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    Old 01-10-2004, 03:33 PM   #1
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    Rheumatologist vs Neurologist

    Well I went to both for my ongoing chronic body aches. All blood tests are normal. Both of these doctors are rated in a magazine as being one of the top 20 doctors in their fields in Chicago. Rheumatologists says I have no tender points so she ruled out Fibromyalgia. Suggested I see an Infectous Disease specialist. My internist told me to see a Neurologist for possible Neuropathy.
    Neurolist says is Fibromyalgia. He says pressure points are nonsense. Don't know where to turn now. All I know is that I am in chronic pain and fatigue almost everyday and it seems to be getting worse. I'm tired of Vicadin, Vioxx and Celebrex and the rest of these drugs.

     
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    Don't give up. Help is out there somewhere. Which doctor do you think is right or more on the right track? Ask that doctor to refer you to a doctor for treatment. (The Neurologist says you have Fibromyalgia. Ask that doctor to either treat you or refer you to someone who will.)

     
    Old 01-11-2004, 02:07 PM   #3
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    Don't give up. Help is out there somewhere. Which doctor do you think is right or more on the right track? Ask that doctor to refer you to a doctor for treatment. (The Neurologist says you have Fibromyalgia. Ask that doctor to either treat you or refer you to someone who will.)
    Neurologist gave me Ampien and Lexapro. Says nerve and muscles are not properly using adrenalin, which he believes is one of the causes for Fibro. Ambien, because serotonin is produced only when the body is in a deep sleep and Lexapro because it helps the body store serotonin. He believes fibro is a chemical imblance in the body. I've tried it and it makes me to dopey. So next is the EMG test.

     
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    Well, I also went to both. Rheumy wasn't much help although she did book me for bone scan and bone densitometry scan. She thought my problems were related to my crohns. I've had the bone scan, didn't show anything, but still waiting for the other one. The neuro I saw is the one that diagnosed me with chronic myofascial disease and then the rheumy agreed with his diagnosis but still says some of the problems with my joints are crohns related. I found the neurologist listened to me the best. I was in his office for over an hour and he never once looked at a clock or tried to rush me. He even went so far as to send a letter to an internal medicine specialist who tried to tell me my problem was that I was addicted to narcotics. The neuro is also the one that got me set up on the pain management program that I am on now. I have a letter from him that I carry on my person all the time. It has a paragraph in it that explains the difference between narcotic addiction and narcotic dependancy. I am supposed to carry this letter in case I am in an accident or something so that I do not get labelled a drug seeker. I agree with previous poster, don't give up help is out there somewhere. I don't mean to dishearten you but it took me probably about 15 years, possibly even longer, to get adequate help.
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    Old 01-13-2004, 10:05 AM   #5
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    Re: Rheumatologist vs Neurologist

    Wittesea,
    You're last paragraph brought tears to my eyes. I am sitting here in a lot of pain and reading that I am not alone. I know what I have, but it's very hard to cope. I too had to bounce from specialist to specialist. I take amien to sleep Zanaflex to spasms. ( this is newly prescibed) The Dr. also suggested taking 1 tylenol arthritis 6 times per day. I am trying.
    Thanks.
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