i live in san diego and i have not heard anything about either of those docs. i see a dr. roy kaplan in encinitas. i think he is the best. i have a friend who sees someone in la mesa that she is really happy with (she and her daughter both have RA), she has health coverage with sharp doctors. i do not know the docs name but if you would like i could find it out for you. are you having arthritis issues, have you been diagnosed with anything?
Post Edited (Ducky) : 6/8/2006 10:33:55 AM (GMT-6)
camama used to see dr mabaquiao so she should be able to give you first hand knowledge! how great for you! i'm almost certain that he is the doc my friend sees in la mesa, the name is so familiar and i remember when she told me his name i was like, huh? LOL!
sorry to hear you have been in so much pain. i thought i read that joint pain can be associated with chron's, is that true? shouldn't you have been seeing a rheumy for chron's anyways? it is such a long wait to get in to see a rheumy. hopefully, he can get you feeling better soon. good luck with that!
by the way, whereabouts in san diego do you live? i live in the mountains east of alpine. dang, it has been hot!
Hey there - I'm here in SD and I had Dr. A. Mobaquio for about 2 years (I also went to Dr. Kaplan for a few years until he stopped taking my insurance, I paid out of pocket for about a year then couldn't afford it anymore - HE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! He is my PCP's rhuemy as well, if that tells you anything! But, I digress! )
Dr. M (we'll just call him that for short) is very nice. He is on the younger side (web says he's been practicing for 11 years.) He was with the San Diego Arthritis clinic for a while, then suddenly left and took his assistant Yvonne (who is awesome.) I got the impression there was something going on at the clinic for about 6 months - he seemed distracted and upset (not at me) a lot before he left. He moved his office over by Grossmont, which was too far for me, so I decided not to follow him (but considered it!)
They all have the same ideas (even the really good ones) - they don't believe that meds give you reactions for starters (so be very aware of your body and what's going on - it's up to YOU!) At the SDClinic, they won't do anything remotely close for you if it can fall under the "PCP" realm even if your PCP wants you to go to them! However, I did like him and he was very nice. A quiet demenor, but I dont' recall having difficulty talking with him. When I got really ill, I did have some differences w/his point of view on occasion, but you are going to find that with everyone.
Expect to discuss your history with the doctor, what your complaints have, what meds you've tried, what you are taking now, etc. They typically listen well, make notes, check you out, and give you a lab slip for bloodwork. I'd say, it'll be a long visit as they fill out your history and such. COuld be as long as 30-40 minutes.
that's funny! camama was posting as i was speaking (so to speak)!