wrong diagnosis or denial

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Tempee, May 24, 2003.

  1. Tempee

    Tempee New Member

    I was just told 3 weeks ago I have fm. The doctor told me on only my second visit to him. So now I think he must be wrong. That was too fast. I completely have the systems but then I have a few more that seem to go with Lupus that I never even told him about yet. Did any one else get such a fast diagnosis or mabey I'm just not accepting it yet? He gave me a perscription for Elavil but I'm afraid to take it since it's an anit-depressant. I'm not depressed. What does that have to do with my pain.
  2. Princessraye

    Princessraye New Member

    Hello. That is a very fast diagnosis. It may be because you have it or it may be a misdiagnosis. I don't think it is denial, I would be questioning the same way you are. ( I have had this 16 years)

    Sometimes anti-depressants are prescribed for better sleep to help with Fibro but not always for depression. My mom takes Elavil for sleep, she is certainly not depressed.

    It never hurts to go get a second opinion.
    I was checked for Lupus and if you feel you have a lot of the symptoms you should be checked.

    My best to you !

  3. Mumu

    Mumu New Member

    I had actually gone to my doctor for something unrelated, and mentioned the chronic back pain. The doctor pressed on some of the pressure points, and told me he thought it was fibromyalgia. I didn't know much about it at that time, so I read up on it and could see that all my other weird symptoms fit. I was relieved to finally have a name for my problem. I think that if a doctor understands fibromyalgia, he could spot it pretty quickly. That doesn't mean that you don't have any other illnesses in addition to it, though, so you might want to have some tests to cover all the bases.
  4. 2girls

    2girls New Member

    FM is basically a diagnoses by elimination, and even then many docs are skeptical. Please insist on testing - MRI, bloodtests, whatever is ailing you. Illnesses must be ruled out before diagnosing FM. I have had this for over 2 years now and I am still being tested for autoimmune diseases.

  5. Seagull

    Seagull New Member

    my pcp first ran all the needed tests to rule out everything else that my symptoms could be caused by. When I went to the rheumy, he was able to diagnose me on the very first visit as having FMS, secondary to CMP. He did rely, in part, on all the tests that proved I did not have any type of arthritis or lupus or ms or diabetes, etc.

    I have to agree with the other post -- have your pcp rule out these other conditions first. Then it is possible for the specialist to diagnose on the first visit. :)
  6. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    Hi Tempee, glad you joined our board. I don't know what to tell you. Some people might be glad to get such a quick diagnoses, but then again others may feel that the doctor jumped the gun. Is he familiar with FM/CFS?

    Since I have given up on the doctors, I would suggest you take the others advice.

    Just stopped to welcome you here, do let us know how you make out.

    Shalom, Shirl
  7. sb439

    sb439 New Member

    nice to have you on (the) board.

    About Elavil: if you are not depressed and have no serious sleep problems, I would see whether there is something else you could take, before taking an antidepressant. I don't have Fbbromyalgia (but CFIDS) but the majority of people on this board do, and they could make suggestions. (For sleep there are also things that are not antidepressants.)

    Also: Elavil in particular is known to cause weight gain, so *if* you take it, watch out for that. And if you have sleep apnea, Elavil can make it worse.

    All the best,