I have been to my GP however they claim my fatigue is due to my muscle pain. This has been going on for a year and I would like some suggestions. Thanks
hello. i would see a different GP as you aren’t getting anywhere with this one. have you had any blood tests done? you may be deficient in iron, vitamin B12, potassium or vitamin D there is also a blood test to check for muscle damage. if you are no further ahead then ask for a referral to a rheumatologist.
you may have disc or joint problems in your vertebrae or you may have chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. there are many possible reasons for your symptoms and they need exploring. if you get no where with a rheumatology don’t give up and ask to see a neurologist as well.
the stiff and painful muscles and back pain may be because of nerve trouble. a neurologist can order a nerve conduction test and also an MRI of your spine. if there is still no answer then there is always the pain clinic for patients with chronic pain.
are you on pain relief? if not why not? i am on strong pain relief everyday including buprenorphine and morphine. my illness is still unnamed but is similar to MS. strong muscle spasms are very painful and i find the muscle relaxant tizanidine helps a lot. diazepam can be used but is obviously addictive. baclofen is another effective muscle relaxant that a GP can prescribe. amitriptyline is an antidepressant that helps with pain and sleep.
if you still end up no where ask your GP to refer you to Bath Royal National Hospital For Rheumatic Diseases. after a consultation they often invite patients back for a residential stay to diagnose and work out a treatment plan. when i was there there were patients all the way from scotland. it is a national hospital open to anyone for neuro rehabilitation, rheumatology, chronic pain and chronic fatigue syndrome/ME.
i know you’re tired and it’s been a year already but you need to find answers. keep a record of all your test results, get recommendations for who to see and which drugs to try, research possible conditions and treatments. if a treatment is approved by NICE you have the right to receive it. soon there won’t be an NHS so get x-rayed, scanned and prodded while you can.
if you honestly can’t work you need to find a specialist to support your claim for disability benefits. if you can work carry on as it’s the best thing for you mentally. if it gets tough maybe reduce your hours slightly. Disability Living Allowance is paid even if you work.
lastly if you have a camcorder do your own sleep study. if you are waking up often in the night because of your pain you have discovered the reason for your fatigue. i also recommend seeing an osteopath. best wishes, A x
on: 19th October 12