what type of dr treats you?

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moekelly24
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   Posted 5/16/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis for a while now.. I was on methotrexate but got fed up with the laid back treatment approach by the rhuemy so stopped taking meds.. I am wondering if internal docs treat fibro as well?  I am having pain now that I stopped the meds.. but the rhuemy I was going to didnt take any xrays when I had a very painful thumb, you would be surprised how much you need your thumbs, I went on my own to see an orthopeodic doc and he xrayed then dx with trigger finger and arthritis  in my thumb.. gave me an injection and no probs now.. so I am not sure about going back to rhuemy and not many in my area to choose from anyway..  anyone have success being treated by intermal med doc??
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Shash13
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   Posted 5/16/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kelly -- please 'scuse the short form if not okay with you.... I was dx by a rheumatologist years ago, but have been seeing an internist for a few years now. She has been good about researching fibro and trying to help me as much as possible. I have other stuff she treats me for, too, so I'm happy to have her and not have to always see another doctor. (about a year ago my doctor was dx with mild fibro, so she really "gets it" better than most! Even though she doesn't have a severe condition yet, she really does understand a lot of it.) BTW -- I've had off and on problems with my thumbs, especially the left one, so I know what you mean about needing them!!!
Hope you can post often -- this forum is full of people who understand and really care.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 5/17/2009 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I've never gone to a rheumatologist.  I use a board certified Internist and love him.  He's affiliated with a medical school in my area and is on top of everything because he's also a diplomate. 
 
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lost in philly
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   Posted 5/17/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I am SO GLAD you asked this question! I have been bouncing between 10 different Dr's and would love to know if just one specific Dr is best! My rhuemy dx me but then doesnt seem to know much about treating me. My PCP just sends me to other Dr's and seems afraid to prescribe anything stronger than Tylenol. I like her, she just seems to "pass the buck" alot.
Are Internist really better??
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pattipanda
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   Posted 5/17/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I go to my GP for my fibro. He also practices accupunture. He's pretty current on fibro and really is great with pain. Unfortunatly I can't get accupunture because its toooooooooooooo expensive. Maybe if I win the lottery I could afford it. Most insurance carriers don't cover accupunture. Its too bad because I've heard of lots of folks that its helped.
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Sherrine
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   Posted 5/17/2009 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Internists treat all internal problems.  They have more education than the general practitioner.  A board certified Internist has to go through tests yearly, I believe, to keep their "Board Certified" status.  They are called diplomates if they continue to be recertified, I believe.  I like this because that means they are on top of all the new things happening.  An Internist that isn't a diplomate might not be keeping on top of things.  There is no proof.
 
I tried to put the link in and it didn't work so I copy and pasted it.  It's kind of "messy" but it wouldn't let me delete all that gobblty gook!  LOL  But you can still read it just fine. 

<script event=FSCommand(info,args) for=sIFR_callback_0>sIFR_callback_0_DoFSCommand(info, args);</script> about Internal Medicine

Doctors of internal medicine focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Internists are sometimes referred to as the "doctor's doctor," because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems.

<script event=FSCommand(info,args) for=sIFR_callback_7>sIFR_callback_7_DoFSCommand(info, args);</script> What's an "internist"?

Simply put, internists are Doctors of Internal Medicine. Doctors for Adults.® But you may see them referred to by several terms, including "internists," "general internists" and "doctors of internal medicine." But don't mistake them with "interns," who are doctors in their first year of residency training. Although internists may act as primary care physicians, they are not "family physicians," "family practitioners," or "general practitioners," whose training is not solely concentrated on adults and may include surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics.

<script event=FSCommand(info,args) for=sIFR_callback_8>sIFR_callback_8_DoFSCommand(info, args);</script> Caring for the whole patient

Internists are equipped to deal with whatever problem a patient brings -- no matter how common or rare, or how simple or complex. They are specially trained to solve puzzling diagnostic problems and can handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women's health, substance abuse, mental health, as well as effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs.

<script event=FSCommand(info,args) for=sIFR_callback_9>sIFR_callback_9_DoFSCommand(info, args);</script> Caring for you for life

In today's complex medical environment, internists take pride in caring for their patients for life -- in the office or clinic, during hospitalization and intensive care, and in nursing homes. When other medical specialists, such as surgeons or obstetricians, are involved, they coordinate their patient's care and manage difficult medical problems associated with that care.

