After over 20 years of generic tests, and diagnoses of the components of Fibro, I was finally diagnosed at the age of 38, four years ago with the full blown syndrome. Tests were standard THS, Liver, blood count and Thyroid type things, nothing too fancy.
What did surprise me was that in the whole of the many GP practices I have been through over those years (around 5), only one doctor took me serious enough to refer me to a specialist that I had found MYSELF through my local support group. He was equally as pleased to find this consultant and was actually familiar with him as a rheumatologist, but didn't even know he diagnosed Fibro.
The consultant asked me a few questions (and must have looked at some GP notes?) and then prodded me with the tender point test. I didn't experience great pain but he said he could tell I had reacted sufficiently, and said that I had the big "F". And that was it…nothing else….
Is this what other people have experienced? Does a Neurologist do the same, and if not how do I find a consultant in my area, please? The original consultant I saw has dropped out of diagnosis on the NHS as fibro was becoming more associated with Neuro rather than Rheumatology.