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I was having severe pain in my upper right arm and at first thought it was a pulled muscle. Many weeks of pain later, I finally was admitted to hospital and after two doctors at one hospital and X-rays/scans on my arm,I was told it was just a flare up from my Fibromyalgia. Well I thought this was rubbish as I get a flare up all over my body, not just one part of it . I asked for a second opinion and was moved to a different hospital where this doctor seemed to have more understanding. Unfortunately after all the tests were done and they couldn't find the cause, they e agreed with the first doctors. I asked them if I didn't have Fibromyalgia would they have came to this conclusion and that's when things got really frosty. They basically told me there wasn't anything more they could do for me and I should accept the diagnosis! That was five highly established doctors opinions after all! I told them I would go home because nothing more could be done at this stage . I told them I didn't accept their diagnosis as they didn't live in my body 24hours a day and by this time the pain was so bad I couldn't move my arm much anywhere. Long story short , when I got home I was given an out patient appointment for the hospital and I saw another doctor. I had no hope by this point and he sat with me for about five minutes doing tests on my arm and he said at the end,"you were right, this is not Fibromyalgia in your arm. " He explained I had frozen shoulder all this time and couldn't give me an explanation as to why his colleagues missed it. I was quickly seen to be given a steroid injection through the proper muscles and within a couple of weeks I was almost pain free. I could have cried. Even after the first four months it hadn't came back so I didn't need a second injection I know I will need more in the future but for right now I'm just glad to have found a diagnosis and something that eases the pain. Not all doctors get it right. Sometimes it's better to listen to your own body. I'd had Fibromyalgia for 15 years so knew better, but if I was newly diagnosed I fear I would have accepted their diagnosis and been living in years of immense pain.
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