<script event=FSCommand(info,args) for=sIFR_callback_10>sIFR_callback_10_DoFSCommand(info, args);</script> Internal medicine subspecialties

Internists can choose to focus their practice on general internal medicine, or may take additional training to "subspecialize" in one of 13 areas of internal medicine. Cardiologists, for example, are doctors of internal medicine who subspecialize in diseases of the heart. The training an internist receives to subspecialize in a particular medical area is both broad and deep. Subspecialty training (often called a "fellowship") usually requires an additional one to three years beyond the standard three year general internal medicine residency.

<script event=FSCommand(info,args) for=sIFR_callback_11>sIFR_callback_11_DoFSCommand(info, args);</script> What does "internal medicine" mean?

The term "Internal Medicine" comes from the German term Innere Medizin, a discipline popularized in Germany in the late 1800s to describe physicians who combined the science of the laboratory with the care of patients. Many early 20th century American doctors studied medicine in Germany and brought this medical field to the United States. Thus, the name "internal medicine" was adopted. Like many words adopted from other languages, it unfortunately doesn't exactly fit an American meaning.

 
 Here is what the American College of Physicians has to say about board certification.
 
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that grants board certification - a marker of physician quality in the United States and internationally - to internists and subspecialists. Certification is a rigorous, comprehensive program for evaluating physician knowledge, skills and attitudes to assure both patients and payers that a physician has achieved competence for practice in a given field.
 
You can have board certified rheumatologists, too.  But I have always seen a board certified Internist and they have been able to help me with all of my health issues.  I have also been given wonderful referrals by my Internists when I've needed that.  (When my Crohn's was getting severe and I needed surgery)  But I like the fact that they can take care of everything.  Hope this helps.
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 5/17/2009 10:40:52 AM (GMT-6)


Stari
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   Posted 5/17/2009 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I see a pain management doctor who uses vitamins, minerals, and accpunture to treat pain. However, I also take darvoct and skeletain for pain and mucsle pain.

Podnette
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   Posted 5/17/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I use a GP who Hubby and I have a great relationship
with....so for now i will be seeing him.
I'm so happy to have this info tho...thanks to all

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Bootknife
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   Posted 5/17/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed by a Rhuematologist who insisted that I also be evaluated by a Neurologist. I have not decided which will be the one I stay with for monitoring and treatment.

moekelly24
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   Posted 5/18/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks so much everyone!! I am going to find an Internal Medicine dr and see how that goes.. I think sometimes that the more meds and dr's I see, the worse I feel. Anyone know a way to check references and opinions on a dr before seeing them? I live in a small country town in the florida panhandle and dont have a lot of choices in doctors. thanks!!
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honeybaby
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   Posted 5/18/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I am the "odd ball out" . turn I actually was diagnosed by my GYN. I love my internal doctor but she is hesistant about Fibro. My GYN actaully has had Fibro for meny years so she is great. I think the thing that is important is not the doctors name, but how much they know about Fibro, and how much they understand it.  
 
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smiling2day
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   Posted 5/18/2009 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I am new here and this is my first post, altho' I have been reading and reading. Thanks to everyone here, I have gotten lots of info and no longer feel so alone.

I have limited insurance and found a D.O. who would take it. She is awesome! I have had arthritis in my neck and back along with herniated discs and lots of nerve pain. The degenerative process started 15 years ago and I am now 47 years old. Years ago I had been dx's with fibro altho' I was also told it was a "catch-all phrase and not a true condition".

My new doc changed what I had previously believed and is so knowledgeable in fibro. I know that D.O.'s have more education/experience and not sure if that is why she is so pro-active in finding a treatment. She is also the one who encouraged me to find a forum/support group and all the info I could to help her treat me. Not sure if its the type of doctor she is but what a blessing. Does anyone else see a D.O.?

moekelly24
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   Posted 5/22/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
this is a lot of great information.. I did see a DO in the past and I am thinking about going to him to see if he will help me with the fibro.. I wish someone here lived by me so I could find a good dr easily!!!

florida/alabama border anyone?? hahahaha
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