I need a good rhuemy in Delaware or JOhn's Hopkins.

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   Posted 8/16/2007 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
  My insurance wont cover many of the good Dr.'s here in our area . JOhn's Hopkins have a great rhuemy?

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   Posted 8/16/2007 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chaya, I don't know any doctors at John Hopkins however I have heard its one of the best hospitals in the country and I think that they have a top notch rheumatology department. I think with their prestigious reputation that they would be very selective in the doctors they employ. I hope you are able to get a good doctor, good luck and keep us updated.

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   Posted 8/17/2007 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Chaya - I went to Hopkins years ago and it was a nightmare. Hopefully they are better now. Christiana Hospital in Newark is a great hospital. University of PA does a lot of research on lupus and I heard was a great hospital. Jefferson is okay but not always up to date. Cooper Hospital in Camden, New Jersey I went to and they were pretty good. That is where I got my original diagnosis at Cooper. Lower Delaware has great Primary doctors but seem to lack in the specialists. I would go North for specialists.

I use to live in Dover, Felton and Newark, Delaware. I am stuck in New Jersey (where I grew up) now. I also use to live in Maryland years ago but never, not once, had a good experience there. Philly metro area hospitals and Christiana Hospital would, according to my experience, be your best bet. In fact I was thinking of moving to a shelter in Delaware just to get adequate medical services. We will see if they get any better here, but I much rather be there.

Where abouts in Del. are you from? If you are on the Delmar border, maybe it is worth it to check out some of the D.C. doctors. My mom lives near D.C. and says they are good down there. I personally, don't know much about it though.

Keep at it and take care - Kristin
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   Posted 8/17/2007 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Kristen help!!! lol
   I am in newark De. I called JH and they told me to go to Good Sam because all the JH fellows look you over first then send you off to a rhuemy specialist that fits your disease type. Dr made me an appt and I go in less then 2 weeks.  Did I just screw myself? Christiana SUCKSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. My PCP is a beautiful person and Dr but the specialits? F them! I couldnt get a DR do listen to my pain for 9 freaking months. I went to 2 of them for the belly pain and demanded a scope. I got it and it showed chronic inflammation. No apology, just ,well ,you have disease process , here, start 3 medications .  No shiit sherlock. I am scared to death whatever I have is going to hit an organ next. My lung and my skin, bowels and connective tissues have disease whats next? G-d help me before they kill me. Did I make a bad choice with JH? Peter Rocca is not on my insurance :( I heard he was good too

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   Posted 8/17/2007 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Chaya,

Look at the link at the end of my signature called "Chapter Locater". If you click on it, you'll be able to see the nearest Lupus Foundation chapter. Then if you call or email them, they can give you a good referral. Let us know what you find out.

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