So I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in November by my doctor (after seeing physciatrist who also agreed) and im now booked in for a clinical trial, first I have to get an official diagnosis from the rheumatologist at their fibro clinic, I have almost all of the symptoms but am just worried that they might say its not fibro...problem is its in another statrle so im worried about booking accommodation without the offical diagnosis. Has any one had any troubles with rheumatologist diagnosing?
Feeling a bix more relaxed found an article that the rheumatologist im seeing wrote and she wrote that they dont rely on trigger points anymore, so that gives me confidence, hehehe have to laugh when you are supposed to circle wherever hurts.. Like umm so do I just circle the whole body and then add more circles inside the circle for places that hurt more than the rest hahaha as frustrating as it is I still giggle and roll my eyes when it says circle where it hurts haha, thanks everyone
Technically they are not supposed to rely on the pressure point test to make a diagnosis. The diagnostic criteria changed in 2010, although some Dr.a do poke around to see if you are tender. My Rheumatologist relied on a diagram and had me circle which parts of the body I had pain. The rule is you need to have pain above and below the waste on both sides of the body. I filled out a big questionnaire in the waiting room before going in to the exam room and then we went over it together. After that he did a physical exam to check my joints for Arthritis.
Like most others, I saw a rheumatologist who did the basic testing (11/18 pressure points, confirming comorbids like IBS and hyperflexibility, etc) and by the end of the appointment I was diagnosed. This was after my GP tested me for Lupus and it came back negative. Very easy and actually a pretty pleasant appointment because of how kind and warm that particular doctor is. I imagine you won't have any trouble!
Same with me. Once the rheumatologist diagnosed me, that was it! Done deal.
And the file was then sent to my regular GP and I've been treated like a normal patient(?) ever since. No more brush off!! No more being treated like a hypochondriac!! I'd never been so happy to be told that there is something wrong and it's very real!