Help!!! My doctor dumped me.

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T~
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   Posted 11/10/2008 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I need help people!  I was diagnosed about a year ago with Fibro, after my PCP sent me to an Rhuematologist for an evaluation.  I assume he thought that I might have Fibro, but never once hinted to it.  After I was diagnosed, I called my PCP to make an appointment to address medication and my new diagnosis.  During the appoitment and truely only a few minutes into the appointment, he said that he received the notes from the specialist and suggested that I find a doctor that is more familiar with Fibro.  He said, he didn't know much about Fibro nor did he have the time to study it.  I was
 
Since then I have been calling PCP's under my insurance only to find that either they are not taking new patients or I'm interviewed by the Receptionist.  Get this.... I'm asked the obvious questions about insurance and then they work into... do I have any health issues that they should note.  Have I been diagnosed with anything or am I in pain management.  Today I finally lied and said "Well I'm 40, things are starting to fall apart".  She said that she would take it to the Doctor and they would call me if the doctor decides to accept me.  I started out calling doctors asking if they were familiar or comfortable treating Fibro patients.  Now I'm avoiding the topic and I even lied.
 
I have been a year without a PCP.  I have seen the Rhuemy who has given me my current meds, but I have to have a PCP and I refuse to see the one that told me to go away, after eight years of my whole family being under his care.
 
What do I do?  I called my insurance and asked for help.  It was suggested that I try an internest and she gave me 10 names in my area, but have you lied to get into a doctors office and it's things like this that really bother me.  Talk about discrimination.  What is up with that?  As if I diagnosed myself.  Pain management is not something I have chosen.  What the heck?  When did they start interviewing patients?
 
Any advice is really appreciated.  Sorry so long!  I'm a bit worked up.
 
Thank you,
Tricia
Fibromyalgia (DX'd Dec 07) ~ Generlized Anxiety ~ Migraines ~ IBS ~ Asthma ~ Allergies
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Green Grove
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   Posted 11/10/2008 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow. . . I'm so sorry for what you are going through Tricia. Sounds like a very long nightmare. I've went through similar, except mine is a problem with living in a small town, and doctors up and moving away without notice, and the remaining ones being older or so full of patients, that they can not possibly take on any more. I wish you the best of luck. You'll be in my prayers :)
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Sherrine
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   Posted 11/11/2008 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   

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?!!!!  skull

Sherrine


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T~
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   Posted 11/11/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   

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


Fibromyalgia (DX'd Dec 07) ~ Generlized Anxiety ~ Migraines ~ IBS ~ Asthma ~ Allergies
Cymbalta   Topamax   Claritin   Tylenol   Ibuprophen


Baybreeze
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   Posted 11/11/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

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?


mamanan
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   Posted 11/11/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't believe this has happened to you! How can a doctor just dump a patient liek that? He shoudl at least help you find someone who is more knowledgeable in this field. I liek Sherrine's idea, adn call the rheumatologist.

My PCP is a nurse practitioner, and he believes in fibro, he was the first to mention it. BUT, the doctor that oversees him doesn't. The doctor has a special interest in neurology, and since my in office tests are fine, other than hyper reflexes and my symptoms, he is takign a wait and see approach. But my NP is treatign me as if I have fibro, with the doctor's blessing, lol. So I guess i'm lucky.
Waiting for appointment with rheumy (March 2009) to get an official dx. waiting, waiting, waiting....
Taking malic acid/magnesium combo, what a life saver! and amitriptyline

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