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   Posted 12/3/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
 I had stated previously that my RF was elevated again.  I saw the doctor (rheumy) on Tues, he said that he still believes that most of my problems are from my fibromyalgia and my degerative arthritis in my knees.  I really didn't even get a chance to tell him what was going on.  He just made that assumption and didn't even see the lab work.  The doctor (PCP) did send it to him before I left and he sent me for more blood work that the PCP didn't do.  He did also do x-rays of hands and feet.  He will see me  in three weeks.  I really have to make a plan so that I get a chance to speak my mind.  Oh, he did give me a shot of cortizone in one knee to see if that helped.  (it did)  smilewinkgrin
I am just concerned because I have been reading about RA and I have a lot of the symptoms.  The feet problems, bunions and plantar fascitis and bursitis, and I have baker's cysts behind my knees.  I don't know it just all scares me. I am always tired and I have all of the fibermyalgia pain.  Well I will let everyone know what happens in 3 weeks.  But, if anyone has any suggestions of how to handle the doctor or what to ask, I am more than willing to listen. 
Thanks ~ Bella

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   Posted 12/4/2009 12:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Why don't you visit your local doctor and list your concerns and get them to ring the specialist for you or write a new referal? I recently had this experience where my rheumy didn't seem to be hearing what I was saying to her and then I went to my GP for help and she rang the specialist on the spot and spoke to her about all my concerns. It worked a treat for me. My specialist rang and jumped into action straight away, it was brilliant.

Certainly can't help to try. They seem to hear other medical professionals. Goodluck, golitho

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   Posted 12/4/2009 1:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, that is great advice.  I think sometimes we look at doctor's as some super human being, that we fear to speak up to them.  No matter, how prepared I think I am with questions or concerns, as soon as the doctor walks in and starts talking, I seem to forget everyhting I wanted to say. I feel I have a good relationship with my GP, I just might have to take your advice on this.  I might wait to see how these test results turn out.  Thanks again,  I keep you posted.

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   Posted 12/4/2009 2:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Bella, Im the same as you with Specialists, I walk in with a list of symptoms, concerns, meds Im on etc and as soon as I walk in their office I become a blubbering fool. I take their word all the time for what is right for me and have only recently push one of my specialists with what I wanted from her.
Not with my GP though, I can tell her anything and get better advice on meds from her.
I like golitho's idea about getting the GP to call for you (might use that one myself lol)
Good luck and keep us posted
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   Posted 12/4/2009 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bella. Well, I have learned the hard way. Never take one doc's word for it. Go to you GP and ask for a referral to a different specialists. I was with a rheumy and had some new pains, all of a sudden he thought I had fibromayalgia (sp??). Yes I had the pain and the tiredness, but he didnt even check the 12 points. Also, I knew that I didnt cause I know my body. Got a referral and went to another rheumy who said no fibro but bone degeneration and my body's natural defense since I was first diagnosed at 2 has been to sleep when in pain. When I go to my rheumy, we discuss my bloodwork. I always go by my sed rate to see if my arthritis is flaring. Then we go over my symptoms. Then we talk about meds. I always have it all written down and I dont let them leave or rush me til I'm done. Stand your ground about how you feel. No one knows your body better than you!. Best of luck! Niki
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