Friday, September 30, 2016

Day 2542 - The doctor's visit

For those of you playing along at home, I finally went to the doc today.


After having a particularly loooooong and painful winter I headed to my ridiculously good looking doctor to see what options I might have with the management of my fibromyalgia pain.

My recent reliance on pain meds and muscle relaxants is obviously of concern.  Popping painkillers may be an attractive option for some, but for me I prefer to be of clear head and drug free.



The first thing I requested was more tests to eliminate a few other nasty beasts like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, bone cancer etc so that we are better equipped to agree on the fibro diagnosis.

Step one is a blood test and step two is a "nuclear medicine" whole body scan to check on any potential hot spots in my body.

I won't know the results of these for at least three weeks.

The reality is, once we've agreed that the pain is caused by fibromyalgia, I'll need to consult a pain management clinic.

There is no cure.  So it will be up to me to spend the next 40 odd years managing my pain through diet, exercise, mindset and alternative therapies.  

I will focus on the positivity of hopefully having another 40 odd years of life rather than the idea of having to spend them in pain.

Taking control of our own health is essential to this ageing positively gig.  We may not be able to choose our medical challenges but we can choose how we handle them.

It is, what it is.

We've just got to be the best we can be within the diagnosis.  

I'll keep you posted! 

14 comments :

  1. I have avoided the pain meds by utilising my martyr complex!

    But all jokes aside, I just find it may dull the pain but for me they also dull the mind. And I have a ridiculously high pain threshold. But it has started to beat me and last week I finally bowed to reality and bought a wheelchair. Just for the really bad days.

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  2. I hope your test results come back quickly and with the results you're hoping for Leanne. I love that you're focusing on having another 40 years of life, rather than the pain. Don't get me wrong, I understand the pain sometimes takes over and medication may be required, but your positive attitude must certainly be a powerful part of fighting the disease. Take care of yourself x

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  3. Love your attitude and understand it fully for it's the same attitude that helps me cope with my condition - Cowden's syndrome. Hang in there my friend xxx

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  4. I'm with Suzi - I love your attitude. I hope the results all come back clear but realise that means managing chronic pain for the rest of your life, but hopefully the combination of therapies will help. (And it's great you're open to alternative therapies. A relation of mine has acupuncture on a regular basis to help her chronic pain.)

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  5. Having a confirmed diagnosis will help you know how to best manage your condition. I too love your attitude!

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  6. I had to google it to see what it is. I get localised pain in my body during winter and it's not fun so I can't imagine how hard it must be to live with on a daily basis. Good luck with the test results. Does it get easier in summer?

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  7. Having my own health problems at the moment, and multiple ongoing tests, I can sympathize Leanne. I'm so sad that you live with pain though. I hope you get your answers and a treatment plan in place that is helpful. Take care of yourself. xo

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  8. I hope the results come up with something manageable. Good attitude to have Leanne.

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  9. Hoping you get some answers. I'm in much the same boat, although different illness. I'm hoping the gluten and dairy free diet will soon start to have an impact. I'm noticing slight changes but not enough to make things manageable so far.

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    1. Make sure you watch the additives and preservatives as well Raychael.....cutting out several nasties in my diet has definitely made me feel better.

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  10. I can't imagine living with chronic pain. It must wear you down physically and emotionally. I'm in need of a doctor's visit and a dentist's visit for a couple of nagging minor issues. The dentist I hope to organise on Tuesday, but the doctor might have to wait till we move home in December where my very favourite family doctor is. I haven't found a doctor I like in my current area. So, to do on Tuesday: book a dentist appointment.

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  11. I try to take the natural approach as often as I can too. I suffered severe migraines for years and would often be given pethidine injections for them which didn't get rid of the pain anyway. My migraines stopped about 18 months ago. Don't know whether it was from a change in diet (I stopped eating white bread) or because my hormone levels have dropped as I've aged. Either way I'm not complaining!

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  12. You have a wonderful attitude about this Leanne! I wish you the best!

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  13. Gosh, I hope you find the answers that you seek.

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