I have been wanting to see a new rheumatologist for the last several months but I continually put it off. I think part of the reason that I didn’t make the appointment was that going to a new doctor can be difficult; and secondly, I have to tell another total stranger about all the pain I have and being told oh it’s just the fibro.
I was wrong! This doctor listened to every word I said, made notes as I answered his hundreds of questions, and took his time with me.
He is thinking I have been misdiagnosed and may not have fibro, sent me for bloodwork to check for Rheumatoid Arthritis. He also had me stop the arthritis meds and put me on steroids.
WOW! He said if by the 5th day I didn’t notice anything different, any improvement, to stop taking it. Well, by the time I went to bed that first night, the blanket did NOT hurt my toes, socks did not hurt my toes. Then next day I woke up and wasn’t quite as tired and stiff as I usually am, the third day I had a little more energy.
I am not pain free, but oh what a difference!
Tomorrow is the 5th day and I am positive I will be continuing the steroid regimen. I am totally amazed.
I have tried to have so many conversations with the doctor I was seeing about RA, because I had the markers show up in a blood test 3 plus years ago but she just continually said “Fibro”.
I don’t know for sure that I actually do have RA, but so far this new doc has me on the right track.
So I guess if I have any words of wisdom tonight, I would say to always follow your gut about your health. Get a second or third opinion if you need to do so. I am not encouraging being a hypochondriac, but if you are sure what you are feeling about your body is not what the doctor is telling you, get a second opinion.
Live well and happy friends!