Yikes, Doctor Appt. Tomorrow

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tyno3
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   Posted 6/25/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been having chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating and a fever of 102, for several days now. A RN at my Dad's Nursing Home said, pneumonia. She had heard me coughing. So, after toughing it out for a couple of days I called and got an emergency appt. for tomorrow morning. Now, this Doctor, I'm scared of. He has a barely concealed disdain for me and being highly sensitive, I am afraid to see him. The only reason I haven't changed doctors is, he keeps me supplied with enough medicine to keep Fibro from completely ruining my life. Not many will do this. However, every visit is an ordeal. So, I need some "toughen up" advice. This is really real, this chest thing. I wouldn't go except that it is more debilitating than even the Fibro, well, almost. Any suggestions for a sick, weak, scared Fibromite meeting the scarey doc?

vestabula
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   Posted 6/25/2009 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Tyno...I go to an ENT that is the same way.  I go to him because he is  highly respected in his speciality and will always fit me in and I don't have to wait weeks for an appointment.  But he is scary.  Very aloof, never smiles or shows any emotion about anything.  I want to get out of there so bad that I forget to tell him things that are important.
 
Anyway, it turns out he is that way with everyone....and I thought there was something about me that he just didn't like.  I am betting that is the same situation you have with your doc.  If you ask other patients, I bet they will tell you he treats them that way too.
 
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sjkly
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   Posted 6/25/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I would find a new doctor. However, I hate my GP and haven't switched yet though I ask everyone I know for referrals.
Seriously though, find a rhuematologist to treat your fibro and a general practitioner that you like.

luvspringflowers
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   Posted 6/25/2009 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I would suggest making a list of your symptoms with you when you go to see the doc. tomorrow. Since your doctor seems to be aloof you may be so anxious that you forget what you wanted to tell him. I know, have been there myself.
 
These symptoms really do need to be checked out. Try not to take his attitude too personal. Sometimes they are like that to all their patients cry
 
When you can do try to find a doctor who you are comfortable with. My family went to a general practice doc where I used to live and never really felt that he took me seriously, long story there. When we moved we had to change doctors and we are going to a great doctor now. It has been like night and day. There were some issues with the insurance and practice and we thought he wouldn't be in our network any longer, he is so good that we would have been gone to him even if we had to pay out of network!!! Thank God it worked out and we didn't have to go that route.
 
Hope you get to feeling better soon :-)

tyno3
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   Posted 6/25/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank-you all. I will try not to personalize it. Since one can almost always get an appt. on very short notice, I bet many folks have experienced the same attitude and have moved on. It is just that with the Fibro, so many docs look at you (me) like a crazed hypochondriac, when I bring it up, it is hard to find a doc that actually believes me. That is why I hesitate so. I am on the referral list for a rheumatologist but was told it would be a year or so, since this doctor gave so little information with the referral. I will hold my head up high and state my case calmly and quickly, get in and out, in a jiffy.

Marlee2
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   Posted 6/26/2009 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have that problem with my GP or rheumy they both have very good bedside manners but not all docs do. I know there is a couple of docs in with my GP that do not have good bedside manners but they are good docs. I have had to see them in emergencies but I wouldn't want them as my doc.
 
Good luck today Tyno and I hope it isn't pneumonia.
 
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tyno3
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   Posted 6/26/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank-you Marlee and all. I did see the doc today, despite my horoscope saying, "don't try to attempt anything outside of your comfort zone". Boy, what a situation. I pondered a half hour before I got moving and decided it was important enough to go for it. So, I did. Well, I kept it short and to the point. Simply; "the nurse at my Dad's nursing home heard me coughing and said it was pneumonia. So, here I am." He checked me out, said it was a sinus infection then wrote me a prescription for an anti-biotic for pneumonia. However, whichever it is, this medicine should help. I haven't been able to breathe properly for a month. I'm game for anything. Thank-you all for your support. Tyno

Marlee2
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   Posted 6/27/2009 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm surprised they didn't do a chest x-ray Tyno. shocked If you don't start feeling better within a couple of days of being on the antibiotics ask for a chest x-ray.
 
Get better!!!
 
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tyno3
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   Posted 6/27/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
There have been about six instances where I believe an x-ray was merited, but the doc keeps sending me for blood work only. Once he x rayed my hip. Once untra sound looking for ovarian tissue. Well, they claim there was no ovarian tissue, however, after my hysterectomy I had one ovary, left. I know cause they didn't put me on HRT, and it was an excellent gynecologist. So, well, who knows/ cares?
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