Hi everyone. I was finally diagnosed this summer. I'm a (clinical research) nurse, and pretty much figured out I have Fibro on my own. I saw a rheumatologist three times, and I won't go back to him. I think he's on some kind of a fishing expedition, and I don't like it. I have little respect for him at this point. He has done over $3500.00 worth of blood tests (all the autoimmune stuff, interleukin and tumor necrosis factor, routine labs as well), and that may not be the whole total. Thank goodness insurance covers a good portion! He insisted on doing his own series of xrays as well, but I don't know why he ran some of them. I understand the TB test (negative) and chest xray, but I don't get the spinal series completely. He hates that I want my test results before I see him in between appts. Sorry, but as a nurse, my mind can work overtime, and I won't wait 3 to 6 wks to get answers. On the last visit he walked away from me, and put the books I'd brought with me behind him. Was a pretty strong signal he has zero interest in my questions or concerns. His staff refuses to give me copies of my results without his permission, and I know that's not legal. I see my gastro doc in the morning, as I had a major flareup of what I think is gastritis yesterday. I'm thinking maybe eating cucumbers did me in? Anyhow, I do have IBS, no doubt like so many others. And I have migraines, more than I would like. I'm feeling as if I'm a hypocondriac at the moment, but I know what I'm feeling inside my body. I have depression and anxiety - thanks to having had an abusive ex who is bipolar, and because we had kids together, I can't totally get him out of my life. I think my immune system was leveled by all his suicide attempts (12 over 20 years of marriage) and his self-inflicted cutting escapades. Ugly stuff. Thankfully, I will celebrate my one year anniversary this weekend ) I married a very caring loving man. I can tell my anxiety increases my pain level, so I guess that part is "psychological". I tend towards hyperthyroid, which seems to be the opposite of what it might normally be. The doc felt it best not to treat - fine by me. I've also had a low grade fever for months. I asked the rheumatologist about it, and he said it wasn't normal for fibro. Anyone else have/had a low grade fever? I had a Sed rate come back at 36 the first time, but recently it was 12. Below 20 is normal for a woman. I did have yet another UTI, but was treated. I tend to have chronic yeast infections, and even got to the point where I was using refrigerated caps of Acidophillus and some of Dr. Teitelbaums vitamins. The rheumatologist I saw doesn't "believe" in the female connection with yeast problems or vulvodynia, which I also have. I think he's wrong, and so does the PT I see for the pelvic pain problem. Geez, this does sound like I'm a hypocondriac! Ugh. Someone smack me! I don't want to be on pain meds, and rarely take them. I don't like the fact I have to take Trazadone for sleep/depression, but without it I'd be waking up every couple of hours with panic attacks. And I know I'd be a lot worse off without the Flexeril I take at bedtime. I've taken more Diflucan for yeast than I can remember (and tested negative for AIDS and diabetes - thank goodness). Funny, I felt so good while I was on a cruise this summer with my hubby. Hardly any pain. Minimal stiffness, as I recall. Got off that boat, and wham! Back in the thick of it. Had a migraine in the airport while waiting to go home LOL! Anyhow, didn't mean to post an essay. Just curious if anyone can relate to my symptoms. Thanks, Lisadot in Southern Cal - close to these awful fires, and praying for all those who are at the flames borders!