Did anyone find "Dr. Right" on the first try?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by kaiasmom, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. kaiasmom

    kaiasmom New Member

    Since it seems that we have all had to see numerous doctors until we found one that cares about us & actually treats our pain, I am curious.

    Did you start seeing a doctor for fibro, when you first were diagnosed, and like them so much you still see them (insurance allowing)?

    Just wondering if anyone has had such luck.

    Take care everyone,

    Leanne
  2. hope2001

    hope2001 New Member

    tee hee hee hee
    funny!
  3. mom4three

    mom4three New Member

    I found her. I wish I could clone her and send her to all of you. She is so very amazing. She listens to every single complaint like it is the first one. She does not blow any of them off. And she checks them and makes sure they are actually FM and not something else. She told me I am new to this as you are so we together can make sure we get this all right. I want to make sure we don't miss anything.
    She is the greatest.
    I don't know how I can ever repay her.

    I used to work the clinic she now owns. (she was not there when I worked there). I worked with another doctor that dx me first. I moved on to another job in the medical field and kept my sx under control. So when I needed to see a doctor again he had moved and she had become a Doctor there and then I became her patient.
    He was a great doctor too. So they were both really great. I found two. The only problems I have found is with neurologist they suck..

    [This Message was Edited on 03/23/2006]
  4. pawprints

    pawprints New Member

    I am still looking for someone local who is good. A friend of mine who is a doctor(retired) with CFIDS/FM says all you need is a caring doctor.

    I disagree. I still think you need a good doctor who is willing to learn. I am not sure we can expect them to know everything we know unless they have a family member or friend with this illness.

    Keep searching.
  5. libra55

    libra55 New Member

    Twenty years ago when my new husband and I first moved to our small town, there was a sign on an old building saying "Now Accepting New Patients". Since most of my experience had been with the public medical system and the walk-in clinics we thought maybe this would be a good deal. A mutual relationship was formed that day.

    This man has ministered to us through two children, Lyme disease, pneumonia, a heart attack (not mine, my husband's), FM, breast cancer, and Crohn's Disease. Though he is a family practitioner he is a "believer" when it comes to FM, and was the one to refer me to the rheumatologist who diagnosed me. I will admit though I had to complain long and loud about the FM symptoms before he heard me. But if that is the only complaint I have in twenty years so be it.

    He has had the same office staff always, except for one girl who had a baby and chose to stay home. They are always polite and professional. When he purchased a modern new building and moved there, we went with him.

    He is a solo practitioner. He runs on schedule. He even returns phone calls. Himself.

    Every specialist he has referred me to is excellent. And I have quite a few of them!

    When I became ill with Crohn's last September it was he who coordinated my emergency trip to the hospital and got me the best gastroenterologist on staff.

    He is ten minutes from my house.

    Not to paint too rosy a picture, we have had it out over the 20 yrs. more than once, he missed my daughter's autism completely (but it is mild) and we have argued over other treatments and diagnoses but I never once considered leaving.

    I guess it was a lucky accident that I was in the right time and the right place that day.

    I never stop being thankful for this guy. I wish I could clone him for everyone on here!

    Even though I know most of my conditions are not curable, I feel that I am in good hands and he is someone I can work with and who will work with me and listen to me.

    Michelle
  6. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    I have truly been blessed through this whole journey.

    My GP is the son of the doctor I went to for years. Dr. S's dad delivered my older daughter.

    The first time I had to see "young" Dr. S was for a yeast infection. I had made the appointment with "old" Dr. S, but he got called out to deliver a baby.

    Young Dr is younger than I am and I was not looking forward to this exam. He was wonderful! Warm and caring and put me completely at ease. I've been seeing him ever since, about 20 years. Don't know if we can still call him "young" Dr. S, but he's still younger than me!

    He diagnosed me before I was even aware that all these complaints were related. He also has worked with me to get me some relief with meds and has been very understanding about pain meds.

    He sent me to a wonderful neuro, but a not so great rheumy. I still see the neuro, but not the rhuemy.

    Pray the rest of you have better luck then you have in the past!

    Hugzz
    Greenbean

    Stop and smell the puppies!
  7. kaiasmom

    kaiasmom New Member

    I have Kaiser, so I can change doctors, but I only have so many choices. The doctor who I was seeing at the time I was diagnosed had a major ego problem & was more concerned with my "drug problem" then my pain problem. Trust me - the pain was much more of a problem!

    At any rate, after 8-10 months of 50 Vicodin a month and her constant lectures, I was referred to the pain management clinic. That was the best thing she could have done for me.

    So there, I was evaluated by a Physical Therapist, an MD, a Phsychologist & a Pharmacist. They are the team that diagnosed me. They made recommendations for classes, treatments & medications & sent them to my doctor.

    Well, that doctor didn't think I needed any changes to my mediciations - other than to get off of the Vicodin, so I found a new doctor.

    My new doctor will prescribe whatever the pain team recommends. And, I can communicate with the pain team whenever I feel the need. I at least feel like I am part of the "team" that makes my health decisions.

    If my insurance changes, I don't know what I will do. I know there are other good programs out there, but I have been through so much with my last PPO....

    Ok, I guess that's enough!! Thought I should answer my own question though!

    Take care,

    Leanne