Tricia, why don't you call the rheumatologist that diagnosed you and explain the problem. He/she may give you a referral and may help you get in to see the doctor they suggest. You shouldn't be going through this. It's absolutely ridiculous! Whatever happened to the Hippocratic Oath they have to take?!!!!
Thank you so much for your replies. I'm on my way to work this morning, but I wanted to see if anyone had replied. I asked Cigna (my healthcare org.) if doctors are able to turn away someone who is with an insurance that they are contracted with and the insurance said although unethical, it is legal.
I will call my Rhumey (who is an hour and a half away) to see if she can help with a letter/referral. I haven't thought of an official referral Sherrine, but they gave me names in my area that they recommended in mentioning her name didn't help.
I have no choice, but to keep searching. I fear how long this might go on.
Thank you again,Tricia
Actually it can be illegal and a doctor can be charged with abondonment, however, it can be tricky. There are certain guidelines a doc is supposed to follow to terminate a patient relationship and they are supposed to provide care until you can find another doctor, among other things. But if you really wanted to go the legal route, you would need a lawyer, etc...as you would have to prove the abondonment. If you ever think about this, then it's best to keep track of every single thing.
I can understand if the doc knows nothing about Fibro, then how can they try to treat you? But if you had a referral to a Rheumatologist, I don't undertstand why the Rheum isn't treating you for the Fibro? Do you mean your primary HAS to treat you, according to your insurance?