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laurabelle0402 - October 1

I had a nervous breakdown in June and attempted suicide. I was diagnosed with Bi Polar I disorder and PTSD. On returning home, I began having terrible jerking in my legs, I couldn't stand for anyone to touch me, and I felt like I was in a mental fog. I have other symptoms as well. I will be happy to address those if anyone wants to hear them. My point is that my psychiatrist feels that those symptoms are probably fibromyalgia and I went to a neurologist. He did one test, told me that I have no neurological problems and that I just need to get more sleep. I am really discouraged. I already have so many other problems and I thought that the physical portion would be easy to diagnose. Instead I am in considerable pain and highly dysfunctional. Could someone enlighten me? Am I pursuing this incorrectly? Thank you for your time.

 

somebodycares - October 16

A neurologist diagnosed my Fibromyalgia after many years of frustration from years of doctors telling me I was depressed (I have chronic depression), stressed, a hypochondriac and a variety of other things. I was sent to the neurologist for intense migraines, so the Fibromyalgia diagnosis was a huge surprise; it isn't really a neurological thing. What you probably need to see is a Rheumatologist and/or a rehabilitation doctor who specializes in Fibromyalgia. All this being said, not all doctors are good at diagnosing/treating Fibromyalgia that is why I want to emphasize the specialist part. When you call to make an appointment ask about the doctor's knowledge in Fibromyalgia. If they say he/she treats it, ask if they specialize in it, if not move on to the next. You need a proper diagnosis from someone who knows what they are doing. You might also be sent for other tests such as sleep studies, blood work, etc. Remember some psychological medications can have odd side effects too (brain fog, jerking/shaky legs and arms). Good luck.

 

laurabelle0402 - October 16

Thank you so much for responding. The neurologist was so dismissive and rude. He called me "sweetheart" and "honey" the whole time I was there. I went to my primary care doctor and was referred to a rheumatologist. She diagnosed me with fibromyalgia and I will be on Cymbalta and going to aquatic therapy three times per week. I feel so much better just knowing that this is not all in my head. Thanks again for your post.

 

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