Talked with my doctor about getting a referral to a rheumatologist..

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   Posted 7/2/2008 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
He didn't sound like he wanted to give me one... He said it wouldn't help me with my Crohn's problem (well, doi... I'm well aware that a rheumatologist doesn't handle gastrointestinal matters... It's the joint pain I'm wanting help with)... But I insisted... And I think I may just get one... I have to wait for the secretary to call back once an appointment has been set up...

I hope this means I can finally get things taken care of... And maybe the rheumatologist will better address my concerns regarding the avascular necrosis thing, too... *Still haven't gotten a MRI done on my hips....*

Oh... and he's upped the Prozac I'm on... Going from 20mg to 40mg. I probably wouldn't be so depressed if I wasn't having to deal with pain so much... :(... *But I'll take it, anyway... because I know I am depressed, and I want to feel better in that department, too...*
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.

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   Posted 7/2/2008 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Celey so glad you are getting your appointment. Do look after yourself in all ways makes me feel good to know you"ll get some help. lol gail

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   Posted 7/2/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -7)   
That's good, Celey. I hope you're able to get an appt, and some relief, quickly.


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   Posted 7/2/2008 9:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Celey- I think we have the same life right now. I went off my depression meds 'cause I ran out of money. I got my rheumy appt for Aug. 24. It takes forever to get in where I live. I have horrible hip pain too and my feet are still swolen on a daily basis. Craziness. Good luck and I hope you get an appt soon. (HUGS)


27 year old female dx with CD in 2001. Pentasa 4 g/day, Prednisone 30 mg/day, Lexapro 10 mg/day, Wellbutrin 150 mg/day, Remicade, topamax, nadalol, Maxalt 10 mg as needed. Mother of son, 3, and daughter, 10 months.  

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   Posted 7/2/2008 10:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Celey,
I hope you get an appointment soon, I was glad when I pushed my Gastro doctor for a Rheumy referral, after weeks of pain I was finally diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondilitis (due to the Crohn's) in I strange way I felt vindicated by this new diagnosis, it meant I was'nt just whinging.
Keep us posted

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   Posted 7/3/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear you are finally getting your referral. Stay strong and don't back down with your Doc, no one should have to suffer. Good luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 7/3/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I can relate. I saw my PCP for a physical on Monday & asked her about a referral to a rheumy. She said she didn't think they could help me since I'm already taking Humira & that the rash I get in the sun is probably from the Humira. So she told me to wear long sleeves (in Texas during the summer) & called in an rx for a "great" new anti-inflammatory that is easy on the stomach. When I picked up the rx, it turned out to be an NSAID, with a big warning to not take it if you have ulcers. I called a rheumy the next day.
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