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Uninformed Gastroenterologist
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kentucky girl - August 18

Well, I had my first encounter with a supposedly educated physician, a gastroenterologist yesterday. I have been having muscle spasms in my esophagus and the entire length of my intestinal tract. The pain is severe and lasts for several days. I made an appointment with my gastroenterologist to get some help. Much to my surprise, he informs me that fibromyalgia is a condition of the skeletal muscles and not of the smooth muscles such as the esophagus and bowels. He said it was very unlikely that the spasms were related to the fibro and that he said that it would be considered very rare and unusual. Instead he diagnosed me with acid reflux. I don't have acid reflux. I have no problem with any foods except when I have the muscle spasms. When I do have the spasms, I am unable to eat solid food and can only get down a little liquid. He even questioned that I was unable to eat. I think he thought that I was making all this up!!

I can't believe this doctor is so uneducated about fibromyalgia! I am furious with this doctor to the point that I will never go back to him! I intend to request my medical records and find a doctor who at least knows what fibromyalgia is and how it also affects the intestinal tract, in the way of irritable bowel and my guess with the muscle spasms I'm having.

Have any of you ever experienced this with a gastroenterologist?

Thanks for letting me vent. I'm still furious, but it does help to let it out to those of you who understand that fibro can affect multiple parts of the body.

Kentucky girl


lucky13 - August 18

I would be finding a differant DR as well, not just because of what he said about Fibro, but because he is not taking you seriously as a patient, and taking your whole medical history into account and doubting your symptoms. A Dr should never doubt a paitent's symptoms, every, a good Dr will find the real answer if they don't know it, or send you to someone who can.
When you find a new Dr, if they also say the same thing about Fibro, fine, as long as they try to find the reason behind what is happening with you (because it could be that it is not fibro related) IBS is not "caused" by Fibro, but is one of many associated problems that can come along with it.



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