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Referred to rheumatologist; now what?

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TrashCat
TrashCat Community member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi all :)

I’ve suffered with widespread pain and fatigue for around 9 years now. Past GPs have simply written it off as anxiety or my weight, since I’m too ‘young’ to really be suffering.

I was recently signed up to a new GP that have been nothing but helpful so far! 

I spoke to my GP recently about my pain again, after a pain attack so bad I ended up in A and E. He did a pressure point test, asked for all of my symptoms, and eventually prescribed me amitriptyline for my pain, and told me he was going to refer me to a rheumatologist.

I guess I’d just like to hear others experience of a rheumatologist. I’ve never been referred to a specialist before (barring mental health) and I have no idea what to expect. I’m assuming they’ll want to check me
out more before they can make any sort of diagnosis (if any), but I have no idea what happens next, what this means, or what they even do. I hope this isn’t too silly of a question!

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,282 Championing
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    The pressure point test is referring to fibromyalgia, i was diagnosed with that 10 years ago. It took 3-4 years of so many different tests before i had the diagnosis. 

    Yes, it was a Rheumatologist that diagnosed me. I walked into the room, i was asked a few questions, he did the pressure point test and said "yes you have fibro." No need for further appointments as no further treatment possible. Basically, shut the door behind you and get on with your life.. sad but so true.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • WelshBlue
    WelshBlue Community member Posts: 770 Championing
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    My case is similar to Poppy's ... first started having the symptoms, waited 9 months for the Rheumatologist
    after all the blood tests - 10 minutes in - "Fibromyalgia syndrome" ... ask your GP for a referral if any more problems

    Thousands of pills later, still waiting for a magic cure.

    It's good you've found a sympathetic GP ... hold on with both hands.  I've been very lucky with mine and any others I've seen

    Good luck
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