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    Old 04-09-2004, 07:05 AM   #1
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    How is Fibromyalgia classified?

    I was wondering how FMS is classified and which type of doctor best treats it? My GP says he doesn't treat chronic diseases and the rhuemy I've seen twice told me that if bloodwork doesn't show auto-immune disease that he believes I have FMS and he won't treat me. So, if everything else is clear, they're gonna call it fibro... and I won't have a doc to treat me when I need help.


    Is this auto-immune, neurologic, endocrine, what???

    Any suggestions on what type of doc to see?

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    Old 04-09-2004, 07:27 AM   #2
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    Re: How is Fibromyalgia classified?

    It is classified in different ways according to where you look it up. It is neuromuscular, immunocompromised (which also includes arthritis, lupus, etc.) disorder. Finding a doctor to treat is a very stressing challenge unless you are very fortunate. If doctor states they do not believe in fibro make a hasty exit as you are wasting your time and money and inflicting undue stress on yourself. I have been to two orthopedists, one general medicine, two internal medicine, nephrologist, eye doctor, physiatrist and starting with rheumatologist end of May. I have also been through two different sessions of physical therapy and now am going to massage therapy. I am sorry that I cannot give you any good advice. You usually start with your family doctor and get referrrals to specialist. With fibro it is advantageous to live in a large city which I do not.

     
    Old 04-09-2004, 11:09 AM   #3
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    Re: How is Fibromyalgia classified?

    im seeing a guy who is a rheumatology consultant with a further speciality in CFS/FMS/ME, maybe just look around until you can find a rheumy who will treat you - tho there isnt really much treatment atm unfortunately :-(

     
    Old 04-09-2004, 06:46 PM   #4
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    Re: How is Fibromyalgia classified?

    Fibro can best be treated by either a rheumetologist or pain specialist. I happen to see an excellent pain management specialist. In Az I saw a Rhumy. Depends on the Dr's I guess. The important thing is to get moving and get to one of these two specialists. I do not see a phsyc doctor as I have no phsycological disorders. My advice would be to use the phone and call several pain clinics and find one that treats other FM patients. Then get with your PCP and have him/her write you a referal. Good Luck!
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    Old 04-09-2004, 09:06 PM   #5
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    Re: How is Fibromyalgia classified?

    Thanks all-
    I was afraid of that. I have already seen two rhuemys in my area. The first failed to recognize that I do have symptoms and the second doesn't treat FM. I do live in a large city...but I've been told there are less than 18 in this area total. Guess I'll just have to keep going through dr's to find the right one.

    Have a good weekend!

     
    Old 04-12-2004, 11:44 AM   #6
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    Happy,
    Dont forget to try a pain management clinic as well. Add them to your call list and you may end up with a wonderful physicain such as mine. It may also help if you told us what state and city you are in. There may be one of us in the same are that could give you a number or 2 to try out.
    God Bless,
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    Old 04-12-2004, 11:06 PM   #7
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    Re: How is Fibromyalgia classified?

    Dwayne932,
    Honestly I hadn't thought about a pain management clinic...thanks for the tip. I live in the Kansas City area and I know of at least on such center.

    BTW- does fibro cause your BP to be elevated? Mine has always run around 120/60 and I've never had "white coat syndrome." But now, just since February, it's running 135/95 and 150/90 in the dr's office and 131/82 at home.

    Thanks for the help!




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    Happy,
    Dont forget to try a pain management clinic as well. Add them to your call list and you may end up with a wonderful physicain such as mine. It may also help if you told us what state and city you are in. There may be one of us in the same are that could give you a number or 2 to try out.
    God Bless,
    Dwayne

     
    Old 04-13-2004, 01:02 PM   #8
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    Re: How is Fibromyalgia classified?

    BP seems to get crazy at times with me also. Mine is usually low, but there have been times when it shoots up especially if I am having the heat attacks.

     
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