Getting referral-how?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by lenasvn, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    Since I last saw my doc I don't want to see him again. He gave me the impression that I would be a much happier person if I didn't pay so much attention to my symptoms. Right. I have RA and I know I have Fibromyalgia. I just need it diagnosed. He never told me a doc. in the same building diagnoses Fibromyalgia, since he doesn't believe I have it. I know more about RA and FM than him, it was pretty clear. I would hate getting some crap in my patient file about being a lazy person or hypocondriac if I call and ask for a referral to this other doc. Do I have to see my doc, or can his nurse just call in the referral? I'm not chicken with this doc. But we must admit a doc. have a lot of power with his title and pencil. He can cause alot of harm with his "diagnosis".

    Lena
  2. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    Do you have to have a referral to see this other doctor or can you make an appointment yourself? Some doctors allow that as do insurance companies. Our insurance let us go to a specialist without a referral this last year, but the problem is that most specialists won't take you without a referral. So, maybe you can check.

    Doctor's usually don't mind referring you to another doctor or hold it against you...I sure hope this is true with your doctor. You can get copies of your medical records and correct or have corrections made to them. If he should put something negative that is only his opinion...and he has only seen you once...you can contest these entries.

    So, I'd go for it. If he doesn't believe in your disease and another doctor does, what harm can it do for him to send you to the doc who does. It seems it would be a win/win situation: he wouldn't have to deal with FM and you wouldn't have to deal with a skeptical doctor.

    Good luck...let us know.

    Sue
  3. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    The Fibro doc's nurse told me I need a referral from my primary. I'm hoping I can get it easily by just calling the primary's nurse.