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   Posted 8/17/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I saw a new rheumatologist today. My old one was good but I felt like she didn't listen to me when I said that exercise didn't help, it only got harder every day. She would just smile at me like she thought I was lying. She also wasn't covered by my insurance but still saw me every 3 or 6 months, which was starting to add up.

The new doctor is increasing my dose of Savella from 50mg twice a day to 100mg twice a day and prescribed me Tramadol for breakthrough pain. I'm so happy! I've always wanted to ask for a pain reliever that I could take only when I really needed to, but I knew my old rheumy would say no. He went with Tramadol because I took it for a kidney stone back in February and had no side effects.

I'm glad I finally went looking for a new doctor. I'm not sure he's the one I'll see regularly, because he DID prescribe me Tramadol about five minutes after meeting me, without even asking who diagnosed me with FMS (he asked when, but not who or how). That makes me a little nervous, even though I'm glad to have the Rx. I'm intelligent enough not to take any drugs that I don't think I need, but still.

Anyway, I thought I would encourage others with doctors that they like but who might not be listening to them - look around!
Dx'd with: fibromyalgia February 2008, dysthymia & dysnomia January 2009, biliary dyskinesia January 2010

I had a laproscopic cholecystectomy in January 2010.

Meds: Savella, Vitamin D, Fish Oil, Nexium

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   Posted 8/17/2010 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope your new doc works out for you-it sounds promising though. It took me three long yrs to finally get into a rhuematologist and I knew I could at last take a deep breath when he patted me on my hands and said Don't for a second think your crazy- you are not- you have fibro. What a relief to be believed! I'm all for proactive doctors those that say this is our game plan and call me if it's not working; not the ones who smile at you like your a crazy loon and they can't wait to collect your co-pay and get you the heck out of their office. Keep us informed on how your doing with yhour new doc.
Dx: Fibro, HTN, Depression, IBS, Lupus like symptoms

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and He saves those whose spirits have been crushed" Psalm 34:18

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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 8/17/2010 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, Libertykitty - what a good thing this was for you. I'm really glad. :) And thank you for sharing it - as I'm going to be going through a doctor upheaval again and hearing things like this definitely help. I hope he turns out to be everything you need from a rheumy!
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!

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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 8/18/2010 4:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Im glad you found someone who is willing to help you out. I myself am going to be looking for a new internal medicine dr. Mine of 17 years is going to be working full time in the hospital now and will not be seeing clinic patients anymore. Im not sure if I will be able to find anyone as good as he was. He was more like an old friend than my dr. I hope this one does work out for you.
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DX: Fibro, Gerds, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, High Blood Pressure, and Depression.
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