Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia and ME & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' started by _randy_, Jun 25, 2007.
That's Cincinnati, Ohio.
This is just my opinion, but I think it's unlikely you're going to find a regular doctor who will help you with your CFS no matter how hard you look.
My first recommendation is my doctor, who is in Indianapolis and specializes in CFS/FM. He is expensive, is not a member of any PPO's or HMO's, and does not accept Medicare. I get very good reimbursement (about 2/3 of the $350 for a full half-hour followup session) through BCBS, but my insurance is quite good. (I submit the bills myself.)
Prior to using him, I had success with the following kinds of doctors:
* Environmenal allergist. Hopefully will look at food allergies, perhaps also deal with yeast.
* Bioidentical hormone specialist. There are a number of these in Chicago. I don't know if there are any in Cincinnati.
* Psychopharmacologist. May be helpful in getting sleep under control.
Some DO's also can be helpful, although I wouldn't go into the relationship automatically expecting they will be. (That goes for any doctor when you're a CFS patient though.)
The only people here who I've seen have good relationships with regular doctors are they learn about CFS themselves and then train the doctors (using them for tests and prescriptions rather than advice). Most doctors aren't real receptive to that, but there are some with a mild interest in CFS who are cooperative.
The other alternative is to wait five years. It's pretty clear there will be lots of doctors who will be CFS savvy by then.
What do you want to have happen as a result of your doctor visits? If you know that, it's a lot easier to proceed.
I'm originally from Cincinnati and have spent a lot of time over the years there (since my grandmother was there until her death a few years ago). It's a pretty conservative town, and that might extend to doctors' attitudes about medicine. (Even health food/vitamin stores were extremely scarce a few years ago....I don't know about now.) It's conceivable you'd have more luck in, say, Columbus, although I certainly wouldn't say for sure.
cool thanks for the advice
If you want to see a Naturopath, I would recommend Dr. Marcia Ashendorf. She has a lot of degrees behind her name and knows quite a bit. She and her husband, Dr. Jay also teach alternative med at University of Cincinnati. You can look her up online or go to JAM Naturopathics. You can read about her there.
I started with her last October and she was able to get me out of a crash and get me back to work for 7 months, until I came down with walking pneumonia. She is addressing this issue with me now and I hope to feel better soon.
It's a little expensive and you have to pay out of pocket, but for me, it has been beneficial and worth it.
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