Could it be Fibromyalgia?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-13-2012
Could it be Fibromyalgia?
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 10:03am

Hi everyone. I have been feeling really bad for a long time now and despite numerous doctor visits, I still don't feel better. I'm now being treated for depression and I don't think I am depressed. My doctor insists that is what it is. I feel exhausted all the time, I have insomnia yet  sleep all day some days and I ache all the time.One of my co-workers suggested Fibromyalgia and I brought it up to my doctor and he dismissed it right away. He doesn't even want to talk about it. Does this sound like Fibromyalgia to you? Any advice?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-22-2001
Mon, 01-21-2013 - 12:19am


I am so sorry he was so insensitive and dismissive...:(...

My heart goes out to you...

Have you thought about getting another opinion?


iVillage Member
Registered: 01-30-2013
Wed, 01-30-2013 - 3:23am

I would definitely get another opinion or if you aren't able to see another dr. keep on him about it not being depression and that it is something else. I'm so sorry he is just brushing you off like this. I went through hell before I was finally diagnosed. Keep fighting!

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-06-2000
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 5:09pm

Welcome to the board!

If your doctor isn't receptive to even looking into FM as a possibility, you may need to just find another doctor.  Is you doctor a psychiatrist?  If not, he/she is in no position to declare that your problem is just depression.  It can take a few tries to find a good doctor who will listen and work with you on finding a good treatment plan for you.  Many docs get frustrated because there's no set plan that works for everyone; it's not like diabetes or asthma, where there are proven, accepted set plans for your health.  When they prescribe something like Lyrica, and it doesn't work, they feel like failures and don't really know what else to try, and some get frustrated and blame YOU.  It's stupid, but doctors are human, after all, prone to acting like jerks just like the rest of us.  

If you haven't already, read up on the sympoms of FM here and elsewhere on the web and try some of the suggestions, like gentle exercise, improving your diet, etc, to see if any of them help you feel a little better or give you more energy.  While you work on that, look for a doctor who is sympathetic and willing to work with you, and maybe see a therapist or psychiatrist as well, so you can explore whether you are actually depressed and it's causing your symptoms or if your symptoms are making you feel depressed.  You may need to try a different medication, and some of the antidepressants are used as treatments for FM as well, like Savella and Cymbalta, so you may get an added benefit there.  I'm not a big fan of any of the antidepressants, but when you need them, you should take them.

Let us know how you are feeling, and if you need to vent, we're here.