Hi melissa, you can tell from my signature quote that I've had a time with docs. Around here, it takes you two to three docs to get to one you like and is good. Usually the first one you get referred to is lousy, tells you nothing is wrong at all without looking at you. I swear its a conspiracy. :)
But anyway, if I were you, I would seek a second opinion or go the the office mgr of the group and tell them about your history with the other doctor, that he has treated you since you were a child and, without putting the other doctor down, maybe see if she would ask him if he could take you back, since you do have a serious illness and he has seen you all your life and it makes since. I will often say that you think the other doctor is not a good fit for you, personally, and you feel you will get better care with your previous doctor, if he will have you back. That would be probably all you need to say. Most likely, if he's not totally swamped, he may see you, at least once in a while. I wouldn't threaten. If not, you may need to seek a second opinion on your care elsewhere. There's no point in staying with a doc that is not a good fit for you personality wise. It just doesn't work out well alot of the time, though sometimes these docs are just really swamped or having a bad day and are good guys, but just can't deal with a lot of questions that day. But if you feel he is oozing arrogance or really brushing you off, try another. Just because a doctor is famous and "the best" doesn't mean he or she will be the best for you, and if they aren't, they will never trust you or believe you and the care you receive will be substandard at best. I was told that long ago and it has proven itself time and time again. Find someone who listens and cares and addresses your issues, you deserve that. I hope that you have luck getting back with your old rheumy and I think you will, at least you might get put on a list for an opening when he is taking patients again. Most docs are curious to see how their patients have progressed and like to continue caring for the same patients through their lives. Good luck.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
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