- Jun 20, 2020
- DX FIBRO
Hi everyone, I am writing this post today as I have been feeling so unacknowledged and invalidated by doctors during these past few months. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 7 or 8 years ago. My pain started in my shoulders, feet, hands, etc. I had brain fog, felt exausted all the time, I did not sleep well and felt stressed quite a bit. I must say that, like most, I too have gone through a lot of trauma and stressfull situations in my life. Just recently, during the pandemic, I was dealing with a neighbor living above me who kept harassing me, I lost my mother during Covid and could not go see her before she passed away as it was not allowed, lost my beloved German Shepherd baby suddenly due to a very aggressive cancer and saw her have an aneurism right in front of me. On top of that, I moved to a new home. Following these latest life experiences, I started feeling pain under my right rib cage. The pain was confusing. Sometimes I thought it was from my liver and sometimes just touching my rib hurt a lot. This pain lasted for months. I had blood work done...normal. Had and ultra sound done, a bit of fatty liver. Had stool samples done, normal... However, the pain continued. I went to emergency twice and was turned around as if I was a nuisance. I also had some sudden unsets of hypoglycemia. Went to see the doctor. After I explained to him what I was experiencing, the test that were done and told him that I had Fibromyalgia, he asked me if I had been under a lot of stress. I told that I had been for quite a while. He asked me to upload a questionaire on my cell phone relating to questions regarding anxiety disorders. He started going through the questions very quickly and I did not really have time to answer with details. In not even 10 minutes, he told me that my doctor should stop doing testing to find out what is causing this pain in my lower right ribs. He said that I had an anxiety disorder and that I needed therapy or medication. I was absolutely floored and felt insulted. A few weeks later, I went to see my doctor again, because my pain was not going away. I explained to her what the previous doctor had said and told her that I did not agree with him. She told me that they could not find a cause to my rib pain and that it was costing a lot of money to do test. She said that my pain was more than likely due to my Fibromyalgia. She then proceeded to tell me that I should take antidepressant. I thought that she was agreeing with the previous doctor. However, she said that antidepressants were often given to patients with Fibromyalgia and that most patients were doing well taking them. Long story short, feeling frustrated my the lack of acknowledgement from the doctors that I have seen, I ask my doctor if the fact that I had Fibromyalgia was going to be a determining factor in doctors taking me seriously or just blaming Fibro if I feel legitimately sick and go see a doctor or go to emergency again in the future? I did not get a straight answer out of her and felt invalided. This fibromyalgia is a curse. It seems like new symptoms pop up here and there and you are just supposed to accept them as due to Fibromyalgia. Does anyone else feel the same?