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Problems with doctors and getting a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and CFS

Saturday 10 July 2010

StethoscopeAbout.com's Adrienne Dellwo discusses a problem facing people with ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia:

Problems With Doctors & Getting a Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

It's rare to find someone with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome who's never had a problem with a doctor, or had serious frustrations getting a diagnosis. When you're trying to deal with a debilitating illness and then you butt heads with the person who's supposed to be helping you, it can leave you scared, frustrated, angry, and at a loss as to what you should do about it.

The reality is that you need to be your own patient advocate. That's not always easy, so I've compiled several articles from About.com's Patient Empowerment site, where Guide Trisha Torrey shares her expertise on how to deal with some of the problems those of us with these conditions frequently face. You can find it here:

If you're having problems that aren't covered there, browse through Trisha's site: Patient Empowerment. You can also visit her forum to see how other people may have dealt with similar issues. And don't forget my forum as well, if your problem relates directly to fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.

What kind of problems have you faced with doctors? What frustrations did you have on the way to your diagnosis? How have you handled these problems? Leave your comments below!

Learn more or join the conversation!


The article, with comments, originally appeared here.


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