I only saw a rheumatologist once & as expected he couldn't help me (my neuro-ophthalmologist sent me there for a second opinion to rule out a particular diagnosis, he did rule out that diagnosis, but was stumped in terms of coming up with another diagnosis). He didn't do much other than talk to me, look at pictures of my eye that I brought with me, and look over blood work results (he didn't send me for any new blood work, because everything he could think of testing me for, I'd already been tested for by my ophthalmologist and neurologist). That being said, I'm not your typical patient that is sent to a rheumatologist, as I only have ocular symptoms, therefore my experience probably isn't too helpful.
However, I do want to wish you luck with the new doctor. Seeing a new doctor, especially when you have as many problems as well all do, can be very nerve-wracking. Make sure to bring a list of questions & complaints with you, so you don't freeze-up and forget to mention something. I also find it helpful to bring a brief list of my medical history, as it pertains to my current problems (ie. doctors seen, tests done, meds tried, procedures tried, etc, all with dates & results). Please do let us know how it goes.
Post Edited (skeye) : 8/18/2010 8:49:28 PM (GMT-6)