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What can I expect at my first rheumatologist appointment
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melissa76767 - May 10

I have been tossed from doctor to doctor and FINALLY someone diagnoised me with having Fibromyalgia. I have been suffering in pain for over 10 years and currently I am the worst I have ever been. I have server pain in my lower back, hips, knees, ankles and tailbone! Tomorrow I am seeing a rheumatologist for the first time. I had to fill out about 20 sheets of medical questions and sign my life away about getting medication. Can anyone tell me what to expect. I have been on Vicodine, Prioxicam and many other things for years. I am sure she will want to get me off some of that and start other things. Any info would ease my nerves a little. Thank you!!

 

Jocelyn - May 10

Your new doctor will ask you many questions about what has been going on through the years. All you need to do is tell the doctor your history. On your first visit blood work will probably be ordered in order to rule out any other reason for your pain. Even if you have had blood work done tons of times, they like to do their own. Pain medication will most likely be offered. Make sure you read the side effects of any drugs offered. Many medications have bad side effects and really do not help. People on this forum have had mixed reactions to drugs. So far, I would say that the people on this forum still have pain and multiple tries with meds.

Just relax. You are paying the doctor to help you. You will be fine. Just tell it like it is!

 

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