How Does A Rheumatologist Confirm Your Diagnosis ?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by abcanada, Dec 9, 2006.

  1. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    I'd really like to know! I've been to Fam doc, Neurologist Internal Med Specialist and so far no one has actually confirmed my diagnosis. Thanks, Laura
  2. donnadee

    donnadee New Member

    My dr. confirmed my rheumatoid by a blood test. She took 3 before she sent me to rheumatologist. She said I either had rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. She said they are similar. Rheumatologist did blood work and said I had rheumatoid arthritis. Donna
  3. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    Do you mean FM or CFS?
  4. abcanada

    abcanada New Member

    Sorry I wasn't clear and I do have a Rheumatologist appointment but believe it or not it's not until Oct 2007. Wonderful Canadian Health Care Eh?
  5. twitcher

    twitcher New Member

    You must have 11 of the 18 tender points on exam. I saw several neuro's and a rheumy. A couple of the neuro's and the rheumy said I had fibro but none checked me for the tender points. I was diagnosed by a fibro specialist who actually checked me for the tender points and boy did I have them. They really hurt. I was "ouching" and pulling away and jumping while he was checking them. He said I had classic FM.

    Twitcher