How important is it to see a Rheumy??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Highlandrose, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. Highlandrose

    Highlandrose New Member

    I've seen one Rhuematologist since I was diagnosed. Should I see one on a regular basis? The one I saw was useless. Spent 5 mins tops with me, prescribed an anti-inflamatory and told me I didn't need to see him again. GRRRRRRR

    I see my pcp, a pain specialist and a neurologist regularly and they take care of everything I need. Do I really need to add a Rheumy?

    Thanks bunches,

  2. Sue50

    Sue50 New Member

    my dr. sent me to one to make the final diagnosis, it was good that I had his opinion for filing for SS disability, he was agreeing with my reg dr. that I did have FM. I don't think it is necessary to go to one on a reg basis if you are getting the care you need from other doctor's
  3. suzetal

    suzetal New Member

    Than another once .And a third for a evaluation.

    Thats it have not seen one since.Its been 8 months now.I won my SSD in Sept.

    The only thing the judge wanted me to continue seeing a shrink and I am.Every other month.He is awesome.I also see my GP every 2 months Thats it.

  4. bpmwriter

    bpmwriter New Member

    i can't imagine the point in seeing a rheumatologist on a regular basis. besides ordering the bloodwork to rule out connective tissue disorders and providing a diagnosis, the one i saw prescribed muscle relaxers for supposed muscle spasms and told me to start swimming. she was probably the least compassionate and least informed of all the doctors i've seen, and she works for a fairly well-regarded office.

  5. CASA02

    CASA02 New Member

    I saw many drs before going to a rheumie and he was my salvation! He has worked with me - lets me have imput - gives me information he has gotten from attending semainars etc - supported disability and gives me imput on pain management - I followed his advice with counseling/pain management/water exercise/pt and althought he calls me "his textbook" case because of my symptoms, flares and overall unrelenting pain regardless of what we do - he continues to encourage me and tells me "they are working everyday for meds that will help" - I don't think it is only because he is a rheumie, but I also know he uses the others in his practice to assist in patient care - I wish everyone could have a dr like him - SW Virginia