I've been sick for months and my doctor's been testing me for all kinds of things. I've read a lot on the Internet and fibromyalgia is the only thing that seems to fit.
I brought it up to my doctor and he said that wasn't something to consider yet. I'm really confused. Why won't my doctor even think about diagnosing me with fibromyalgia?
Some diagnoses are straight-forward, but unfortunately, fibromyalgia isn't one of them.
This question may have a couple of different answers, depending on your doctor. Some doctors still don't accept fibromyalgia as a valid diagnosis, so they may be unwilling to discuss or consider it. You may want to ask your doctor directly whether this is an issue. Then, if the testing process leaves you without answers, it's up to you whether to find another doctor who would be willing to consider fibromyalgia.
However, fibromyalgia is gaining wider acceptance in the medical community. Doctors who do accept the diagnosis still may not be ready to consider it in your case for a couple of reasons.
Chief among them, under a widely-used set of diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, you have to have symptoms on a more-or-less continuous basis for a minimum of three months. It may simply be that your doctor is waiting on the calendar.
Also, part of diagnosing this condition is testing for other illnesses that have similar symptoms. Some of these illnesses can be difficult to diagnose as well, so it can take time and multiple rounds of testing to make sure you don't have one of them.
A proper diagnosis is the first step toward finding effective ways to treat and manage your condition. As hard as it is, you need to be patient and let your doctor take the appropriate steps and make sure the end result of the diagnostic process is accurate.