dr. in san diego + 1st rheumatology visit

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erik550c
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   Posted 6/7/2006 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   
hello! i'm new to the arthritis forum, but I am a regular on the crohn's forum. nice to meet you all. have any of you heard of a Dr. Natia Mabaquiao, or a Dr. Arthur Mabaquiao? what can i expect from my first rheumatology visit?

thank you!
Diagnosed less than a year ago (suffered undiagnosed for two), Prednisone + Pentasa, Aciphex for Acid Reflux, scheduled to see a rheumatologist for athritis problems, sleeping pills, pain pills, about 90% normal right now with assorted complications that sneak up on me.


bella4
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   Posted 6/8/2006 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   

hi erik550,

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? 

take care,

e


dx jan 06:
sle, leukopenia, neuropathy, interstitial cystitis, raynaud's
meds: 600mg plaq, mtx, folic acid, neurontin, levbid, elmiron


Ducky
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   Posted 6/8/2006 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there erik550c... I am on the East Coast, but am very familiar with the San Diego area, as I am from Yuma, AZ. I googled those doctors names and didn't come up with much, except that Dr. Arthur Mabaquiao shows that he works out of El Centro, CA, which is about an hour from San Diego. Maybe he commutes back and forth and has offices in both places? CaMama is from San Diego, she may be along shortly to lend her 2cents, I know she just recently switched rheumy's so she may have some info for you!
 
What can you expect for your first visit?  Lab work and questions.  Your rheumy should ask you what brings you there, what pains you're having, where is the pain?  Is it joint or muscle.  He / she may also put pressure on certain points of your body to see how you react pain wise (helps in diagnosis of fibromyalgia and other diseases)... and probably x-rays... then you'll probably be scheduled for a follow up appt so they can review the lab work and x-rays and discuss the best plan of attack... let us know what happens, when is your appt?

By the way, welcome to the Arthritis side of the forum!

Duck


Confirmed Diagnosis of - Psoriatic Arthritis/Spondylitis/Graves Disease/GERD/Scoliosis/Hiatal Hernia/Graves Disease of the Eyes/Chronic UTIs
Current Meds -  Enbrel/Prevacid/Synthroid/Nitrofurantoin
Past Meds - Inderal/PTU/Prednisone/Voltaren/Feldene/Mobic/Cortisone and Steroid Shots
Additional Supplements - Multi-Vitamin/Bromelian/Acidophilus/Green Tea

Post Edited (Ducky) : 6/8/2006 10:33:55 AM (GMT-6)


erik550c
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   Posted 6/8/2006 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
hey thanks for looking those docs up for me. i can't even find dr. natia mabaquiao on the sharp web-site, or even on the california medical board registry. that was who they told me my doc is, so is he maybe a p.a. or some kind of assistant and not the real doctor? sounds like his (her) father is dr. arthur mabaquiao. i don't have a diagnoses for my arthritis stuff yet. my appt. is august 10th! so long away and my PCP is getting tired of prescribing pain meds so this visit better hurry up and get here. anyway, if CaMama sees this i'd love to get her input on the local doctors!
DX'ed Crohn's Disease less than a year ago (suffered undiagnosed for at least two), Prednisone + Pentasa, Aciphex for Acid Reflux, scheduled to see a rheumatologist for athritis problems, sleeping pills, pain pills, about 90% normal right now with assorted complications that sneak up on me.


bella4
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   Posted 6/8/2006 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   

hey erik!

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!

take care,

e


dx jan 06:
sle, leukopenia, neuropathy, interstitial cystitis, raynaud's
meds: 600mg plaq, mtx, folic acid, neurontin, levbid, elmiron


CaMama
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   Posted 6/8/2006 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   

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! tongue  )

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.

Good luck.

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bella4
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   Posted 6/8/2006 8:29 PM (GMT -7)   

hey! 

that's funny!  camama was posting as i was speaking (so to speak)!


dx jan 06:
sle, leukopenia, neuropathy, interstitial cystitis, raynaud's
meds: 600mg plaq, mtx, folic acid, neurontin, levbid, elmiron


missie1227
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   Posted 6/10/2006 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
also you can find out at ratemd.com for  some docs if they are listed on there
9-02 crash w/ C-5-6-7 anterior/posterior fusion in neck w/11 screws and 4 metal plates. multilevel HNP at T & L section. FMS, PA in dec 05. on SSDI after 2.5 yr wait. sezuires, CTS, IBS ( C & D). norco, xanax, predisone shots. i dont know what else is wrong with me and neither does anyone else!!!


3kidsmom
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   Posted 6/10/2006 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Anyone see zuhre tutuncu over at the ucsd arthritis center? opinions???

erik550c
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   Posted 6/11/2006 10:01 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you, this is has been very usefull!!
DX'ed Crohn's Disease less than a year ago (suffered undiagnosed for at least two), Prednisone + Pentasa, Aciphex for Acid Reflux, scheduled to see a rheumatologist for athritis problems, sleeping pills, pain pills, about 90% normal right now with assorted complications that sneak up on me.


erik550c
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 6/11/2006 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
bella, i probably should've seen a rheaumy earlier, but i'm newly diagnosed with crohn's so i'm just figuring this stuff out. i'm in the east county (santee area). thanks everyone
DX'ed Crohn's Disease less than a year ago (suffered undiagnosed for at least two), Prednisone + Pentasa, Aciphex for Acid Reflux, scheduled to see a rheumatologist for athritis problems, sleeping pills, pain pills, about 90% normal right now with assorted complications that sneak up on me.

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