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Old 07-11-2006, 11:03 AM   #1
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what to expect?

i have my appointment through to see a consultant rheumatoligist in the musculoskeletal clinic as i have been having fm symptoms can anyone give me a rough idea of what i can expect to happen on the day??

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Old 07-11-2006, 11:20 AM   #2
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Re: what to expect?

IME you should expect that you will be asked to give a complete medical history, with emphasis on current symptoms. You should also expect a thorough physical exam, all the usuals plus a lot of poking around your muscles & joints. You may be asked to move your limbs, also to do this against resistance. Your doc may measure certain body parts, like the length of both legs, to check that orthopedic problems are not contributing to your pain. Your doc will likely examine your skin, all over your body.

IME you're unlikely to have your privates examined, and certainly nothing like a Pap. Oh, and be prepared to have a lot of blood drawn, if not on the date of the consult, then soon after.

From YOUR point of view, it can be helpful to write down any questions that you have to ask the doc, probably after he's done his history & physical shtick.

Nothing to fear, my dear.

Best wishes.

Old 07-11-2006, 12:38 PM   #3
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Re: what to expect?

thanks for that,i have a long list of medical complaints for him!seems i worry now about everything hence wanting some more info on what to expect will feel better once diagnosed to stop me convincing myself its something more sinister and to stop feeling like a hypocondriact(excuse spelling!)thanks again

Old 07-28-2006, 05:19 AM   #4
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hi for the last couple of weeks i have been in pain with a small moveable lump in my chest/abdo musces one my left side sort of just under ribcage also noticed that in the same position on right side there is another sore area in more or less same spot but no lump!could this have anything to do with fibro really worrying about it especially as i have my specialist appt on 3rd!

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