I'm just wondering what the doctor can do concerning about the fibromyalgia?
29 Feb 2012
He is probably going to do some blood work to check you glucose, thyroid, & pituatary, adrenals etc... Usually if you just have fibromyalgia, a Rheumologist is the better choice of doctors to see. Maybe your PCP is just having you checked for addiontal problems that may be exerbating your fibro... Mary
29 Feb 2012
Endocrinologists usually work on body hormone issues like diabetes, growth hormone, thyroid, things like that. Thyroid malfunction can cause some of the same symptoms you get with Firomyalgia so Drs want to rule this out and treat if it is an issue. If the thyroid is not an issue and it is truly fibro, then Mary is correct and a Rheumatologist is a better specialist to treat fibro. She is correct in that the endo will probably do a thorough exam and likely a bit of bloodwork to rule out other causes of your symptoms. There is no real test for fibromyalgia so other causes for these kinds of symptoms should be ruled out before a definitive diagnosis of fibromyalgia is given.
1 Mar 2012
Hi: the above answers are both very good; however, I really want to stress heavily that you get ALL your hormone levels checked. I was MIS-diagnosed with Fibro and suffered with extreme body pain for YEARS--before a new Endo re-checked my thyroid and found out that it was extremely low. Within one week of being put on thyroid meds almost ALL my body pain was gone!
****Your doc MUST do a complete thyroid panel--not just the TSH test--- as that seems to come back as 'low normal' on everyone--so the docs think you are OK.
I also developed an adrenal insufficiency during that time--which might have been avoided, it the thryoid problem had been detected earlier.
ALL your body's hormones interact, so you need to make sure that they are all functioning correctly.
Hope this helps--and good luck to you!!!
Mary, the madhatter.
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