Whoever decided that the only doctors to treat us were rheumys? What about our family practicioners, the neuros, the pain management docs, the endrocrinologists, the chiropractors?
What we need most is someone who can understand that this is a disease, that it affects our lives on so many different levels and in so frighteningly many different ways.
Any provider who takes the time and shares with us as equal partners is a welcome provider. We might not have known our bodies before fibro, but we sure do now. We are the experts in what is real, what is now. Our doctors have to accept that we have this knowledge, that we are superbly in tune with our bodies due to our sensitized nervous systems. We can give the doctor the clues she/he needs. The doc can go from there.
This could be neuropathy. You do not have to be a diabetic to have neuropathy (nerve pain). Your doc will probably try you on something like gabapentin (Neurontin). This type of problem often starts with tingling and may progress to outright pain and/or loss of sensation.
Mary, I don't "covet" most "things," but I do covet my brother's spa. (I don't know the difference between a hot tub and a spa, but either one would be great.)
DB & SIL put theirs in 15-20 years ago, and it's still going strong. Even though it's on their deck and their NJ winters get pretty cold, they use it every day. It's set for 85 degrees, and--incredibly--they never noticed any difference in their electric bills!
Get that thing going, girl! And enjoy it for at least that long.
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