Posted 11/21/2020 7:07 AM (GMT -7)
Hi Blazemom and welcome! It’s so difficult to lose a doctor you really like and has helped you so much. But there are other good doctors out there. Your records go to the new doctor you choose so things shouldn’t veer off too much. You really need to make sure your doctor believes in fibro though.
Here are a few ideas to help you. Ask your present doctor if he has referrals of good doctors that believe in fibro that he can give you. My Internist gave me a few names of rheumies when I needed to find a good rheumatologist. Find an arthritis support group in your area. Your doctor can help you with this most likely. Your local hospital could help too. Contact the support group and see what local rheumatologists their members are using. I got the name of my excellent rheumy three ways. He was one of the referrals from my Internist, a friend of mine with arthritis highly recommended him to me, and lastly my hairdresser! Yep! I know how women discuss things with their hairdresser so I asked her if she had heard a name of a good rheumatologist. She said she had a customer with bad arthritis and loved her doctor so she called the customer right then and got the name. Usually a quality rheumatologist treats fibro patients too.
Once I had the name, I checked them out at Healthgrades.com and Vitals.com.
When I called to make the first appointment I asked if the doctor treated fibromyalgia patients and he did. The rest is history. I have one of the best rheumatologists in my area.
I hope these ideas help you find the best rheumatologist in your area.
Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There is a lot of good info about fibro and you can learn new things there. Be sure to let us know when you find a new doctor because we do care about you. Hope to hear more from you soon.