How do I find a doctor experienced with Fibromyalgia diagnosis?

A family friend of mine has

A family friend of mine has had a terrible time lately, and is equally baffled by doctors that she has seen as she is baffling to them. She has had so many separate health episodes in her life (she is 57 years old now) and I think she really baffles doctors, because her medical history reads like a crossword puzzle. Her primary doctor is down south, and she hasn't seen him in at least three or four years, so he wouldn't even be able to understand her current condition right now. I suspect strongly that she has fibromyalgia.

Complicating this is her history of alcoholism, and a negative family. It's very sad to see someone going through this. She can barely get the energy to get up and go out to the store, and when she does,she is afraid that she will have an accident of diarrhea. When she can't get out of bed the next day, the whole family is sure she has been drinking herself into a hole all night.

The whole thing is very sad. I know she hasn't been drinking herself into a hole because I'm closer to her, geographically speaking. I see her, and talk to her in the middle of night when she can't sleep because of the pain.

But she has just about given up on doctors, and we are afraid of losing her to alcoholism. It is also suspected that she has a touch of dementia too, right now, as she is confused and exhausted after a two-month bout of diarrhea, pain, and insomnia.

She has all of the signs- the constant pain, sleeplessness, the tender points, the history of trauma, and she has spoken of several instances in her life that point to a neurologic problem. There was a time when she was in physical therapy and her eyes rolled back in her head after she performed the maneuver that the therapist requested. He actually left to get a doctor, because he had never seen anything like it.

If not fibromyalgia, a doctor exprienced in such a thing would be able to help her? She has had multiple hip replacements, colostomy, she has hepatitis, COPD, ARDS. And I think a normal doctor just doesn't even want to go there.

Any suggestion? She has been insulted by some of the doctors who have seen her. She would rather suffer than keep going through it.


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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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