Wondering where to go with my recent diagnosis?

I have had acupuncture which didn;t work for me and am currently taking amitriptaline, paracetamol and ibuprofen around the clock. Have a toddler so life not so relaxed as it could be. Any advice would be greatly received! What can/should i be asking my GP to do for me regarding referrals, blood tests, pain relief?

Thanks

Charlotte

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  • who diagnosed you ? Was it a rheumatologist mine decided the way forward with blood tests exray etc. He converses with GP and when ever I go in we try and modify the pain relief. I think they are a little at a loss with us because we have so many painful points. they seem to work on which ever is the worse at the time - gentle hugs xgins

  • Hello Charose, Gins is quite correct, do you see a Rheumatologist? Did a Rheumatologist diagnose you with Fibromyalgia or was it your GP? Depending on the answer to these questions would depend on which way to go next.

    If you haven't had a referral to see a Rheumatologist, that would be the next step to take in my opinion. However, if you are seeing a Rheumatologist now, you are in the best hands as they routinely do blood tests and also review pain relief and keep up to date with your condition. :)

  • HI guys, thanks,

    It was my GP who diagnosed me and I seem to have been pretty much left to it. Every day is a struggle so I think the way forward is to insist I get a referral. Also, would the GP refer me to a pain clinic or would the GP. We're trying for another baby at the mo and when I was pregnant last time my symptoms all but disappeared but then came back full force when my daughter was about 6 months old and my hormones dropped.

  • Sounds like you need a referral to see a Rheumatologist Charose. Ask your GP to arrange one for you and make sure you get one, this is definitely the next thing to do. GPs can refer their patients to Pain Clinics but Consultants can also put your name forward for this.

    When you get your first consultation with your Rheumatologist mention about trying for a baby and the effect on your body after 6 months. It's all relevant as it's your medical history. No two pregnancies are alike, so you may react differently next time. You may feel better.

    I hope everything works out for you Charose, please let us know how you get on regarding your referral. Take care. :)

  • Thank you so much - this forum is amazing!! Friends and family are great but to actually speak to people living it on a daily basis is priceless!

    Charlotte

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