Mental Health

Discussion in 'Stress & Emotional Health' started by Ruth Elaine, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Ruth Elaine

    Ruth Elaine Member

    I recently contacted the specialist who diagnosed my fibromyalgia. I said I am feeling very unwell, and asked if they had any suggestions. They referred me to a psychiatrist "specializing in fibromyalgia." On the one hand, I will try anything. And yet, their reply left me depressed and discouraged. Are they saying that the pain and fatigue is all "mental". How could a psychiatrist possibly help? Am I missing something here?
  2. TigerLilea

    TigerLilea Active Member

    I would suggest you find a new doctor who "understands" FM.
  3. Ruth Elaine

    Ruth Elaine Member

    This is a respected group of arthritis specialists. As they diagnosed it, I was assuming they were the place to go for the latest treatments. My FP understands, but I thought a "specialist" would have more information.
    I mentioned it to a psychologist I visited for a few weeks. His wife is deceased now, but she suffered from fibromyalgia and he said he know all about the problems. And he agreed with the specialists. (I tend to go silent when I am surprised or shocked, or I would have asked for an explanation.)
    I haven't had an opportunity to ask my FP for his thoughts.
  4. Ruth Elaine

    Ruth Elaine Member

    Dr. Google tends to be too complicated or random. So today I looked at forums and chose this one. And I bought a book for reference Fibromyalgia & Muscle Pain by Leon Chaitow. I've had fibro since my early 30's - I'm 59 now. It seems to be getting more intense as I age.
  5. Ruth Elaine

    Ruth Elaine Member

    Mononucleosis was the trigger for me. It's like I never recovered. Before mono I stood outside the door of the preschool with the other parents waiting for my son. After mono I had to sit on the floor. I still have trouble standing in a line for long. I always worry when I have to go to the DMV. :cool:

    My Mom was in her 60's. I was in my 30's - a slim and active wife and mother of two. But Mom had more energy than I had, so I knew something was wrong. Of course, it took years for a diagnosis.
  6. Darrae

    Darrae Member

    Welcome Ruth Elaine.

    Eighteen years ago FM entered my life via a serious car accident. I just didn't get better. Every day I woke up feeling like I'd been hit all over again! I ran a constant low-grade fever. I felt almost flu-like symptoms. I had no energy. I hurt all over. Not just the places injured in the accident. After two years, and umpteen medical tests later, I had a doctor insinuate that I might want to see a psychiatrist. I told him the psychiatrist had seen me and I had seen the psychiatrist and he had deemed me mentally fit. Try another avenue!

    When doctors run out of blood tests, x-rays, and explanations, they are very quick to let you think it's "all in your head". Don't buy it for a New York minute. Your pain is real. Your FM is real. Your symptoms are real. Fifteen minutes with a Rheumatologist and, viola! Diagnosis. Many of us have sought relief and explanation for years. Sure, counseling might help. Talking about how you're feeling usually does. But there are so many more avenues to investigate for you.

    Leah is right. We are a melting pot. We all have different methods of dealing with our conditions. Some of those methods have helped more than a few. You will find a wealth of information here. You will also find people that "get it" and lend support and understanding that you don't find elsewhere. She has given you some very good insight and advice.

    Looking forward to getting to know you. You are welcome here. :)

    Dar
  7. WhackedOut

    WhackedOut Member

    Hi, I think what they are saying is instead that disabled people will often suffer with depression because of the ways being disabled makes the world a harder place to get around it. People suffering from any disabling and stressful disease like cancer, etc, very likely will come to be clinically depressed also. I have been taking antidepressant meds since 1998, well before the ME/CFS consumed my life. ME/CFS sufferers have a high rate of suicide because our quality of life is so low.
  8. Ruth Elaine

    Ruth Elaine Member

    Thank you for your opinions, everyone! I am currently seeing another rheumatologist. We know I have osteoarthritis, but she is also testing for lupus. Perhaps I wasn't clear enough with the previous specialist regarding my problems, but this woman listened, so I feel that she will help figure out what is happening. There is a set of symptoms that is different than before, which is what I was asking about in the first place.

    I do have clinical depression. I have had it for years, as has one of my sisters. I have been on medication for years, and have had counseling. We know all about the depression, why I have it, what triggered it, etc. At one point in my life I eased off of the antidepressant and was doing very well - until the fibro muscle pain returned. It hit me like a truck. My sister told me that antidepressant is a treatment for fibro pain, so I immediately took a couple of my left-over pills. The next day the pain was gone. So I'm on antidepressants for the pain now, not depression.

    A touch of humor now - I was spending the night with my daughter and her family. I was feeling uncomfortable, so decided a hot bath would be nice. I couldn't get out of the tub! All of my joints hurt so badly, I couldn't function. I was not about to have my son-in-law haul me out; he is a fireman, and has certainly seen worse, but I have my pride. So I slid over the edge of the tub onto the floor. (Picture an overweight seal.) After a rest, I was able to use the toilet to get on my feet. The next day, I was fine.

    This is just one example of my recent experiences. I think you will understand when I say that I hope she does find lupus. There are treatments for it, and the medical community accepts it.

    RuthElaine
  9. Apart from some psychiatrist. I know some lifetrack ounselling who can guide you and give a better solution for your fibromyalgia problem.
  10. shepherdb

    shepherdb Member

    I am new here - and this seems a topic worth picking up: As others have said, I'd be very cautious to go anywhere near a psychiatrist with FM, not lest because of the severe side effects of the drugs they tend to prescribe.
    However, psychology plays a part in all illness and certainly in FM. So a good understanding of applied psychoneuroimmunology can help us to feel better, be more motivated to tackle symptoms. It is a great shame that the expertise around the complex relationship between body and mind is still widely written off as under 'all in the mind' - by Docs and - consequently by patients....
  11. shepherdb

    shepherdb Member

    an author by the name of William Bloom has published a book on applied psychoneuroimmunologiy (PNI) - called something Endorphine - which I have found helpful as it is practical. In any case, I have to remind myself:
    there are elements of
    - depression in my symptoms,
    - toxicity/acidity due to overeating fast food to 'manage' low energy,
    - high sensitivity and stress on the side of the nervous system,
    - muscles and tissue inflammation.

    The tricky thing is that the first one can stop me from doing something aobut the rest. I find I need to have a log where I am accountable to myself to do something that lifts my spirit every day, several times if necessary and then, in my case, cary on with subtle exercise/tissue massage such as acupressure, shiatsu, chi gong.. and herbal remedies for detoxing...