My Occupational Health Advisor told me 'I don't think you have FM. FM is muscle weakness. So I advise you to get a proper diagnosis from your Rheumatologist' - my doctor was not impressed! He had diagnosed me and she ignored his opinion saying the paperwork doesn't back it up!
So I have just been to see my Rheumatologist having had a few weeks of worry - I got a cancellation slot - and guess what! I do have FM! What a surprise! He just wants to check me to see whether I am low in Vitamin D and do a skeleten scan to see the level of osteoarthritis I have. So thats fine, I would like to know too.
When everything is done he will then write to my doctor to confirm his diagnosis along with anything else he finds and I want to get a copy to the lady who said I didn't have it, along with a print out of a description of FM to put her straight so that anyone else under her supervision doesn't have to go through the embarrassment of telling the doctor she doesn't believe him and the concern I had about what would happen if he said no, to all the times set down as FM flares I have had off work, then being re-evaluated and my losing my job! Its not like someone will re-employ me with my medical history anyway.
Sorry, long paragraph as ranting a bit.
She worried me, ok maybe there is good reason to get a formal diagnosis to back up any claims but it could have been handled better.
Apart from all of that I am elated at having someone else confirm my diagnosis. Not that I want FM its just better knowing what is wrong rather than thinking its in your head. I even said that to my Rheumatologist and he agreed it is not in my head!
The down side is I reduced my meds so I would be able to feel when he was looking for pressure points and today I am paying for it! Oh well, it was worth it.
Off to bed soon, so hope its a good night. Wishing you all a good sleep too. Enjoy the weekend as much as you can.