|Pressure/Trigger Points (Pain)|
I gave him a very thorough medical history, which I had printed out in a concise and complete format for his review. Afterwards, he asked me several questions and examined me, ending the exam with (what I would learn was) a very complete pressure point test.
He explained that despite having all the signs and symptoms of Sjogren's, he couldn't make a formal diagnosis of it because the standard tests were inconclusive.
However, he did say he most definitely could give me a diagnosis.
Going by my medical history, including the fact that my maternal side of the family had histories of some of the same conditions, plus his examination of me, he said his prognosis was fibromyalgia.
I felt relieved to finally know. He said he would write up a report and send it to my primary physician, with some recommendations.
The major diagnosis are the pain or trigger points, which I suffer from. I have also experienced all of the side issues often seen with fibromyalgia:
- Memory Impairment ("Memory Fog")
- Raynaud's Disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
The good news is, one of the things they recommend is for the person to remain active, that activity helps ease some of the pain. It is recommended to be low to moderate - walking, yoga, etc. I love both, and have actually been doing some of the yoga because I found it did help sometimes. Stress is a big trigger for the pain, so I try to pace myself, and do what I can and not overdo it. I take breaks when I feel I need to, as well as naps.
No one knows what causes Fibromyalgia, but heredity can play a role. My mother suffered from many of these same symptoms.
1 - I learned that Dr. Azimian had his Rheumatology fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. That's where my granddaughter Sajda was born, because she was a high risk pregnancy due to her being diagnosed in utero with Turner's Syndrome. My daughter Eva has shared a lot about Vanderbilt over the last few years, so I knew my doctor had very good training and experience behind him. That, and his wonderful bedside manner, made me feel very comfortable communicating with him and trust was easy to establish!