Hello to everyone here, and I hope youre all feeling as well as you can possibly feel today. Thank you for letting me in.
I wanted to ask, has anyone else had trouble getting their GP to take this condition seriously - or to even acknowledge it at all? Ive been having all the symptoms (except for the IBS) since around Autumn 2015, and after repeated, fruitless visits to my GP, I entered all my symptoms into the NHS web site and it came up with Fibromyalgia. When I mentioned it to my Doctor, she brushed the idea aside and treated the suggestion with contempt. Her help with this awful illness so far, (after she had stopped suggesting over the counter pain relief like Paracetamol!) has been to prescribe me Tramadol on a repeat, which worked a little at first but now, I'm finding that I have to take more than the prescribed amount. I was recently introduced to someone by a mutual friend who suffers from Fibromyalgia, and their symptoms match mine exactly, but they are prescribed anti depressants (which I can neither spell nor pronounce!) which work as pain relief, and work more effectively than do mine; has anyone else had this 'stonewalling' from their GP? By the way, I'm male, I'm nearly sixty, and, up until last Autumn, was physically active and still cycling, swimming, long distance walking and having an occasional fifteen minutes playing 5-a-side football. Not anymore, however.