I’ve been suffering with tender joints and extreme stiffness when I wake or after sitting/ driving a very short time.. I look and feel like a 90yr old lady some mornings.. my doctor has run a few blood test and has said it could be peri menopausal symptoms
But after talking to a few friends of similar age, none of them have any of these symptoms
But after a bit of a google search I’ve stumbled on fibromyalgia... does anyone think this would be worth mentioning to my doctor?.. I’m just worried that my doctor thinks these symptoms are in my head as so far all test have come back fine..
Hi there. Your symptoms do fit with fibromyalgia however menopausal symptoms can be similar. Has one of the tests been a blood test for inflammatory markers which, if elevated, may point towards arthritis? In any case, you can insist on a referral to a rheumatology consultant who will do further tests and confirm if it is fibro or something else. Listening to others’ experiences, it is clear that some GPs are better than others regarding getting a definitive diagnosis. There is obviously something wrong and, until you know exactly what, you can’t move forwards. Please be insistant on getting help. X
Thanks for replying, yes I had blood test for inflammatory marker which came back normal, and I was tested to see if I was menopausal and that was normal, I’ve had these symptoms for a good 5 years but my doctor always put my aches/stiffness/headaches down to my job ( been a barber for 30 years) but seeing as I’ve just had best part of 3 months off work due to lockdown and I’m still aching I can’t see my symptoms are being caused by my job
Do you trust your GP? Perhaps see another one, maybe one someone you know recommends. Either way, my advice is still to request (insist) on a referral to a rheumatologist. You obviously need to know what it is so you can manage your symptoms better. Fibro affects people in different ways. I am trying to learn to pace myself and find that emotional stress exacerbates my symptoms. There are different drugs which may help - again, what helps you may be ineffective for others. Warm baths are the only relief for me, although transient. I am sure you will get loads more responses with help and support on this site.
Insist that you see a rheumatologist. I have a similar story I was a marathon runner then one day, I started to get tired, stiff taking 2 hours in the morning to stop the pain and stiffness.
My GP kept saying the menopause, then if was viral. Eventually I had to go private and after 4 and half years of hell, I finally got diagnosed with Psoriatic arthritis. I am in a bad way . Please do not be fobbed off.
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