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   Posted 4/10/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it's time for me to seek out a new dr. b/c my current one really isn't cutting it to me.  He's not exactly a rhuemy dr, he's an internal med. physician.
So all I'm getting are guessamates when it comes to pain diagnosis and any other flare ups.  I'm really frustrated w/ my dr. situation..... what should I do?
Meds: Prednisone - 5mgs ( 1mg x 5 )
Diclofenac sodium- 75mgs
Vitamins:  Vitamin B, C, and E

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   Posted 4/10/2008 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I would check and find the closest chapter to your location. Then get in contact with them and ask which doctors have indicated they work with lupus patients. This way you will find a local rheumatologist who knows about Lupus!


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   Posted 4/10/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Meeks,

   I hope you find a good rheumatologist soon and get some relief. Please keep us updated and take care.


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   Posted 4/11/2008 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm surprised your doctor hasn't mentioned seeing a specialist. My reagular doctor is also a internist who also specializes in bones. For the most part she can handle my problems but she really relized on a rheumy to narrow it all down. Yes it's time to seek a doctor that is not only a rheumy but make sure they know about lupus as well because not all rheumies do.
good luck and keep us informed
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