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traterttrater Posts: 288
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Fibromyalgia
The new stuff going on for me is extreme pain in my chest like I have worked out really hard and the muscles are so sore that I can't even lift my arms. It also radiates into the shoulder joints. I also have been having more pain in my joints which feels like I have the flu. My hands and feet have started to peel and no amount of lotion or foot junk will keep it from peeling. What I am wondering is if these are symptoms that are common with fibro or should I be looking at something different? I feel so crappy and a feeling of such helplessness! I'm miserable! I have an appt with my PM doc tomorrow. What questions should I ask him about the new symptoms? ">image


  • Just tell him everything that is happening and don't leave anything out. Ask if the skin issue has anything to do with the Fibro and if not, should you see a dermatologist? Seems to me that you already know what to ask, I hope he has some answers for you. Good luck at the doctor and let me know what he says.

    Have a lovely Tuesday!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,347
    Since you are seeing your PCP, some of the questions you could ask:

    1) Blood work? Check for Lymes, or if you are on any cholorestral medicines that could cause joint pain.

    2) The Rash. How long have you had this rash? Have you changed any medications? I developed a strange rash back in December 2007. I went to the Dermatologist and has about 4 different biopsies done. They couldn't identify it, and started to pass it off as: 1) Bed bugs 2) Scabies, 3) Hot Tub Rash , 4) Other insects, etc
    I was worked up and had so many different creams to stop the itching and reduce some of the rashes. The one thing that kept the rash/itch under control was predisone (but we figured that). The dermatologist was stumped, even though from the beginning we suggested a reaction to one of my medications.. They said NO. Went to see my PCP, first thing he did was review my medications and asked my to stop Requip for a while. I did and the rash went away.

    Not saying medications could be an item, but sometimes I think the generalist (PCP)or PM can do a better job at diagnosing a problem than a specialist can. Specialist tend to hone in on one area and that area alone
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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  • I had a pretty good visit with my PM doc today. I honestly think they man is the smartest man alive! (teasing, but I do put a LOT of trust him) I told him about all the new symptoms I have been having and he said he was pretty sure about the fibro Dx but wanted to run some blood work to check out some other things. Ron, you are right about the cholesterol med, he told me not to take another one (after tapering off a bit) because it could be causing the pain in my chest and armpit areas. He said it was probably nerve pain. He also told me to stop taking the blood pressure medicine because it's making me feel like crap! You can get used to feeling that way, like crap, but why would you want to? He didn't seem very concerned with the skin issues, but he did take note of them. He checked all the 'hot spots' to check for the fibro and I was so uncomfortable from it, I didn't think to ask him if all of them were tender. I was jumping around there like a jumping bean while he was checking them!
    So tomorrow I have to got to have blood drawn. He's testing me for Epstein Barr Syndrome, Systemic Lupus, and something else that I can't remember. Answers would be nice, and treatment would even be better.
    Thank you guys for your responses. Your friendship means the world to me.
  • So glad your Dr. looked into other things!!!

    So many of us with fibro chalk our new symptoms up to "a fibro flare" or just a "new symptom" not always the case.

    I had a huge issue with my choles med.
    Without my Drs help investigating the issue I probably would have pretty bad pancreatitis by now.

    So thumbs up to some docs who take that time!!!

    Here is to feeling better Terrie!!!!!!! :*

    Good luck!!!
    The other Terri :D
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