught with this rheumy and will use my PCP.
    I have called my insurance and vfied that they will cover a shrink and all they wanted to know was if I was considering doing any harm to myself.

    What do you guys think abt a shrink? SHould I try? It will be so embarrasing.
  2. laura81655

    laura81655 New Member

    I have seen a psychiatrist who is very knowledgeable about which meds help with chronic pain, just wish I wasn't so sensitive to them. Try to find one that also has psychiatric medicine and a neurology background. Ask through your plan when you try to find one. Also, if you go ask the psy doc if they treat people with fibromyalgia.
    Good luck, hope this helps....
  3. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

    He helps me alot with my depression and trying to understand the FM and CFS.

    He knows alot about the 2 and has sent me to the most wonderful neurologist there is.She is also a believer in FM and CFS.

    I would be lost without him.And hes CUTE LOL.

    The only thing is he does not take INS.I have to pay upfront and then send to INS. for a refund .A pain but well worth it.

    Good Luck
  4. Alyndra

    Alyndra New Member

    But between their holier then thou attitude, and them putting me on the wrong medication that actually ended up causing me to do harm to myself - I have little to no faith in their line of work anymore.

    I spend more time telling my doctor he needs a shrink more then anything now ;)

    LISALOO New Member

    Not so much for drugs, but for cognitive behavioral therapy. I'm desperate for help. I feel like I'm too weak a person if I go, but I need to get rid of that feeling. I've had bad experiences with other family going, so I'm still on the fence. But I've seen studies say that CBT helps
  6. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    Many psychiatrists can be helpful to those of us with chronic illness. A place to vent and to learn to cope better can be enormously comforting.
    Through no fault of ours, we face great challenges and there is nothing weak about seeking all the help we can get. In fact, I think it is a strength to find ways of facing our feelings and dealing with them.
    It may not be for everyone, but I have felt very supported by a good psychiatrist.

  7. lauralea443

    lauralea443 New Member

    the first shrink I saw I did not like. The second one was great. In fact she helped me with issues from my past not with the FM.

    But anything that relieves stress of course helps with the FM.

    Don't be embrassed, it NOT a sign of weakness. After all, you would go to the doctor if you needed meds, this is just a different type of doctor.

    It was a great experience for me, with the second one. Make sure you are comfortable with the shrink.

    Good luck and don't worry no big deal. Just another doctor.
  8. Denamay

    Denamay New Member

    Just make sure you have a good one.

    There are some dandies out there. I see a psychiatirst on a regular basis.

    He has been a great help to me.

    He treats my fibro, depression and other physical problems.

    He knows alot about supplements and vitamins.

    I have progressed a lot with his help.

    Do not be embarresed, take advantage of what ever helps.

    At least give it a try, it might help,if not, put it down as another experience.

    I get pain meds from my psychiatrist and I do'nt care who knows it. Best of luck from Denamay
  9. vp

    vp New Member

    I thought it would be embarassing too, but you know what. It's alot more embarassing not to.
    Just because you need help dealing with all the stuff that goes along with this illnes doesn't make you weak. When it comes to the mentally challenging aspects of chronic illness, there is alot they can suggest to help you get through it (besides meds)
    I've always considered myself to be a strong person, but I have found that making the choice to get help has made me even feel stronger and more a little more in control of whats happening.

    I'm not sure what your insurance benefits are, mine depend on if the doc is the kind that can prescribe meds. Can't remember which on it is psychiatrist, or psychologist.

  10. DesertSnow

    DesertSnow New Member

    Make sure you find a shrink you like and feel comfortable with. I went to a couple and they just made me feel more depressed. I go to one now and like him a lot. I do get a bit embarrassed when people find out I see a shrink, even though I know it's nothing to be ashamed of. I'm in High School, getting reading to attend college, and have CFS, Fibro, and Restless Leg Syndrome. My shrink is familiar with chronic illnesses and he is trying to help be from being a teen w/ a chronic illness to an adult with a ci. He's been a great help.

  11. jfrustrated

    jfrustrated New Member

    I took myself off to a psychiatrist for a report as part of my application for an insurance pay-out. He was the greatest. I chose well and saw someone who is familiar with CFS. He gave me such support, understanding, confidence and sense of identity. He probably understood what I was going through more than anyone else I had seen. If you chose carefully, you may find him/her a real help.

    Shortly afterwards, my insurance company required me to see one of their doctors, an endocrinologist, who diagnosed me as having an untreatable psychiatric condition, even though he was obviously not qualified to do so. Even though I cried a little, I was strong enough to shrug it off because of the information and experience with a real psychiatrist.

    Definitely worth it, in my case.
  12. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    He was just awful. Didn't say much at all to me and I paid a $25 copay for 10 minutes of his time. He didn't believe in pain meds at all and none of his advice was helpful to me.

    I just stopped going and see my family doc for treatment of my FMS. He does a better job than any of the specialists I saw in the past. I have had 2 different family docs to help me with FMS. In the same office, but the first doc, a female left to go to another practice in another town.

    Good luck in finding a good psychiatrist. I later found out from a nurse who is in our family that this doctor was a jerk anyway. At least that is how she felt about him.

    Good luck!

  13. joycejoyce37

    joycejoyce37 New Member

    Just be careful when you go so they dont have you saying what they want you to say not what you want and have to say somethimes you have to shop around for them too because some of them have fibro as a all in your head thought too

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