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advice plz: seeing rhemotologist next week

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Chronic Pain

Im seeing a rhemotologist next week for the third time to try and get some answers to my condition. I havent been properly diagnosed but the best they can come up with is myofascial pain syndrome.

Im seeing two different specialists, both ruemotologists but seeing one privatly and the other through healthcare (from the uk).

Has anyone any advice for what ive to do when I see them again?? or things i should ask?


  • Well your most important thing you should do is keep a list.
    This is what I did when I got a diagnosis of fibromyalgia from a rheumotologist.
    I listed each symptom.
    When it acted up.
    When it did not.
    What seemed to help the issue going on at the time.
    Any type of meds/food that affected my condition.
    Meds I had been on in previous years.
    Family/personal health history is a biggie.
    I made them do blood work A-Z for every condition/disease/illness out there.
    Bone scan, xrays you name it I went through it.
    I was just lucky enough to have great insurance to do all of that.

    The dr was actually shocked I had a 2 page list, but in a way in the back of his head I think he thought "hmm she did her homework" Sometimes us patients are the best "drs"

    I imagine more responses will come along soon.
    Hang in there.
    Good luck with your appt.
    Take Care :)
  • thanks, im gonna do that!!
  • HI and welcome to S-H!

    Like Terri said, it is better to have your homework done before visit. I started with my symptoms and a pain diary.
    Also all meds, from the start of the problem. Also a list of any past surgeries, etc. Your health history and family history.

    Armed with all that info, the dr should do complete exam, blood work, x-rays, etc, all necessary diagnostics. I know my first visit took hours. It was the most comprehensive dr visit i ever had. My Rheumy is the first dr in 2 years, (and about 6-7 drs counting the chiro) that I feel has actually helped me!

    I am not familiar with myofacial pain syndrome. But i sure hope that you get a good Rheumy, and that together you find the answers you need. I also hope that the dr who is covered by your healthcare will do everything that you need, so you don't have unnecesary expense.

    Good luck to you and keep us posted! Marti
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