Looking for a good GP - Inland Empire, CA

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Manzanita2
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   Posted 1/3/2018 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I’ve seen an LLMD in Irvine but they are not real helpful and I can’t afford to try another one right now. Also, Irvine is quite a drive for me as I live a lot further east. (Yucaipa) So I’m self treating with herbs right now.

What I need is a general practitioner who can help me with related issues. My current GP doesn’t believe in chronic Lyme or in any co-infection really and knows nothing about them. He insists all my problems are caused by depression and/or anxiety and basically wont help me with anything until I agree to try antidepressants. I am NOT depressed. Well, maybe a little but only because I’m having these health issues and can get very little help. But I have zero interest in taking antidepressants. I know depression is not what’s causing my problems. So I never go to him except for routine checkups so I can get my migraine meds refilled.

What I need is a doctor willing to recommend massage or other treatments and will help me with pain and migraines and such. They don’t necessarily have to be Lyme Literate, they just need to be open minded. It would be great if they’d be willing to order tests for me too for things like mycoplasma and EBV, etc. If they know anything about nutrition and herbs, that would be fantastic.

I have pretty good insurance and need a doctor who takes insurance. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

PeteZa
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   Posted 1/3/2018 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
It has been my experience that finding a GP as you describe will be difficult.

I know you can find alternative medicine doctors all over California, but many don't handle insurance. If you are lucky you can pay them and then YOU have to submit the claim to your insurance company.

Herb shops probably can recommend a doctor.

If you were up north here in Cali, I have a bunch I could refer you to. I think Santa Rosa area has quite a few also.

Manzanita2
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   Posted 1/3/2018 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, PeteZa. You’re probably right. I would just settle for a GP who didn’t automatically assume my issues are caused by depression. One doc put that on my chart a long time ago and now I feel like I’m branded forever as a mental case. My current doc is the worst I’ve ever had. He won’t take any of my symptoms seriously. I guess this is a common problem. Sigh.

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   Posted 1/3/2018 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
My GP was not thrilled to know I went around him to get lyme testing after his lab was a negative.

And, when I said I was taking herbs, he was even less thrilled. However he was kind and compassionate and told me to let him know if I needed any help with liver or kidney testing, etc.

So maybe I helped him to learn a little about lyme. I hope so.

I think when we run into a doctor that poo-poo's lyme we need to try as easy as we can to educate them. That is the only way we can help the next patient that goes to them that has lyme.

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   Posted 1/3/2018 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Manzanita2 said...
Thanks, PeteZa. You’re probably right. I would just settle for a GP who didn’t automatically assume my issues are caused by depression. One doc put that on my chart a long time ago and now I feel like I’m branded forever as a mental case. My current doc is the worst I’ve ever had. He won’t take any of my symptoms seriously. I guess this is a common problem. Sigh.


I think you should be able to find a GP who won't assume all your issues are from depression.
That's just a bad Doc IMO.

My GP is not lyme literate....but she still listened to me...and sent me to specialists...she supports me with blood tests...etc.

Can you not go to physiotherapy and/or massage therapy without a GP referral?
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jackinthebox
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   Posted 1/4/2018 7:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Girlie said...


I think you should be able to find a GP who won't assume all your issues are from depression.
That's just a bad Doc IMO.



Unfortunately, that's so very common. That's literally what they teach doctors in school. It seems like these days, a "good doctor" will assume depression, and it takes a very rare, wonderful doctor to look more into it.
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