how do you find a Dr??

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LisaPunk
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 7/3/2009 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
how do you go about finding a GOOD Dr that believes in Fibromyalgia and knows how to treat it other than just a peripheral understanding of it.
i do have a regular doctor that i like but im not sure how to approach the topic.

my MIL suggested to get my vit D and B12 levels checked and said to call and say i was fatigued and wanted to get those checked, would that be a good way to broach the topic?

i want to make sure she BELIEVES it exists and knows specifically about it rather than either telling me its in my head or treating one specific symptom with meds which is what keeps happening to me.

i guess ia m looking for a more holistic viewpoint.

thanks!

Marlee2
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   Posted 7/3/2009 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lisa and welcome. When I was looking for a new rheumy I called and asked to speak to his nurse and asked her questions on what his beliefs were on fibro, receptionist really can't answer questions like that since they don't work closely with the doc like the nurses do. Once I was satisfied that he treated fibro and myofascia pain syndrome I had to get a referral from my GP to see him. If you know others with fibro you can ask them about the docs they go to.
 
Yes some with fibro have low D and B12, my B12 is okay but my D is low. My rheumy also checked my magnesium and it was okay. Read the fibro 101 thread, second on first page, it contains a list of fibro symptoms that you can print off and check the symptoms you have to take to your doc. It also contains a list of "what else could it be" that needs to be eliminated before a fibro dx is given, fibro can mimic these. After all my testing was done and everything else had been eliminated I just happened to be in a flare when I went to my GP and he did the tenderpoint test and gave me the dx and then I went to a rheumy to confirm it. Thankfully my GP believes 100% in fibro cause I didn't know much about it when I was dxd.
 
Read and ask questions and we will be here for you.
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
Forum Moderator Fibromyalgia
 
Fibro,Sjogrens, Anxiety, Gastroparesis, IBS, Gastritis, Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Sodium and Osteoarthritis
 
Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches and Tramadol
 
Co Q 10, Super B Complex, Extra B12, Multi vitamin

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