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Being referred to a Rheumatologist
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Noca - December 9

I went to this new cancer hospital and I saw my new orthopedic doctor today who took over the old job of my previous doctor who passed away a few years ago. He took a few xrays and did a check on all my bone tumours. He believed my pain was real and wanted to find a cause for the sharp pains I was having in my chest and neck. He also is sending me to see a Rheumatologist, plastic surgeon(for the hand tumours), and a thoracic surgeon for my neck. He wants me to see the Rheumatologist before the rest of them to screen me for fibromyalgia and other reasons I guess. This will be the first time I will have seen a Rheumatologist.

 

axxie - December 10

Hey Noca, I'm happy for you, you got yourself a first class doctor. Seeing a rheumy for diagnostic that's great. I hope you get great result. Let us know. Soft hugs

 

Fantod - December 10

Noca - This is awesome news! Finally, a doctor who listens to you! I think that the plan sounds very good. Keep us posted!

 

hicarole211 - December 12

I've seen a rheumatologist in the last month and was surprised that he suggests that I have fms. I suffered in the summer from what I thought was an upper respiratory infection, full of fever, chills and aches. It subsided, but returned 3 weeks later- same fever and chills/aches, but the aches never completely left. All joints ached and felt like pins/knives cutting in knees especially. Had OA in knees and right shoulder; Just started Lyrica 75mg, but now BP is 157/90; always had perfect BP. So concerned that condition is true and getting worse. Cannot take anti-inflammatories ( causes hives); Just wondering if someone has similar symptoms/experiences. Thanks for letting me vent!!!

 

Fantod - December 12

hicarole211 - Welcome to the forum. I read the description of your onset of symptoms. In my opinion, a fever and illness does not precipitate Fibromyalgia (FMS). It is usually triggered by an accident, high levels of stress and sometimes surgery or an underlying condition that causes chronic pain like degenerative disc disease.

It is possible that your osteoarthitis triggered it but I would strongly urge you to get a second opinion. Not all rheumys are created equal. Because you had two bouts of fever close together, I would be considering Lyme Disease or something else long before FMS. You should call your local hospital and ask for the physician referral service. See if they can match you up with a rheumy that has an interest in Lyme Disease. Take copies of any recent tests and bloodwork with you to save time and money. It should be ruled out prior to settling on a diagnosis of FMS.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder of the central nervous system that causes widespread pain. The mechanism that causes it is not understood. There is no cure but it can be managed with certain classes of prescribed medication. OTC remedies do not work for the type of pain associated with FMS. Incidentally, there is no inflammation associated with FMS therefore an anti-inflammatory would not be an appropriate treatment.

There are three prescribed medications used to treat FMS. Lyrica, Cymabalta and Savella. If you feel that Lyrica is driving up your blood pressure, it is certainly appropriate to ask for something else.

In regards to your OA - I have a pretty advanced case of it along with some other perks. Since you are unable to take anti-inflammatories, I'd like to suggest a homeopathic remedy. Curamin is a spice which is a highly effective pain killer. For this application, it is highly purified and comes in capsules. You'll be able to find it online or in any decent healh food store. I use it for break through pain every day. I really notice a difference if I happen to run out. If you decide to explore this option, be sure that you understand how to use this supplement and any risks associated with taking it. Good luck to you and take care.

 

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