Well, I have a formal diagnosis

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by deettah, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. deettah

    deettah New Member

    I saw the physiatrist today (I kept saying he was a rheumy) and I was given a formal Dx of Fibro which he beleives was triggered by a head injury that I sustained in 1995 after a fall from my horse. I have all 18 of the trigger points and will be medication dependent to keep things under control it seems. No sleep again last night because of the pain in my hips I wanted to smash them with a sledge hammer at about 1:00am and then finally took a percocet. So now I guess I am wondering where do I go from here? I can't do my job because the flourescent lights are like acid on my nerves, I can't sit for an extended period at a desk, it's hard to type with my hand tremors and I'm not safe to drive not only because of the fog but the meds too. Any advice would be great, my claim through short term disability has been approved thankfully so I will have a little money come through.
  2. tngirl

    tngirl New Member

    Welcome to the board, although I'm sorry you have FMS.

    I also see a physiatrist, he was the doctor who diagnosed me.

    Pain management is a biggie. There are some things other than drugs that help (although I personally do include medication in my daily regimen). Many take herbal supplements and find relief.

    Have you tried any of the following?

    Heating pads




    TENS unit

    physical therapy

    I'm still managing to work full time, many are not able to and apply for social security disability.

  3. deettah

    deettah New Member

    Hi tngirl, I have done all of those which all seems to either only provide short term relief or no relief at all unfortunately.
    [This Message was Edited on 04/30/2007]
  4. Engel

    Engel New Member

    Hmmmmmm ... I didn't know they could DX fibro. Interesting. I am seeing one Weds only to have him regulate my anti-depressants. I have already been DX by PCP & Rheumy ... a 3rd won't hurt obviously. I don't want him poking around on me too ... lol. I am still hurting from the rheumy exam. I am just worried about getting told I should not/cannot drive any more. I am alone and there is no one to take me to grocery, pharmacy & appointments. My Dad will take me to some but he doesn't like to. I have been on STD since February. My pay has dropped to 60%. Will be 50% on LTD. I have 3 months to go before I can apply for SSDI. I cannot handle lights ... esp. flourescent. Good luck.
  5. tngirl

    tngirl New Member

    It's physiatrist not psychiatrist.
    A physical medicine specialist is a physiatrist.
    I agree that they look similar--but two different areas of specialty!
  6. obrnlc

    obrnlc New Member

    welcome to the board and the world of fibro, altho sorry you have to be here!

    Maybe being off work a little while can help you get out of the gigantic flare you are in, or at least help you to prepare for the next step if disabil. is necessary.

    don't be a martyr about the meds, they work beter if you take them before pain is too intense, altho it is easy to think"if i hold off i might get better without".

    glad you have STD to help you thru, but BE CAREFUL, trust no one in these companies.
    best of luck--L
  7. Engel

    Engel New Member

    A physiatrist is a medical doctor with specialized training in physical medicine, rehabilitation, and pain medicine.

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