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    At a loss
    crystlynn posted:
    I have had horrible pains all throughout my body for years now but it has gotten worse and worse and worse over the past year. It has gotten so bad lately that I'm almost in years every day. It's effecting me at work and I'm up for a manager position soon and I'm scared I won't be able to handle it so I finally gave in and went to the doctor today and he seems to think it's rheumatoid arthritis, so I've done a lot of research on it and yes I have a lot of the symptoms but I also don't have a lot of the symptoms. I still have to get the blood work done and everything but I really don't believe that that is what it is. I really believe it's fibromyalgia but I'm a small 23 year old female and I really don't think he will take me seriously. I am at a loss here. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I would very much appreciate it, thank you all.
    franr responded:
    Dear Crystal

    Please don't wait to get your blood work done go ASAP.And then tell your MD you want to see a neurologist or rhematologist. Please get proper treatment.I have had fibro 20 years and I only wish that I got a second opinion sooner now the wait for app,So please go get treatment ASAP and good luck .I will keep you in my prayers
    crystalscats responded:
    Crystlynn please get your blood work done. Then see a Rhuemy doc. I was dx with R/A in high school. I too had many but not all symptoms. I was told many times it was growing pains! Until one doc sent me to a specialist and told R/A not growing pains. I took meds and had shots and went into remission for a long time. Get checked and hey you just may be okay for that management position.

    A good doc will take you seriously. You may need to shop docs for this reason. Mine understands both R/A and FMS. You like me may have both, so symptoms of both, but not everyone has all of them but some of both. The two also run together.

    booch007 responded:
    Hey....breathe first. You are young and you need a check up. Your bloodwork will help alot. Don't get into self diagnosing as you may have something simple to fix...It could be your thyroid is off and it effects eveythign you own. .

    Don't give yourself this label., a label no one wants....

    get those labs done ASAP so you can get better then you are now.

    Congratulations on the promotion you are up for. Good stuff is happening to you.

    Take this a step at a time, if the labs are all fine...then get to a doc who looks into FM and see more then one to be sure they haven't missed anything. The endocrine system can be a tricky place....for me I saw 9 doctors before a fit and a diagnosis that WAS ME came to my door. So again, don't self label...don't let just one doc tell you what is wrong get a few opinions and let then hear your story without knowing the other MD's ideas.

    Good luck, in the meantime look in resources for THE MEMBERS TOOLBOX, under has many tips to lower pain without the use of medications.

    Nancy B

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