What a great response, Lynne. Your info was so helpful. I have gone back and forth and so has my psychiatrist re: ect for my depression. Now with the option of TCMS (if i got that right; I mean transcranial magnetic stim, now on a commercial I saw under the trade name “Neurostar”, I figured I would try the TCMS rather than the ect, which I have been afraid of. I am aware that ems has less side effects now, just worry about the memory among other issues. I wonder, have you yourself tried ecm, and if so, has it helped you?
Wow, it was extremely kind of you if you actually visit Stanford’s rheum site to clarify whether they treat fms (if you did that, or already knew that). I did not, so your info was news to me. I am happy they now (or even back when I saw that one doctor) deal with fms. My doctor there did a lot of puny types of palpation, but he seemed intent on merely deciding whether I had rheumatoid arthritis vs. osteoarthritis. I know his palpation skills were poor since I was a P.T. and knew how to palpate muscles, tendons, joint capsules, etc. I don’t know if at the time he was trying to r/o fibromyalgia, but I actually doubt it. I think he probably did not deal with it. We parted under strained terms, I wrote him emails saying I was still having pain in several different areas , and pain did not correspond with osteoarthritis “flares”. He did not question fibromyalgia in his responses. Anyway, due to your email, I will call Stanford and see if they will give me an appointment with a rheumatologist who deals with fibromyalgia. I hope I didn’t step on any toes; I understand the doctor I saw was the most or one of the most senior (and respected) doctors there, so I have concerns that I might get an unbiased assessment from the new doctor. Anyway, thank you so much for your compassionate and thoughtful response and for appreciating my struggle. I’m sure I will appreciate your struggle as well. I will try to find your intro info if I can, or if you can, please direct me to it so I can know more about you. Thank you!