I've been struggling over the last few months, probably more. My rheumy retired last year. Since then, I've seen three doctors and feel as if I have been jostled around and gotten no where. I have been made to feel as if I am a drug seeker and if you have never had that happen, believe me, it's not a good feeling. After being managed by an angel for over 20 years, it was really a very tough time for me.
Today, I had a consultation with another rheumy that is in the same practice as the one who retired and in fact, she left a list of names of docs that she recommended and this one was on the list. Why no one told me about this list before now, well, who knows? Anyway, this new doc looks to be about 13...seriously...she is so young, but I'd never hold that against her since I have 3 young physicians in my family and I know how capable they are. Anyway, her CV was posted on their website and I did check that out previously. Okay, so we went over my chart...can you imagine? 20 years...also brought her up to date what has happend within the last three months, including x-ray on pelvis, lower back and MRI on lower back. We went over my medications, her recommendations, my questions, etc, etc. The VERY good news is she does not feel I need surgery on my lower back, she thinks the awful pain I've been having there is mostly muscular and can be managed with medication and exercise, to strengthen my core. She is recommending water aerobics, which of course, I need to find a pool for. I have been afraid to do any kind of exercise besides elliptical for months now because of the horrible pain I've been feeling. I can't tell you how relieved I am that she feels it's muscular. Yes, it's still painful, but I dont feel like I am going to do any damage if I exercise, know what I mean?
Just wanted to share this news with you. There are so few people that really understand what we go through and I know you "out there", my fibro friends, truly understand...
Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.