I wrote earlier in the week about my Pain Management appointment. I had the appointment yesterday.
First of all I was seen only 10 minutes after my appointment which amazed me then I was totally shocked to find out the appointment would have me seeing three people I just assumed I would be seeing the consultant and that was it. But actually pain management is a multi discipline area of medicine so I saw a consultant, a physiotherapist and a psychologist.
I genuinely came out the appointments really positive, happy and feeling like I had taken a massive step forward. First of all I finally have an actual diagnosis for the widespread and chronic pain I an constantly in! I have Fibromyalgia, which I already throught but to actually have a consultant confirm it gives me validation and that it’s not all in my head! Next the physio has shown me how I can start exercising without overdoing it and sending me into a fibromyalgia flare, I will set a goal of swimming for 10 minutes three times a week and will rate my pain the day after and after a week a can adjust the time spent swimming up if it’s not leaving me I too much pain. Lastly the psychologist is looking at some help with coming to terms with the pain and its impact on my life as well as help managing things like anxiety, stress and mental wellbeing all which can impact fibromyalgia symptoms. Alongside that he has given me some websites and resources I can use at home myself.
I really am feeling upbeat despite the diagnosis as I now have a name to what has been causing me pain meaning I have a starting point to move forward from which makes me very happy!