when to go to the doctors..even when you are feeling good?

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Stacey Brimley
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   Posted 11/9/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
This may seem like a silly topic but I've been rather undecided about whether or not i should go to the doctor's for my usual follow up. I had my flare up back in march and was put on prednisone, since then I have been feeling great.
I see my rheumatologist once every couple of months for a follow up even when i'm feeling good. Usually it seems like a waste of time because there isn't anything wrong with me that i can tell him and he usually tells me the same thing over and over from previous appointments. 
He is only available on a friday morning in the specialty clinic; considering I am a full-time university student with a rather harsh schedule I can't seem to find time to see him recently. He has an office outside of the clinic but his secretary told me that i can't see him in his office because my file isn't there and it's down in the clinic; plus he is only there in his office on tuesdays and thursdays 9-3 (which i have school).
I don't know what to do.. should i even bother to try to make an appointment knowing that im doing well and he's just going to tell me the same thing over and over (I won't benefit from this) -- i don't want to waste his time nor mine. But i can't help but think that if i choose not to see him for a long while in the chance that i do flare up it'll be my fault for not seeing him sooner. GAH! 
thanks for listening

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   Posted 11/10/2009 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I would definately keep your scheduled follow-ups.  I'm still in DX limbo here, but my Rheumy says that he's constantly monitoring disease activity, hence the bloodwork and urine tests.  Something may show up in your labs long before you have symptoms.  Good luck to you and I hope your remission continues.


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   Posted 11/10/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, keep your followup!  So nice to hear you're feeling well!!! yeah
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   Posted 11/10/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
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