Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by emah, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. emah

    emah Member

    i"ve asked this before a long time ago but my rheumatologist who made an appt with me calls me in with one of his medical assts and lets me know that there is nothing else he can do for me and claims we had a conversation about this. I forget things but this I am pretty sure I would remember and if that were true why would they make an appt with me. Stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then I think I really have only seen the actual dr. once, the other times was with his PA.

    So does anyone know of anyone in San Antonio, TX? Please do not refer me to the Rheumatology Associates...I think that is their name tho I have a better one.
  2. Tizz

    Tizz New Member

    It hurts to be "fired" as a patient. It's a very personal kind of invalidation. I know where you're coming from; I had one tell me my problems were all "psychological," and she made it clear what she meant was that I was faking everything. (I had told her nothing but the truth!)

    Just remember that doctors have their own personal agendas. He may have decided he doesn't want to treat patients with problems like yours anymore, for whatever reason... I mean, maybe he got sued by someone, and blames all fibro/CFS patients for it.

    Or, he may have decided that you will soon be needing narcotic pain killers. Many docs refuse to prescribe them for any kind of non-fatal chronic pain. Of course, what he should have done, is refer you to another doc or pain specialist in that case. Maybe he actually thinks he HAD that conversation with you, but he only INTENDED to... Who knows?

    It really doesn't matter. He's out of the picture, and good riddance! San Antonio is a big city; there must be SOMEONE there who would be much better than that guy! (Sorry, I wish I could help you figure out who to go to -- but I don't know San Antonio well enough.)

  3. emah

    emah Member

    Thank you Tizz and you are right.....good riddance. I was humiliated and angry at the time it happened and just cried then had to wait for over an hour for the bus that picks up disabled to pick me up. Not a good day.

    I will find a doctor, I just hope it's sooner than later. Fibro basically sucks.
  4. emah

    emah Member

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm on it. I hope I can be of some help to others like I have been here on this forum. (trying to do a cartwheel LOL)
    [This Message was Edited on 07/29/2010]
  5. emah

    emah Member

    Broadcasting, I guess in some ways you are right about him not stringing me alone but then I don't understand why he bothered to make an appt with me. That was what angered me. I appreciate the honesty but I certainly do not appreciate the execution.
  6. vivian53

    vivian53 Member

    Did you find a good pain doctor in San Antonio? I have one, his name is John Huff and he is located at 4615 San Pedro, phone 210-404-0020. He is compassionate and understands Fibro/CFS.

    I had a bad experience t the Arthritis Center also. I was fired by Gerald R. MD, for missing appointments when my husband was dying. He wasn't even prescribing me meds at the time. I was so angry about it. Others I know have had great experiences with him so.....

    I sometimes see a pain management doctor, Maged Mina. He is located in the Hardy Oak Medical Bldg. He is always in a big hurry and doesn't listen, but has given me several epidural injections that have been helpful.
  7. Tizz

    Tizz New Member

    I'm sure we can all benefit from tips about good doctors!!

    Could you, possibly, tell us a little bit more about Dr. Huff? For example - you said he's compassionate and understands fibro/DFS. Does he seem to do extensive diagnostic tests? Does he seem to have a good working knowledge of supplements and vitamin deficiencies? What sorts of treatments do you know of that he uses?

    Not trying to pry - just trying to help emah. :)

    [This Message was Edited on 08/13/2010]
  8. vivian53

    vivian53 Member

    Dr. Huff is very knowledgeable about vitamins and supplements. He is also a good diagnostician. I had been seeing the pain management doctor for terrible shoulder pain. He said it was a cervical spine problem and treated it accordingly. Dr. Huff ordered an MRI the pain management doc did not dignostic testing. I had a rotater cuff injury and had sucessful surgery from the orthopeadic surgeon he had recommended.

    I also started having headaches several months after I started seeing him, and for the first time in my life. He referred me to a neurosurgeon, Dr. Arnold Vardiman (good doctor also) and he diagnosed me with a Chiari Malformation of the brain. Dr. Huff knows how to treat the symptoms of this problem. He does many different types of treatments, though all I get are meds, and he has a PA (Bob)that I schedule to see any time for anti-inflammatory injections (even same day).

    He orders regular labs, isn't afraid to touch me (like some docs seem to be!) and is sweet. I have had so very many bad docs, that in the past I have set the bar for what is good very low, all they had to do was not disrespect me and prescribe pain meds. The bar is now high and Dr. Huff is over the top.
  9. Tizz

    Tizz New Member

    He sounds great!

    Sorry to hear about the extent your illnesses, though; sounds very painful. :(

  10. emah

    emah Member

    Thank all of you. I only wish I had seen about Dr. Huff earlier. I ended up looking up someone on the Internet. I have only been once and have another appt on the 30th. Her name is DmSuarez. Needless to say I was hesitant because of how I located her but the visit seemed productive. She thinks I might have RA as well, which I've decided I don't. I hope this works out if not I will definitely be calling Dr. Huff. It's been a frustrating a journey but I do plan to reach a the destination of a better quality of life.

    Once again thank you. Darn, I wish I had seen Dr. Huff
  11. emah

    emah Member

    Please see below
  12. emah

    emah Member

    Thank you but he was a butt the way he handled it and I am w/o transportation and no consideration or whatever you want to call it was evident. But I understand what you are saying and I know I am better off without him.
  13. emah

    emah Member

    Yes, I think so. I found her via the internet so time will tell. If not I will keep on looking. Thank you for your caring.
  14. emah

    emah Member

    Sorry so late in responding but I don't understand completely how this msg board works and I wish there were a way you could respond to everyone at the same time or does everyone get your response. I have no idea. I hopefully have foound someone, only time will tell. Thank you for caring.
  15. vivian53

    vivian53 Member

    We all get to see your replies and you are welcome.

    Good luck with your new doc, I hope she is the right one for you. Let us know how it goes and maybe she can be added to the good doctor list too.