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I had my second visit with Dr. V on Wednesday. She went over my blood work and it was all good. The lab did rule out Lupus so that is one less diagnosis on my chart! But we traded it for another that goes hand-in-hand with fibromyalgia, Allodynia (pain from touch).
We went over my medication and she increased the gabapentin to 1600mg a day. She also added something for breakthrough pain, Soma. I’ve had a few doses now and I can say it takes the big edge off the pain but if I take it I’m not going anywhere that’s for sure!
I see her again in January!
So I met the rheumatologist today. She is definitely a good doctor on first impressions, she’s Latina, from Puerto Rico; and is pure spitfire! I’m going for a round of X-Rays, Lab Work, and I need to have a Sleep Study done. She agrees 100% that I do indeed have Fibro, though Dr. V. is not fully convinced that I do indeed have Lupus; but she is going to investigate that with some of the lab work.
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This is my reaction to the above article.
The problem is people with chronic pain such fibromyalgia (which I happen to have) are told the pain is all in our heads. A good many of doctors refuse to treat the pain and label us as drug seekers.
Doctors have to listen more to their patients. I’m in pain 24/7 and all I have to rely on is Motrin and Aleeve, as well as BioFreeze and IcyHot (all which barely touch the surface of the pain). While I understand the addiction epidemic there is also a pandemic of pain and physicians are not treating people with pain disorders correctly. It’s time that doctors got a little more education in the sufferings of their patients. End the stigma. We are not drug seekers! We are pain warriors who just want a little relief from pain to live and function like the average person does!