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Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Girlof41, Sep 11, 2002.

  1. Girlof41

    Girlof41 New Member

    Hi,I have been experiencing chronic fatigue, muscle soreness, sore throat, and trouble concentrating since June. Went to my doctor last month, bloodwork okay, he thought I was just anxious, but I really feel bad, I can't get up in the morning, I use to run every morning for 3 years, I can't even fathom it now. I'm not feeling sorry for myself, it could be worse, it's just so damn frustrating, and I don't feel like a girl anymore, more like an old hag!I go to another doctor on Friday. Any suggestions?
    Thanks!
  2. Girlof41

    Girlof41 New Member

    Hi,I have been experiencing chronic fatigue, muscle soreness, sore throat, and trouble concentrating since June. Went to my doctor last month, bloodwork okay, he thought I was just anxious, but I really feel bad, I can't get up in the morning, I use to run every morning for 3 years, I can't even fathom it now. I'm not feeling sorry for myself, it could be worse, it's just so damn frustrating, and I don't feel like a girl anymore, more like an old hag!I go to another doctor on Friday. Any suggestions?
    Thanks!
  3. LuvMeCritters

    LuvMeCritters New Member

    If I were you, I'd go to the top message on the board. It will take you to a page where you can order (free) FM/CFS booklets that are great to give to doctors, friends, and family. I did and gave one to all my doctors, and employer (when I was still working). They're very informative and explain a lot. They come pretty fast, unfortunately, I don't think you'll have them by Friday. However, if you go to the library here, you can find all kinds of wonderful articles you could print out and take with you. Good luck with your new doctor. If he doesn't work out, keep looking until you find one that believes and treats you right.

    Regina :)
  4. garyandkim

    garyandkim New Member

    FMS and CFS. That is half the battle a good doc that really knows. On the home page here there is a doctors listing and the one we found there has been great. We see a board certified FMS, CFS, infectious disease specialist.

    Keep a daily log and a list of every little symtom as well as the big ones. Keep copies of all your tests and records. Did they test for lyme, MS, Chari malformation (sp). Have you had MRI's Head and neck. and so many more. There are some great symtom list here in the lib. Use the search box here. If the doc doesn't go over all you give them or listen and have a discussion with you then get another. If he gives you meds and you have any problems call asap. We all react differently to meds and Pt so you may have to try many things and combos till you find ones that help. Did you say you have CFS? (Chronic fatigue syndrom). I know Provigal is a topic here and it seems to be a good one for that.

    Good luck and welcome to what we have found to be the best site and we've been to a lot. Research the lib here and go to the home page it's listed at the top of the board page.
    Good luck, Kim and Gary
  5. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hello, and welcome to the board. You will want to take some information to this next doctor appointment.

    Like someone just suggested, go to the top of this board, where it says; 'HOme' 'Library' and 'Community', do some reading on FM/CFS, and print out what you find that suits how you feel, take that with you. A whole lot of doctors are not familiar with these illnesses, and some just brush them off as its 'all in your head'.

    You have a day to get yourself some print outs, so start reading now!

    Good luck, and let us know how you do with the new doctor.


    Shalom, Shirl
  6. MicheleF

    MicheleF New Member

    You've gotten some great advice already...taking the time to write your symptoms down today & taking them w/ you is real important, as it's so hard to remember them all. I put stars by the most bothersome ones so I could find out how to treat those first, but keeping it updated is important too.

    Also if you can trace back how long ago your symptoms started & if an infection, accident, or emotional trauma immediately preceded the onset can help the dr w/ a dx. To get a cfids dx, you must have had chronic fatigue for 6 mos, for fms 3 months of widespread pain in 4 quadrants. Both of course have other criteria, but that's why it's imp. to note how long you've had your symptoms.

    And don't give up hope if you're not satisfied w/ your dr...there are good doctors out there. Take care. Michele