Don't let anyone fob you off by saying we all get aches and pains as we get older, or some other trite comment. I eventually persuaded my GP to refer me to a Rheumatologist for assessment, saw her earlier this week and she confirms what I had always thought, and sometimes said to my GP who seemed unconvinced: osteo-arthritis and fibromyalgia. Not only that but the medic made the same links to past trauma, sleep problems and IBS that I had made. It was so therapeutis, not because I was right but because someone understands as I do. Thank you NHS for a therapeutic consultation. So if you are suffering but not diagnosed try writing a brief but accurate history of your condition - parents health problems, your medical history (be brief as they don't have time to read pages), development of your fibro symptoms, what YOU think may be causing them or is related to them. It's also helpful to get confirmation because then when researching the condition online you can feel more confident that you are reading about the right condition!! Knowledge IS power.
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