Re: Anyone have RA and FM?
The two occur together much more often than one would think. It would seem to me your GP is among others who consider fibromyalgia at being all in your head.
Now to my little quirk. I have had fibro for more that 20 years. Recently my doc ordered a test for RA. I have no idea what prompted him to do so as I had no symptoms at the time. That was this past spring and now my hands are about to kill me. I think I saw the Rheumy as I was starting a flare and there wasn't a problem then other than mild aches from the fibro at that time. Anyway, I went to the rheumy and he kept saying that my labs didn't make sense. He sent me for more blood tests and ex-rays of every joint in my body. A few days later, his staff called me to say I had antibodies to hepatitis C and I needed to see a gastro doc. I have had hepatitis since 1967 when I had a blood transfusion. Medical personnell who are around needles are also high risk as well as those who use ithe same needle that was first by an infected person. Anyone who has had a blood transfusion before 1992 and are having achey joints should be tested for hepatitis. Don't let the doctors put you off by telling you your liver enzymes are normal, so you can't have hepatitis C. My liver enzymes have been normal my whole life and in fact are still very normal. Even so my liver biopsy shows the beginning of damage, which is stage 2. This is not unusual as hepatitis C is both chronic and usually progresses very slow. That's how it is for the many, many more who are infected and are unaware of it. The greatest majority of doctors seem unaware of this.
If I had know earlier in my life of the hepatitis I would have been much more careful around fumes, and watched a little better what I ate and drank.