Dealing with docs

How many doctors did you see before you found a good one?
There are good doctors? - 28.6%
Several (More than 10) - 0.0%
A few (Less than 9) - 28.6%
A couple (Less than 5) - 28.6%
On the first try - 14.3%

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 8/15/2009 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Right now I'm fed up with doctors. It just took my primary care physician and my rheumatologist over a month to diagnose my urinary tract infection. When I mentioned my symptoms to my rheumatologist at one to my visits she said, "talk to your PCP about it." So I made an appointment with my PCP and she said "well those symptoms can happen when you have fibro." By the way, neither ever told me I have. They always say "Fibro-like symptoms." confused So for the next two weeks my life became that enlarged prostate commercial even though I'm a 23 year old girl until I could see my rheumatologist again. Finally, she agreed to take some urine and actually look for why I my pee burned and I had to go every 5 minutes. All it took was one little test. Now I'm on antibiotics, and it'll be fixed. Life with "Fibro-like symptoms" is hard enough and full of things that can't be fixed without doctors who don't even try to fix the fixable stuff.

Ok that's my little rant, but does anyone have any suggestions on either dealing with difficult doctors or finding new ones? I looked into the local teaching hospitals but you have to go through an admissions process where your chart is reviewed by a panel of doctors before you even get an appointment. Is that typical for a trying to see a doctor at a teaching hospital? I found my current rheumatologist trolling the internet and my parents found my PCP when I was 7. I think she believes I'm still be 7 and a sticker can cure me.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 1771
   Posted 8/15/2009 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm...  I have a great PCP who would have tested me immediately for a UTI.  Any female with burning urination and frequency should be tested first thing for a UTI.  They are extremely common in young women, and the test is quick and inexpensive.  Definitely makes me wonder about your current PCP.
As far as the process for finding a new doc, I too have been to a major teaching hospital (I've seen docs in several different specialties), and I didn't have to go through a review board (although, I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing- the more heads, the better).  Some specialists did require a referral and others just scheduled an appt. for me based on my symptoms/prior diagnosis.  I would say that it is definitely worth a shot going to a teaching hospital. I've had some "difficult to diagnose" issues that have been successfully diagnosed and treated at a teaching hospital when I couldn't get properly diagnosed or treated in my home town (my Meniere's Disease for example).
I hope you feel better soon, and I hope you find a PCP who takes you seriously.
Hugs - Austen
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of  heart." - Jane Austen
Fibromyalgia, 2 back surgeries, Meniere's Disease, 30+ kidney stones, GERD, IBS, Asthma, Allergies, Endometriosis, Heart Arrythmia, Myofascial Pain, TMJ, Bi-lateral sacroiliitis.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 17059
   Posted 8/15/2009 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Madison, and welcome!  I could have diagnosed your bladder infection.  You do need a new doctor. Look for doctors that are board certified.  I use a board certified Internist and he is very good.  I don't see a rheumy.  Make sure they believe in the existence of fibromyalgia.  There are still doctors out there that don't.  Here is a list you might use, if you do have fibromyalgia.
Be sure to check out the Fibro 101 thread...the first thread on the forum.  There are links to good info there.  You just might see yourself!
I'm glad you found us and joined in.  I hope to hear more from you soon.
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