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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Well, my dear readers I have some encouraging news. After living in Florida for three years, I finally found a rheumatologist who takes my insurance and is taking new patients! You’d be surprised how many doctors here are not taking new patients!
Monday morning at 9:30 I will be seeing Dr. Magaly Villafradez-Diaz, M.D., in the Rheumatology department at Omni Health Care. Now prayerfully and hopefully my Lupus, Fibro, and psoriatic arthritis will be properly treated; and maybe just maybe my daily pain can be knocked down a few notches!
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I’ve carried this cross of pain for nearly a decade and some days have been easier to get through than others, especially with no real pain control. Yes we men do make up a good number of people with chronic pain.
I moved to Florida one year and three months ago and since that time I have yet to find a doctor that believe in Fibromyalgia or that men get this disease as well as women.
Just like I haven’t found a physician here that believe that men get migraines, I was told that is purely a women’s disease. I call bullshit on the medical community here in Brevard County Florida. I think all of you doctors need to go back to medical school. Also those of you doctors that are not from the United States and whose native tongue is not English, please try learning the language here a little better you are very difficult to understand.
I’ve been asked a few times why I don’t try natural route ie medical marijuana, even if I wanted to I cannot. The drug is still a Class I Narcotic according to the federal government and as I have a mental health license I have zero tolerance clause. Until such time that the federal government and my secular employer allow such a treatment I can’t even think to get it.
What’s the point of this post…it’s more of a venting rambling while I’m sitting here at work.