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I have many chronic conditions. Lupus, spinal stenosis, djd, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease. My husband doesn't understand my pain. Any ideas?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Go to doc with you

Have your husband attend your appointments with you.
Ask the physician, physical therapist, etc. To explain the nature of the conditions to your husband, including the associated pain and toll it takes on you physically and mentally. Seeing a marriage counselor/psychologist could also be helpful.

In brief: Go to doc with you

Have your husband attend your appointments with you.
Ask the physician, physical therapist, etc. To explain the nature of the conditions to your husband, including the associated pain and toll it takes on you physically and mentally. Seeing a marriage counselor/psychologist could also be helpful.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice

In brief: Support groups

Relatives ; friends of #fibromyalgia (fm) sufferers ; who emote doubtfullness about degree of suffering should review comments of those who post on support group sites.
Reading these first-hand reports imparts dramatic ; disturbing attention to the generous degrees of pain ; devastation that are a constant companion of fm sufferers.

In brief: Support groups

Relatives ; friends of #fibromyalgia (fm) sufferers ; who emote doubtfullness about degree of suffering should review comments of those who post on support group sites.
Reading these first-hand reports imparts dramatic ; disturbing attention to the generous degrees of pain ; devastation that are a constant companion of fm sufferers.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
FM can be diagnosed by a test.  In 2010, Wolfe F. and Wolfe F. et al published a questionnaire that purports to inclusively and diagnostically identify FM patients.  It logically follows that diagnosis of FM is not a "diagnosis of exclusion".  The authors point out that patients should also be subjected to usual and customary medical evaluations to identify other medical disorders. REFERENCES: 1) Wolfe F.  New American College of Rheumatology criteria for fibromyalgia: a twenty-year journey.  Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2010 May; 62 (5): 583-4; and 2)  Wolfe F, et al.  The American College of Rheumatology preliminary diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia and measurement of symptom severity.  Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 2010 May; 62 (5): 600-10.
Dr. Jack Goloff
Family Medicine

In brief: Function scale

Search the internet for a functional activities of daily living scale; that is a pencil and paper test that cataloges you functional level.
Have him help you compete and score it. You, can keep track of your levels and improvements and set goals of expectations. Make him part of your treatment plan. People have trouble understanding pain, but the can help you track your functional level.

In brief: Function scale

Search the internet for a functional activities of daily living scale; that is a pencil and paper test that cataloges you functional level.
Have him help you compete and score it. You, can keep track of your levels and improvements and set goals of expectations. Make him part of your treatment plan. People have trouble understanding pain, but the can help you track your functional level.
Dr. Jack Goloff
Dr. Jack Goloff
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