DR's appt today:anxiety

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by qnjamie, Sep 20, 2005.

  1. qnjamie

    qnjamie New Member

    I have an appt at 2pm. I've been asking my primary to send me to a pain specialist if he doesn't feel comfortable prescribing a pain killer.
    He keeps sending me to a physiatrist, which I wouldn't mind if he actually cared or helped. He specializes in back pain and last time he told me that he wasn't sure I have Fibro and he thought it was just myofascial pain.
  2. LollieBoo

    LollieBoo New Member

    I'm concerned with how he minimizes the pain of any disorder he thinks you may have. It sounds to me like you need a more supportive doctor! Maybe ask him to do whatever it takes to confirm your diagnosis one way or the other, and (IMO) if he says he can't, ask him how he treats a patient when he does not believe that they actually have what they're seeking help for!

    But truly, be up front with him that just going to a dr's appt is now causing you extreme anxiety, due to his apparent dismissal of the pain that is limiting your ability to function. That anxiety will continue to compound your pain symptoms. And be resolute. Know before you go that YOU are running the show. It's him that needs to impress you, not the other way around. You may decide that you need to find another dr... so do. If that is the "worst-case scenario" in you mind, maybe some of your anxiety will let go.

    Praying for you, and hoping for the best!
    -Lollie
  3. Joyce345

    Joyce345 New Member

    Every time I have to see a new Doctor, I work myself up and then the anxiety sets in.Let me give you some tips on what works for me. I know this sounds weird but I have a little Beanie baby that I keep in my purse. When I get nervous, I just touch it. Also write a few names down on a piece of paper who you love and care for you. Look at it and remember you're not alone. Heck, write my name down because I love to take trips and I promise that I'll be very quiet:)))
    Honestly, if this doctor isn't sure what you have, I would be concerned. I really don't know what myofascial pain is, so if you get a chance let me know. In my past experience with a pain specialist, it didn't work out well. I prefer a med to relieve any aches or pains because my tolerance is low for pain.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you:)))
    Luvs & Hugs,
    Joyce
    [This Message was Edited on 09/21/2005]
  4. qnjamie

    qnjamie New Member

    Myofascial pain is very much a part of Fibromyalgia. It is a syndrome that can be coupled with Fibro. I overwhelm most DR's, so I have learned to focus on my worst problem, which happens to be pain in my neck and my shoulder. The myofascial problems developed because my job was very repititious.
    I do agree that the problem in my shoulder is myofascial related. (Myofascia is the sheath around a muscle)
    I just found out I am pregnant so they really can't do anything for me until I deliver. He is getting me a tens unit and another EMG. They will help for now.