Posted 4/26/2015 1:44 PM (GMT -6)
For fibro, I found a great doc at a small regional hospital in McKeesport, PA. He's a rheumatologist. These docs are trained with 2 residencies (or residency and a fellowship), and there are very few of them because of the long time training and the low income they make after finishing.
My pain docs, one a physiatrist (physical medicine and rehabilitation) and the other an anesthesiologist, both good doctors and very kind and caring, just don't know fibromyalgia the way a rheumatologist does. They do know a lot about physical therapy and can test for fibromyalgia, but having had that done by all 3, the rheumatologist is way more thorough.
It took me about 4, maybe 5, months to get an appointment with my rheumatologist because he's swamped. He teaches for the University, has several residents, but there are so few teaching this that patients can wait and wait. He runs 2 - 3 hour slate on his appointments also, because he takes time with his patients.
If you can get in with one of these guys, go for it, but if you can make do with a pain doctor, who can treat you for the pain at least, you might have to.