UTI and Rheumy

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   Posted 7/5/2007 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone here contact their Rheumatologist for a UTI? Or not... just wondering... seems like he has treated so many of my problems because of meds and stuff that I am on I would think to call him but I dont know.. He treated me for bronchitis a few months ago...
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   Posted 7/5/2007 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My rheumy would probably tell me to see my PCP...but I don't know what he'd do w/bronchitis. Can you call the rheumy & ask the nurse?

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   Posted 7/5/2007 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Lynnwood that mine would tell me to contact my PCP. I believe it's important to have a good PCP to be in charge of my overall health and it's critical that my PCP have a working relationship with my rheumy. I go to the rheumy for AI problems, monthly blood work to monitor my cellcept, etc., and she forwards all my labs on to my PCP. My PCP is the hub of the wheel and gets lab results and doctor reports from any specialists I see, such as my rheumy, dermatologist, neurologist, sleep specialists, gastro, etc. When my rheumy changes my meds, she sends a report to my PCP, therefore my PCP knows everything about my medical care, including every med I'm taking. That's probably more than you wanted to know, but it's the reason I'd go to my PCP for a UTI.

I've never had a UTI but I understand that it can make you feel awful. I hope you recover from it real soon.
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   Posted 7/5/2007 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I normally see my PCP for various infections and problems. She can contact my Rheumy if she feels he needs to be contacted. Since my rheumy doesn't do a heck of a lot of stuff for me I only see my rheumy every 4 months or so. I do however, see my PCP every 4 weeks or sooner if necessary. Hope your uti gets cleared up quickly.


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   Posted 7/7/2007 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
My pcp does almost everything that has to do with my normal health problems. I would think that a rheumy could do most anything if they wanted to. They still have to train as a regular doctor before they do a specialty. The bad thing with a rheumy is unless you are already there when somthing comes up it's pretty hard to get in normally and they charge a lot more money.
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