More on hypochondria and fibromyalgia.

Labeling Disease: Fibromyalgia as Hypochondria

and i posted this to butyoudontlooksick.com

Hey guys, I’m really scared… How do you know if the pain you are feeling really is all in your head? I realized my doctors are running me through the process, I’ve always been as honest as I can be, but I’ve found sites on somatizing and well… How would I know if this is really happening or if this is something my brain is doing?

It’s all real to me. But now I’m crying because I feel like a complete idiot, these doctors dont think I’m being honest.. or don’t think it’s something real.

I waited 2 years to even go to a doctor once, and hubby knows it takes me ages to get to a doctor, I’d be happy to just sit in pain at home and try to deal in my own way than to be put on spotlight in an office.

I found a diagnosis I agree with in hypermobility syndrome, I wanted to inquire about that, and I’m doing it in the best way I know how…

But now I just dont know. I almost left this forum because I felt stupid. I am crazy. I don’t know what to say except I just hurt really bad physically and I have depression too, but how do you know if its real or all in your mind? I don’t know what to say. My hubby is a bit of a hypochondriac and he pushes me to the doctor alot, but he admits that he gets overly worried himself and lets his mind wonder over symptoms and diagnosis… but I don’t not till I found a name for whats going on in my body… or so I thought. But I’m in tears, because how am I ever supposed to get help? and I don’t want to waste money and go to the doctor if it is in my head… it doesnt feel like it is made up, I really hurt.

Sorry if this sounds stupid, but I’m really upset right now. My doctor has been playing me for a fool. Is there any way I can get a doctor who wont or evaluate a new doctor? I wish I could get all that money back that we spent on nothing.

I’m just angry and bummed now, and my Wutzi is trying to cheer me up. <hugs to wutzi>

… and the only reason I want a diagnosis is so I can help to manage my life better, and get disability if I am found to need it. It’s pretty hard living, and if I really was somatizing I’d be hurting everyone in my family including myself and my hubby, and it would make me feel terrible.

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April 24, 2007. Hypochondria, Somatizing. Leave a comment.

Regarding Somatizing and Hypochondria

Do your doctors believe you? Or are you Somatizing or just a hypochondriac?

Somatizing Patients: Part I. Practical Diagnosis
Somatizing Patients: Part II. Practical Management
Somatization by Adriana Feder, MD

Well apparently mine think I am. I never went out of the way to go to the doctor, I was in pain for over 2 years before I decided to go. How can you get out of this matrix? [ and it is a matrix, because if you genuinely believe your condition is real, how can you tell if you are somatizing? ]

Symptoms and Syndromes Commonly Reported by Patients with Somatization

Gastrointestinal symptoms
Vomiting
Abdominal pain
Nausea
Bloating and excessive gas
Diarrhea
Food intolerances

Pain symptoms
Diffuse pain (i.e., “I hurt all over.”)
Pain in extremities
Back pain
Joint pain
Pain during urination
Headaches

Cardiopulmonary symptoms
Shortness of breath at rest
Palpitations
Chest pain
Dizziness

Pseudoneurologic symptoms
Amnesia
Difficulty swallowing
Loss of voice
Deafness
Double or blurred vision
Blindness
Fainting
Difficulty walking
Seizures (pseudoseizures)
Muscle weakness
Difficulty urinating

Reproductive organ symptoms
Burning sensations in sexual organs
Dyspareunia
Painful menstruation
Irregular menstrual cycles
Excessive menstrual bleeding
Vomiting throughout pregnancy

Syndromes
Vague “food allergies”
Atypical chest pain
Temporomandibular joint syndrome
“Hypoglycemia”
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Fibromyalgia
Vague “vitamin deficiency”
Premenstrual syndrome
Multiple chemical sensitivity

Alot of these symptoms relate to connective tissue disorders, fibromyalgia, and Immune System Disorders.

My joint pain is real and I waited for two years before I went to a doctor? So I’m trying to get a doctors attention… right. Once upon a time I went to the ER for Excessive Menstrual Bleeding and Fainting. That morning I woke up and almost blacked out, my arms felt heavy and I was on my ‘period’ I wasn’t going to mention it at all to the ER people, except I told my hubby it might be excessive as it was heavy for me at the time… I wasn’t having periods for months at a time due to my Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome as diagnosed my my current doctor. My husband mentioned it not me, am I Somatizing there too? I have had pleurisy that I haven’t gone to the doctor ever for and I’ve had it since I was a child, only told my mother once and never brought it up again till I met my hubby, and I suppose that isn’t real also. I suppose my hypermobile joints aren’t real either (will be posting pictures soon) Yes I’m a bit irate at the medical system of late, most doctors are lazy and are not up to speed on the illnesses that modern day life causes us… if they don’t understand it or if people complain to often about it, we are all hypochondriacs eh?

How do we get our point across if they wont listen to us in the first place? How do you eventually learn to manage your pain? This is what I’m struggling to deal with at the moment, and it is so stressful.

The whole thing is, I am giving the doctor around $60 a pop to sit there and JUDGE ME.

Whoah, I thought I was paying for him to treat me, and help me.

If you really are ill don’t give up.

My Mother who was Diagnosed with Cancer January of 2007 brought in her diagnosis on printer paper. The doctor thought she was making it up… till she made them look closer at her. The tumor was pressing on her chest (literally suffocating her), and they wanted her to do a stress test by running on a treadmill.

Honestly I don’t want to lie, I don’t want to somatize or be a hypochondriac! Does anyone have any advice? I mean… if I’m really hurting how can I tell if I am one? Now I’m really confused. Somatizing or really hurting? =( If I can convince myself to hurt this bad… I don’t know if there is hope for me anymore. Really.

April 24, 2007. Doctors, Fibromyalgia, Hypochondria, Pain, Somatizing. Leave a comment.