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Am I a hypochondriac
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theresa55 - January 27

I hope someone can give me some advice, I sometimes feel like the pain is all in my mind. My family think I am a hypochondriac and I am beginning to believe it. My symptoms are constant pain and a feeling that I have something really heavy on my shoulders. I have had tension headaches for 14 years most days. I really hurt when I get out of bed etc. and even the soles of my feet hurt in the morning. I have days when even making a cup of tea is hard work. I have read the symptoms of fibromyalgia and can tick all the boxes. How do I get help? Can I just go into my doctors and tell her that I think I have fybromyalgia, or will she feel the same as my family. Please help.


Fantod - January 27

I am sorry you are in so much distress. I would suggest you call the local hospital and ask them for physician referral to a rhuematologist who treats FMS. If you think your doctor will be dismissive, go around them. You have enough on your plate without adding that to the list. I hop eyou are able to see someone who will listen and figure out what is wrong. Best of luck to you.


Gabbie - January 27

You really do need to see a good rheumatologist and have the necessary blood tests to rule out any other problem. I pretty much knew I had fibro before I saw a rheum (but I waited for him to tell me) but there are other things that can mimic it so it is important that you do not self-diagnose. Fibro is a "but you don't look sick" condition so it is really hard for people to understand it, even family and friends. It is important to remember that you have real pain with fibro and it is not all in you mind. This site is great therapy because everyone here really does understand. I wish you well.


lumper - January 28

I hope you get the answers you are looking for. My family still thinks I am a hypochondriac. If I had a dollar for everytime I have heard "but you don't look sick" or "why don't you just take some medicine" I could stop working and put my kids through college. I hope you get lots of support from your family. You will certainly get support here. Even if you don't log on very often it helps to read everyones stories.


JJ1 - January 30

I usually don't talk about my symptoms or pains. Just keep them to myself to avoid having people think I am a hypochondriac. Another way to find a good rhematologist would be to see if there is a fibromyalgia support group near you and see if they can recommend a doctor. I still have trouble fathoming this, but there are doctors out there that don't "believe" in this illness and you want to avoid one of those, so that is where the support group may be able to help.



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