Very nervous about my PCP appt tomorrow!

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   Posted Yesterday 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone! Today has been a bad pain day for me, I know it's because I'm so nervous about my doctor's appt tomorrow. I'm nervous because it's really a crap shoot with her. One day she's really attentive and compassionate, and seems to have all the answers. The next day, she is itching to get out of there and not really listening. She has been my PCP for 3 years, and I have gone to see her for all kinds of symptoms. She treats my symptoms, orders tests, then when the tests are negative, she stops treating my symptoms. I have been keeping a pain journal for 2 weeks now and I think it's a good representation of how I'm feeling. I am also making a list of symptoms on paper to take with me so I don't forget any. I just hope tomorrow is one of her good days! She's very careful about prescriptions. Doesn't really like to write them! That doesn't make much sense to me, because she's a doctor! LOL

Anyway, wish me luck! I will definitely be back here tomorrow to post what happened. Thanks for all your support!

No diagnosis yet!

Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches, very painful menstrual cramping, pelvic pain.

Still in the process of being diagnosed! Wish me luck!


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   Posted Yesterday 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I do wish you luck for tomorrow!! I just got a dx myself this October after 1 1/2 years of hounding my doctor for answers. I was very fortunate though, my PCP is a very compassionate nurse practitioner with an excellent bedside manner. I probably like him so much too since I hate doctors. Seems the more schooling they have, the less they are willing to listen and help! His supervising doctor last year didn't believe in fibro. He even went so far as to tell me, his words, after many visits with all vague and differing symptoms, as well as the constant ones of facial pain, aching legs and fatigue, "If we get rid of the facial pain, then will you be happy?" To get rid of me, he finally referred me to a rheumatologist that gave me a dx after my 6 mths follow up visit.

I think writing a list of all the symptoms you have is a great idea. Most times I went, I only gave my PCP my worst symptoms at the time. It's when I gavce him a list with all of them that he was able to put things together easier.

Let us know how it goes, and I wish you the best!
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   Posted Yesterday 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy, I think it's a good sign that your doctor isn't quick to whip out the prescription pad.  My doctor is like that too.  He wants to see what is really going on and then take it from there.  If I can do without the medications it's much better for me and for my liver.
He checks everything out and, because he's that way, we found out I was deficient in vitamin D.  Since taking that, my pain and fatigue are better.  I also use the malic acid/magnesium supplements posted in Fibro 101.  These help with pain and fatigue, too.  I do use ibuprofen with food and Tylenol so this is what has worked for me.
I am so happy I don't have to be on least for now.  I don't have to deal with all the side affects and some of them are pretty nasty.  I'm in total control and I like that a lot.  Yes, I have pain.  I'll always have pain but this has worked well for me so far.  I think  your doctor will work with you the check everything out but the "kitchen sink" and help you with using as few meds as possible, and that is terrific!
Let us know how your appointment goes.  We really do care about you.
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   Posted Yesterday 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Tammy, you should not dread going to your doc because you don't know what kind of mood she is going to be in. I would make sure she stays in the room and listens to each and everyone of your questions cause that is what your paying for. I go to my PC every three months and unless I have an emergency I keep a list of questions to ask when I go and actually look forward to it. Same with my rheumy. My doc kept me off narcotics as long as he could and he is still very stingy with the vicodin, one a day, I take a quarter at a time and if I don't need them I don't take them, his orders. I know he has my best interest at heart and hopefully I won't need anymore than what I am taking for a long time.
Good luck tomorrow.
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   Posted Yesterday 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck tomorrow Tammy, It is great that you will be going to the doctor with alot of
information. bringing in a pain journal and a list of your symptoms lets your doctor know
that you are proactive in your care. I noticed a change in my rheumy once I started coming
in with research articles and questions that he would spend more time discussing my health
issues. My PCP spent almost an entire hour with me the last time I was there.

It is aggravating to wait to see a doctor only to feel like you were never heard. All my
doctors know that I expect a copy of any test taken and I always request my doctor to
review the test with me. After years of feeling like a number I finally feel like a patient.

Keep us posted!


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 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 

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   Posted Yesterday 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for commenting, your reply has really helped to soothe my nerves a little. I really feel like I'm prepared for this appt. I'm also prepared to follow her out of the room if I have more questions that haven't been answered. Like I said, I have the pain journal, a list of my symptoms, and I also made a list of ways the pain has hindered my life, things I can't do anymore since this has started. I also obtained the therapy notes from my current physical therapy to take with me.

I'll make sure I post tomorrow after my "dreaded" appt! LOL

Thanks alot,
No diagnosis yet!

Pain issues: Pain in neck and upper/lower back, chest/ribcage pain, Degenerative joint disease in both knees, migraine headaches, very painful menstrual cramping, pelvic pain.

Still in the process of being diagnosed! Wish me luck!


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