temporal arteritis/a visit to the doctor today

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/29/2006 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I was hoping for some resolve during my visit to the opthomologist.  Instead, I received the usual rhetoric from HMO doctors.  "It isn't temporal arteritis, I've never seen a case in anyone under 70 years old (I'm 51 yrs.), and I've never seen a case in anyone with a normal sed rate".  Period.  However, he was confused by my symptons, they were all indicative of TA, but he refused to do a biopsy.  A biopsy would rule out TA once and for all. 
So, from everything I've read about TA, for example, it affects people over 50, 1/2 of all TA sufferers will have a normal sed rate, and the only way to rule out TA is with a biopsy.
He said my symptons were also indicitive of autoimmunne disease, lupus, arthiritis, etc.  But, because my test results were showing normal (most of my tests were either low or high in the normal range, with the exception of RBC which was below normal) he felt I needed to see a doctor in mental health.
He sent me on my way with a cheery wish for a New Year.  I left the room and immediately broke into tears. 
Crazy????  Only because the doctors make us so. 
What to do.   eyes

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 12/30/2006 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
find a doctor who will listen to your symptoms ..... i hope you can get to a rhuemmy. good luck and no u r not going crazy so dont let them do it to u. it is good to get the emotional stuff out here so u dont hold it in till the doctors visits and look all depressed .... so many of us on here took years to get someone to listen and see or understand our pain. i went 10 years ago to a doctor and he told me i was depressed so i never persued it further. i figured i was as the pain and fatigue interferred with so much. i nevered complained again til i couldnt use my arms the same week my eye went crazy, went back and bam u have RA and probably for a while. so hang in there ur not alone. 2007 will bring hope! yalinda :)
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