Yorkshire area

Hey, not been on here for a long time!

Really really beginning to struggle even more then I have been struggling before, I work full time in Lloyds bank, exhaused, in pain & just fed up of being ill constantly. Repeatedly breaking down in tears at work it's just becoming way too much 😢

Don't get much treatment for my fibro as I do just get fobbed off by all the Drs in my surgery due to me only being 22 I don't get any help at all.

Anyone in the Yorkshire (west if possible) know of any good Drs nearby and how I would go about getting an appointment and also any possible support groups in the local area.

Thank you

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  • Hi

    Sorry I cannot help with your query regarding doctors but the FMA UK site has an information booklet which can be sent to your doctor. This may help them become more aware of Fibro and how it affects everyone differently. Before I was diagnosed I wrote a long list of aches and pains I had, how I felt emotionally and how it impacted on my work and home life. The doctor gave me a diagnosis as a last resort - they couldn't find anything else.

    I sympathise with you being so young, it may be worth while talking to the HR department about changes that could be made to help you keep working. It's so hard to accept its either work or your health which has to take priority, unfortunately I have never found the elusive happy medium.

    Good luck with finding a GP and hopefully someone on this wonderful forum can help you x

  • Thank you very much I've tried so many Drs and ended up walking out in tears when I'm told there's nothing they can do I just have to 'deal with it' it's so disheartening knowing this is it, this is how my life will be from now on.

    Hate the thought of not working but it's getting too much, I can't not work due to bills but I'm sick of breaking down at work 😢


  • Sorry to hear your really suffering I have a 15 year old daughter with fibro and me she's really struggling too I live in London so I don't know of any gp,s in your area hope someone can help you good luck👍

  • Thank you, I know exactly how your daughter feels, mine started when I was 11 and was diagnosed when I was 15. So hard it is. Heart goes out to her.

  • Thank you for your reply yes my daughter had been suffering for years and got diagnosed last year

  • It is such a horrible cruel illness we all have and I hate what it has done to me and everyone else. There are always days you can and days you can't cope but keep going anyway.

    Have you tried applying for PIP as this is paid even if you are working and it may provide a bit of relief if you could then cut down your hours at work. If you have an understanding boss talk to them about Fibro and how it affects you as there could be something they could do to help at work.

  • I have looked into pip but with my anxiety I never get past the booklet stage as I am scared of the assessment part.

  • The assessment is a worry but if you are honest with them and tell them your worst possible day, they will understand. If you don't try you won't know . Good luck xx

  • Yeah thank you I need to try and stress less I worry too much. Being ignored by my Drs makes me worry more as I just think I'm going to get the same treatment everywhere I go.

  • Hi Kayshasmith1

    I am so genuinely sorry to read of how you are suffering and struggling as a result of your Fibro and I sincerely hope that you can find some resolution and relief to these issues.

    I have pasted for you below the FMA UK cache on support groups / contacts. So I sincerely hope that you can find a suitable group for yourself:


    If you are looking for a Fibro friendly GP, it may prove beneficial to ask at a support group as they will all have (presumably) done the circuit with doctors and know the good ones, the indifferent ones and the ones to avoid!

    I want to genuinely wish you all the best of luck, and please take care of yourself.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • I'm from West Yorkshire and I've not met a doctor or consultant as yet who is interested in Fibro- why don't you go on the sick for a couple of weeks rest up a while see if you can recharge your batteries it seems like your having a melt down and frazzled. Xxx

  • I though about maybe going on sick to get myself together but it feels like id be letting it win and letting the people at work down due to us being under staffed. I think I might have to though need to remember my health comes first. Thank you

  • It does where abouts in Yorkshire are you? I would ask your doctor for a referral to a specialist get as many tests assessments as possible.

    People at work will survive.

    Your health will suffer if you don't listen to your body x

  • West Yorkshire :)

    I'm at Drs on Monday so will ask them there its just so disheartening walking out of Drs so many times in tears when they refuse to listen

  • Where abouts in West Yorkshire he's the south West Yorkshire NHS Service.

    The reason I'm asking is I have been living with these illness's ten years and the only person who's taken me seriously is the physiotherapy department at st George's centre in Leeds

    These guys work alongside consultants

    hey can refer you for tests such as X-rays MRI and other specialist services such as counsellors....

    They are everyday people who seem very knowledgeable they treat you with respect and take your pain and anxiety seriously they are transparent and share information that they share with your doctor. There are these centres all over Yorkshire this is south west. If your not there look MSK physiotherapy ... Where ever you live xxx

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  • Thank you very much I can get to Leeds so gunna look into this when I get home from work xx

  • I'm sure whatever, they will support you and listen to you.🎈

  • There maybe one in your area 🎈

  • Hi I thought I'd update as above my physiotherapist didn't know how to treat me sent me to a spine specialist he tried fobbing me off sending me to a pain management clinic der I've been there done that ten years ago I found it to be degrading I was even told by a doctor 👨‍⚕️ don't bother going they just feel sorry for themselves huh then discharged me.

    Round and around in circles

  • No what u r going through ask your doctors to refer you for cbt as your docs r not supportive cognitive behaviour therapy, I have found it very helpfull , I wish u well. All so ask for occupational therapy at your work they r there to help you and have your work station looked at to see what can b put in place to support u ie light touch keybord mouse writing slop chair with gel arms this will help with shoulders a lamp for reading hope this give u a few ideas good luck angela

  • Ive just read your post and as a sufferer of aged 46 at my pip assessment today my assessor was a lovely nurse who completely understood fibro and my last assessor was a physio who also got it so I wonder why do and only some doctors not understand but i have finally accepted there is nothing to cure it's only to manage to which there's never a full symptom free day. I really feel for you for being so young and having to endure this vile disease as I've only been diagnosed 3 yrs ago so I have lived a bit of life never the less not working I miss not just the money the social side of it especially. Just don't give up there are doctors physio etc who do understand have you got a fibro pain management course in your area I got a lot out of that as other sufferers there and you do get a lot out of it hearing how others try to manage it. Don't give up try diff doctor see how you get on and take care of yourself sleep when you can as your job sounds demanding and exhausting take care. X

  • I tried looking for pain management courses etc but they are all when I'm at work as I'm out 12 hours a day 5 or 6 days a week it's hard to fit anything like that in. Tried nearly every dr in my little surgery so not sure where to go next.

  • You may have to be referred to a specialist then 🎈

  • Just thinking about you how are you! Did you get anywhere with msk or docs or are you still working? Hope your feeling as well as poss x

  • Sorry I've not had any internet.

    I am still working however I have been moved to a closer branch so my travelling time is cut in half only half an hour each way now.

    I'm still doing full time and still struggling.

    The Drs have referred me to muscular skeletal specialist who I saw on Wednesday and he just said he's referring me to a rheumatologist and he apologised that nothing had been done to help me before his words where it's an adult service they provide so it's difficult when someone under 18 comes which is why I basically got fobbed off last time however now I'm 22 there's more options.

    So I'm just waiting for that appointment now.

    Still considering putting in for pip but with stress & anxiety levels at the moment not sure if I dare give myself anything else to worry about even though know I'm the long run it might help.

    How are you? :)


  • Hi love how are you doing ok? It's been a while I've got my pip if you need any help it's hard to get if your still working though I hope your getting the treatment you deserve love xxx

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