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So im told its all in my i going insane?!
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tia - August 16

just got back from my gp and well he says its all in my mind and im in need of a psychiatrist.i have been suffering badly with flare ups these past few parents think its in my mind the doctor thinks its in my i going out of my mind?!?!


Fantod - August 16

tia - NO, you are not insane. There are still lots of doctors out there that think Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a figment of our collective imaginations.

Go online to Amazon and order a book called "Fibromyalia for Dummies." Like all of the books in the dummies series, it contains good basic information on FMS. Read it and give it to your family to read.

I googled "Fibromyalgia South Africa" and came up with this doctor. I have no idea if the information is accurate or where you are in relation to Norwood.

Norwood, South Africa

Dr. Alta A. Smit
Norwood, South Africa
Tel: +27-11-728-2323
Fax: +27-11-483-2333

Good luck, take care and God Bless.




I am sorry that you are going through this. I know the feeling. I think MOST of us on this site at one point and time have been told it was all in our heads. Well, it isn't. This is an actual condition that has so many symptoms, the list goes on and on!

I do agree with Fantod about the book. I have had to do a lot of research and print out papers to explain to my family and friends that I have a REAL condition. Thank God I have found a doctor that is trying to help me.

You will also need medication. What symptoms do you have? (if you dont mind me asking!).

Take care and I hope to hear from you soon.


tia - August 16

Thank you fantod u r truly an amazing person :) i wil call the doctor first thing tomorrow.g0d bless


Fantod - August 16

tia - Another option would be to check with the Arthitis Foundation of South Africa. You can find them online (this website will not let us post web addresses). They may be able to recommend another rheumotologist that has an interest in FMS in your area. Take care.


Fantod - August 16

Dr David Gotlieb
Constantia Arthitis Clinic
G13 Constantiaberg Medi-clinic, Burnham rd, Plumstead, Cape 7800. South Africa


axxie - August 16

Welcome Tia

Like all of us, many quacks have told us we were nuts, crazzy, a figment of our imagination. The funny thing, it's well documented that there is a condition called Fibromyalgia.

My dear, you will have to arm yourself with loads of patient and be an advocate and teach many about what fibromyalgia is.

The pain is real and all the associated related illnesses that come with it.

There is still no blood tests, but there are compationate doctors who know too well that fibro exist.

I hope you get to see that doctor that Fantod has suggested, or someone else that can help you.

Come back and let us know how things well.

To save you a few visit, please lists all your aches and pain for the doctor to see, also a list of any medication you may take, including vitamins. This helps the good doctor make a diagnostic


axxie - August 16

What is Fibromyalgia?
Pain, Fatigue, Fibro Fog & More - All Part of Fibromyalgia Syndrome
Common symptoms of fibromyalgia:
Widespread pain
Chest pain
Morning stiffness
Sleep disorders
Cognitive or memory impairment (“fibro fog”)
Abdominal complaints
Frequently, people with undiagnosed fibromyalgia don't realize that a host of secondary symptoms are related to the pain, fatigue and other primary symptoms. Keeping a detailed list of symptoms can help your doctor make a diagnosis.

Additional fibromyalgia symptoms include:
Painful menstrual cramps
Vision problems
Nausea and dizziness
Weight gain
Chronic headaches
Skin problems
Muscle twitches and weakness
Doctors classify fibromyalgia as a syndrome, which means it has a group of signs, symptoms and characteristics that occur together.

To make a diagnosis, doctors usually rely on signs and symptoms alone. Complicating the matter, symptoms vary widely from person to person and often, as do their intensity.
Fibromyalgia Treatments

While a lot of fibromyalgia treatments are available, you'll likely need to experiment with different options before you find what works best for you.
Fibromyalgia treatments include:

Prescription drugs
Complementary/alternative treatments, including massage and physical therapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture
Vitamins and supplements
Moderate exercise, but only if done correctly

Lifestyle changes, including diet, stress management, and pacing

Every case of fibromyalgia is different, and no treatment works for everyone. You'll probably need to work closely with your doctor to custom tailor a treatment regimen that helps you become more functional. Many people benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, which involves several healthcare providers.



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