AFTER VISITING YOUR DOCTOR ON A FEW OCCASIONS COMPLAINING OF PAIN AND FATIGUE. YOU MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE HIM/HER AGAIN: YOU: "Doctor I'm still getting pains all over my body. I sometimes feel feverish, and I am exhausted most of the time, I am also not sleeping very well." DOCTOR: "Your probably stressed, here have some tablets, have a few days off work and plenty of rest, and I'm sure you will feel a lot better." WHAT THE DOCTOR IS REALLY THINKING: How come I always get the hypochondriacs. YOUR RETURN VISIT TO SEE THE DOCTOR YOU: "Doctor the tablets you have given me are making me feel worse, I can't cope please help." DOCTOR: "You have to give them time to work, here try these they are a different type they have fewer side effects, come back and see me in one month." WHAT THE DOCTOR IS REALLY THINKING: Your being neurotic please go away. NEXT VISIT TO THE DOCTORS YOU: "Doctor I have tried various tablets but nothing seems to be working very well." DOCTOR: "Have you been taking them regularly." YOU: "Yes" DOCTOR: "Here you haven't tried these, Try these there a different kind." WHAT THE DOCTOR IS REALLY THINKING: Damn, I only know three types of this type of medication, I always prescribe these, and I don't know any others without looking in my prescription medicines manual, your causing me stress now stop being difficult and go away. EVENTUALLY THE DOCTOR REFERS YOU TO A SPECIALIST YOU: "Doctor please I'm feeling really ill, please can you do something." DOCTOR: "O.k I will refer you to the rheumatologist." WHAT THE DOCTOR IS REALLY THINKING: I will refer him/her to the rheumatologist, there's probably nothing wrong, but at least it gets him/her off my back for a while. YOUR VISIT TO THE DOCTORS, AFTER SEEING THE RHEUMATOLOGIST YOU: "Doctor I have seen the Rheumatologist." DOCTOR: "Ah yes let me see if I have your notes back from him, yes here they are, he say he thinks you have fibromyalgia." You: "Fibromyalgia, I knew there was something wrong, What's Fibromyalgia" ( At last you feel you can relax a little you have been given a diagnosis) Doctor explains. WHAT THE DOCTOR IS REALLY THINKING: I knew it was all in his/her head, the diagnosis confirms it. POST FMS DIAGNOSIS You keep asking yourself why the Doctor is so uninterested in your condition. "WELCOME TO THE REALITY THAT IS FMS" 1. It is quite likely that your Doctor will not be very helpful with your newly diagnosed condition. Why you ask? ( any condition that requires time and effort to understand on the Doctors part, will cause him or her too much stress, and we can't be having that now can we. So you as patient should try to be more understanding, and try and pretend your condition has gone away.) 2. It is quite likely that your Doctor will be of the opinion that Fibromyalgia is a mental condition rather than a physical condition. Why you ask? ( There are so many theories as to the possible causes of FMS, It is much easier, for the doctor to catagorize it under the mental illness tag. That way he can avoid discussing the complex theories with you, especially as due to your desire find out more about your condition, you will probably of aquired more knowledge on the subject than your he/she has, and we wouldn't wan't to make him/her look silly now would we.) It is quite unlikely that your Doctor will be sympathetic, supportive, and understanding towards your condition. If however he/she is one of the rare specimens that believe fibromyalgia is a real condition that causes real pain, then you have been blessed my friend. (you probably see pigs fly past your house on a regular basis, and it probably rains 100 dollar bills were you live) You should show your gratitude by getting down on your hands and knees and praying to God, Allah, Satan, Father christmas, or the Fairies at the bottom of your garden, or what other dieties you normally pray to, because you have been blessed my friend with a miracle, that is called an understanding Doctor. IMPORTANT: Doctors are over worked and under paid members of society, it is your duty as a patient to look after your doctor, and not over burden him/her with your problems, as this is an extremely selfish thing to do. Remember you just have a mysterious condition, that causes you a lot of pain and fatigue. Your Doctor on the other hand has a reputation to consider, and it is unfair of you to marr his/her reputation as an excellent Doctor by presenting him/her with a condition that he/she can't understand, relieve or cure. If you really wan't to help your poor Doctor, be patient, don't be a patient.