Dr. Morell

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by shelly11, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. shelly11

    shelly11 New Member

    Does ne one go 2 Dr. Morell in Utica?
  2. tandy

    tandy New Member

    yes,.. I do.
    I have Dr Morrell as my Rhuematologist.

    I've had him for a long time. (maybe 7 yrs??) can't remember exactly how long.
    I see him at sitrin,.. not at his private practice.

    He has his private practice,... and then he also sees patients 1-2 days a week at sitrin.
    do you like him?
    has he been helpful?

    will check back later tonight or in the morning~
    Take care,
  3. tandy

    tandy New Member

    back up
    for the ny er's
  4. shelly11

    shelly11 New Member

    I just started seeing him. Is he good or not? he dx me with fm
  5. tandy

    tandy New Member

    He's one of the best in this area.
    although,... its very hard to get strong pain meds out of him. (or anyone!!) My pain has increased alot over the yrs with Fibro and all he wants to allow me is Ultram/tramadol. The help a tiny bit. (hardly noticable) I'm better off with 2 ex. strength Tylenol. kinda sux.

    I did'nt do the occupational therapy only because they wanted to see me 3 days a week and I did'nt wanna drive out there that often. (from Rome)
    especially now with gas prices.

    Dr.Morrell is very knowledgable in FM and is really nice.
    Unfortunately I have'nt gotten any better. (thou not anyones fault)
    hope this helps~
    best of Luck
  6. shelly11

    shelly11 New Member

    but arent u supposed 2 have 11 out of 18 points that hurt?? he only checked my elbows and they were a little uncomfortable, he said its beginning of fm. could i have been mis dx? I do have allllll other signs tho. thanx
  7. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Do you have a future appointment with Dr. Morell? If it is not soon can you talk to him or his nurse about his examination?

    Duh, if he only tried two tender points and not the other's, that is not showing the whole picture.

    However, he may have a reason for doing what he did. I would find out what was going on with his diagnosis, what he was looking for, why only two.

    If you already asked him these questions, skip to the next thread!! LOL.


  8. tandy

    tandy New Member

    I' d guess you most likely HAVE fibro.
    You don't have to have all the tender points.
    Some tender points you may not even be aware of.
    They kinda feel like a deep bruise when pressed. but theres no bruise.

    If you have all the other symptoms of FM,... then he's probably correct. Although,...blood tests for other things should've been done.
    Such as Lupus,Rheumatoid Arthritis,MS,thyroid. (to name a few)

    Did he order bloodwork?
    what meds did he start you on, if any?
  9. shelly11

    shelly11 New Member

    He said i only have oa. i've had xrays for that. my thyroid is good. he didnt check 4 lupus but said i dont have it, how would he know? I don break out in a rash like lupus patients do. I know nothing about ms, never tested.
  10. foxglove9922

    foxglove9922 New Member

    Hi guys,

    I too am a patient of Dr. Morrell's in Utica. I travel from Syracuse to see him and have been his patient for over 7 years. I suffer from CFS amd mild FM.

    Shelly, I'm a bit confused about your posts. You said in one he diagnosed you with FM and then in another you said only oa.

    I personally think he's the best rhuemy in the area. He has hundreds of FM and CFS patients, however, is not up to speed with most things discussed on this board. He's strictly old school. He will prescribe mild pain killers and refers many out to a pain specialist or physcial therapy.

    As I mentioned before, I believe he is the best rhuemy in the area for CFS/FM. I've seen four others who didn't even have a clue about CFS/FM and one group here in Syracuse that flat up said they do not treat CFS patients, but my long-term disability company requires me to have a rheumatologist.....go figure.

    He has been working with I believe a neurologist in Syracuse on an experimental devise that is implanted in the brain that blocks the pain signals from FM. He has has a 100 percent success rate with it, however, it is not covered by insurance and runs roughly $70,000. Keep in mind, this is experimental as well.

    Wishing you the best,

  11. shelly11

    shelly11 New Member

    sorry bout misunderstanding, i meant only have oa not ra but do have fm. does phys. ther. help? Also, how can i get ssi help he won't fill ne thing out til after phys. ther. could be a long x.
  12. foxglove9922

    foxglove9922 New Member

    Hi Shelly,

    Unfortunately, he's not good with paperwork for disability. Who's your primary? I had good luck with my primary who did all my SSDI paperwork, however, keep in mind I have primarily have CFS. I know CFS and FM have some crossover symptoms, but I believe there are two totally different illnesses.


  13. shelly11

    shelly11 New Member

    My primary gave me a letter today but she said specialist would prob hold more weight. did u get ssi? if so, how long did it take?
  14. tandy

    tandy New Member

    It took over 2 yrs.
    and I was denied the 1st time.

    I appealed and got myself a lawyer and did finally win my case.
    It was based on several health problems.
    I have Scoliosis,Fibro, 2 herniated disks in low back, and Endometriosis. and since then I've been DX with IBS, and mild or early OA.
    (I'm falling apart :)

    best of luck
  15. foxglove9922

    foxglove9922 New Member

    I was orginally denied SSDI, obtained a good SSDI lawyer and won on the appeal process after 18 months. This appears to be very fast for the appeal process. I was lucky enough to have a NJ judge look at my case as NY is so backlogged.

    I would highly recommend seeing a good FM doctor. There are 2 in NYC. Dr. Derek Enlander and Dr. Susan Levine. Both are very much up to date on current treatment protocols and are familiar with the disability process and documentation.

    If you need these docs phone numbers and addresses, please just let me know.


  16. shelly11

    shelly11 New Member

    can anyone have ny look at their case, even if u live in ny? my lawyer applied 4 appeal, still waiting, prob, at least another year. was ur lawyer from ny? if so, who is he? i really don't think my lawyer knows much. can i change??
  17. shelly11

    shelly11 New Member

    sorry, meant can NJ look at case