Hi, I received a diagnosis of fibro 12 days ago and have been too angry & upset to even consider what this means, other than a future of being dismissed by doctors. I shall probably have a lot of questions for you all over the coming weeks (or months!) but the first one I wanted to ask was is there anything the NHS, or a doctor, has given you that ACTUALLY helps?
I'm not dead keen on taking medication, but I've found this diagnosis has really dragged me down, and it's not like I was 'up' to start with! I see that the med that was recommended to me (Duloxetine? A name like that!) is an antidepressant and I've tried a few of those, both SSRIs and the amitriptyline variety (good old 'fibro fog' is stopping me remembering the proper name for those), but didn't like the side effects. I don't want to be doped, dry-mouthed and gaining weight. I can't afford to gain weight!
If anyone has been given anything by a doctor that actually HELPS I'd love to hear from you. I am particularly plagued by constant pain (in my back, ankles & feet) and have tremendous problems with fatigue. I wasn't diagnosed with CFS, but afterwards, when I started to think about it, I suspect I probably have that along with my fibro', although how anyone can be sure, given the level of fatigue that goes with pain anyway, I do not know.
Anyway, I'd be glad to hear from anyone with any practical help. I realise I've lost all hope with this diagnosis and I need something constructive to try and dig me out this hole. Right now, I never want to go near another doctor, but I need to try and help myself somehow or I'll just go right under.