Don't Tell An ER Doctor You Have Fibromyalgia!So I have found that the worst thing you can tell an emergency room doctor is that you have fibromyalgia! I have rheumatoid arthritis as well, I can tell them I have that, but if I go in saying I'm in a lot of pain from fibro - well you might as well walk right back out the door untreated because they are going to look at you like either you are faking it for attention or are a "drug seeker" - neither of which, am I.
I had an ER doctor actually tell my husband and myself that fibromyalgia is all in your head and that it is caused by a chemical brain imbalance. That I needed to see a psychiatrist, stop taking all my meds for fibro (especially pain medications) and start being treated for - well... being crazy! I told my family doctor (she also had a student doing rounds with her that day) they were both taken aback, totally shocked.
The worst part - this "doctor" told my husband all this - any one of you with fibro knows how hard it is to explain what is wrong with you to a spouse since they can't see what hurts. This made my husband question a lot of what I had told him and what my other doctors had said. NIIIIICE! Thanks.
So be careful when you go to an ER for anything, in mentioning the fibro. I no longer even mention that word in an ER.
Anyone else have that type of experience?
shellleebrooks 36-40, F 23 Responses 3 Feb 7, 2012