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3gifts
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 8/13/2007 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  This whole thing is so new to me.  I have all these symptoms, and I'm not sure who I'm supposed to tell.  Do I tell the Rhuemotolgist (sp?), or do I just go to him for the pain, and go to my regular doctor for the lack of appetite, fatigue, and saddness I can't seem to shake?  This is so frustrating!!
 
I'd appreciate any advice I could get!!

3gifts


Lynnwood
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   Posted 8/13/2007 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
My general rule of thumb is to tell every doctor as much information as I can. They are the experts on how diseases, medications, and symptoms are inter-connected; not me!

In my case, lack of appetite and fatigue were addressed by my rheumy as being part of lupus -- we changed medications around till we found a combination that works. While the rhuemy explored the sadness to some degree, he ultimately decided a psychiatrist was better prepared to address medications for long-term depression.

Some rheumies want to make sure anything being caused by a medication is addressed by the dr prescribing the medication, others want to pass some of these side-symptoms along to a PCP or other dr as needed. You just have to keep feeling out your drs and you will learn what should be addressed by whom -- since lupus is so different for each of us, there is no sure way of defining what drs will be needed or which ones will address which issues.

Hang in there,

Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus Forum
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sharentrials
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 8/13/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, 3gifts. I'm with Lynnwood. I tell every doctor every thing. Of course, I have only been diagnosed for about a year and a half, so I'm never sure who to tell either. I have tried to make a "friend" out of a nurse at each doctors office, so there have been times I have called and run what's happening by them and sometimes that helps especially if there's a new med involved. I do try to keep my rhuemy involved all around though. Hope you can get the help you need. Keep us informed.
Always looking for the silver lining, Sharen

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