My DH and I just got back from Nashville. I had an appointment at 10:30 this morning with a rheumatologist at Vanderbilt Medical Center, and we might as well have just stayed home. The visit wasn't bad, and the doctor was very nice, but after reviewing my symptom list and my records and lab test results sent over from my PCP and giving me a brief physical exam, she said that there is nothing to suggest that my problem is rheumatological. She said I don't have rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, or any symptoms of an autoimmune disease. She said from my symptoms and the exam she gave me, that the problem is obviously neurological (well duh!! I kind of figured that out when I was filling out the questionnaire her office sent me and nothing on it pertained to anything I was experiencing.) She didn't do any blood tests or any other tests at all. She did, however, recommend neuropsych testing which might narrow down what is causing my cognitive problems.
At one point, she asked me why I didn't just see a rheumatologist in Knoxville, rather than making a 3-hour (one way) trip to Nashville. She also asked why, when my symptoms are neurological, was I referred to a rheumatologist. To tell the truth, I have no idea. My PCP referred me. I guess he wanted to cover all the bases and rule out all the other stuff that it *might* be, but why I had to go all the way to Nashville is beyond me. (He had first suggested Mayo Clinic, but supposedly my insurance wouldn't approve it, so I guess this was the next best thing.)
The trip wasn't a total bust though. DH and I drove over last night and stayed in a hotel and just spent some time together and rested. We had a fantastic dinner, then on the way home, stopped in Cookeville and had an awesome steak (the best we'd ever had) at a restaurant called Cheddars. So, we kind of turned the trip into a mini-vacation. But I'm glad to be home, because I'm really, really tired now!
So, I'm no closer to having answers at this point, except that I now know another list of diseases that I *don't* have. And though I'm glad that I don't have any of those diseases, I'm disappointed that I'm no closer to having an answer as to what it is that I *do* have.
Living in Limboland!
I may not know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.
Post Edited (Shashi) : 5/14/2007 7:50:58 PM (GMT-6)