What do you look for when searching for a new Rheumy?

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   Posted 3/9/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Can anyone give me any helpful hints when searching for a new doctor (Rheumy) I am not sure if mine is right for me.
Lyme, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, IBS, Reflux, Insomnia,Sleep Apnea
Current Meds: Tramadol, Percocet for break thru pain, & Adavan
Taking it one day at a time.... 

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   Posted 3/9/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Monica, I need to know that my rheumy will take the time to answer my questions,
will spend time reviewing my lab reports with me and give me copies of lab reports. If
he does not know an answer (out of his realm of expertise) he will call or refer me to that
specialist. I need to know we are partners in my health care. I want to know that I am
taken seriously. If you feel as though you are being rushed through an appointment and
treated like a number and not being listened to, I'd start looking for a new rheumy.

I am lucky to have a good rheumy. I had my share of "bad" docs in the past. Hope you
find a good doc who understands and helps to alleviate your symptoms.
Forgot to mention that my rheumy was to referred to me by my primary doc who I
like. she said he was very good and she was right.

Hugs, Robin

Fibromyalgia, MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma & RA) Raynaud's, Osteoporosis,
Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Migraines, and Hypertension
Prescription Meds: Savella, Cyclobenzaprine, Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Boniva,
Folic Acid.  OTC Meds: Multi-vitamin. Vit, D, Vitamin B12 & calciim supplements

Post Edited (crazykitty) : 3/9/2010 8:04:07 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 3/9/2010 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
When looking for a specialist, I've always asked my PCP for a referral. I have a great PCP and I think good doctors refer us to other good doctors. However, when I have wanted to change rheumys, my PCP has always been more than willing to refer me to someone else. I recently left a rheumy because even though she's a highly regarded doctor and did a lot to help me, I just couldn't communicate with her.

Once I got an appointment with my new rheumy, we spent an hour talking about my history and his approach to treating his patients. I told him outright that communication is very important to me when looking for a new doctor.

I would never go to a doctor simply because I found his or her name in the yellow pages. Ask around. Get a referral.

I hope you find someone that you can work with.

SLE, fibro, renauds, restless leg, hiatal hernia, double vision, migraines, costocondritis.

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   Posted 3/11/2010 2:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I had to fire my rheumy because I didn't feel I was getting anywhere with her. So I told my DR and maybe after tomorrow's appointment he will give me one.

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   Posted 3/11/2010 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was looking for a new rheumy I called and asked to speak to their nurses and asked them if the doc believed in fibro and how he treated his fibro and myofacial pain syndrome patients. I figure their nurses work the closest with them and was pretty blunt when I told the nurse what kind of doc I was looking for. I know the nurses aren't going to bad mouth the doc but they know if the doc believes in fibro and treats it. When I found the one I wanted to see I went to my PCP and asked for a referal to see him. I really like the one I chose, he is young but not too young that he doesn't have experience with fibro patients and our thinking about fibro is pretty much the same. He has never made me feel rushed at all, when I go we spend a lot of time together.
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