My new doctor, first visit yesterday

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by BethM, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. BethM

    BethM New Member

    Fortunately, my new doctor is very patient. She was a bit overwhelmed with my health history. Even though I had scheduled an appointment for a physical exam, so it was a longer time, we still ran over time by about half an hour.

    I decided on this doctor, even though the clinic is about a half hour drive from home, because my cousin recommended her as a 'fibro friendly' doc. She certainly didn't blink at the word 'fibro'. Asked lots of appropriate questions, and I tried to give her good answers.

    She must've mentioned that I am overweight, about 14 times. sigh. That is not news to me! She wants me to walk the dogs twice a day for an hour, instead of several shorter walks. I didn't tell her I can't walk for an hour... (neither can my elderly big dog!) Actually, I've lost a few pounds since I moved here about 3 weeks ago, so that's positive.

    The upshot is that we are leaving my meds as they are for now. She wrote new prescriptions for most of them, although she won't re-write for my Darvocet until the current prescription runs out. Ah, how they worry. That's ok, though, I understand her caution.

    She wants to see me again in a month or two, to talk about the fibro and other options to manage it. She likes that I am able to get up and out, to work and manage my life, have good physical flexibility and reasonable physical strength. She didn't want to hear that I want more than that... Maybe next time, when time isn't so crunched and she is not so overwhelmed by my medical history. One can be flexible and still hurt!

    I hope this isn't a case of 'but you look so healthy'...

    We'll see when I go back.

    She ordered lots of lab tests, so I have to go back to do fasting blood work. Included is an antibody test for Lyme disease. That will be interesting.

    She also wants me to have a colonoscopy, since I'm past that magic number of 50 years. darn. I was hoping to avoid that one.

    So, here we go again.


  2. reckabek

    reckabek New Member

    Thats awesome Beth, that u had a good expierance with her! where do life i wanna go!!!! hehe...i think im due to change up....but whatever, im glad she is gonna take care of your med needs, and understands u!!! thats hard to find now and days!! have fun w/ that colonoscopy!!! U enjoy that one!!! take care, beck!!!
  3. suzette1954

    suzette1954 New Member

    It takes a long time to gain their trust and for all of your problems to be addressed, but then you know that.

    Best wishes to you. I hope she will be willing to work with you and Im so happy you are able to still work. I sometimes think I will go crazy in this house alone during the day, but I couldnt work at my highschool office job anymore. I think I miss the kids the most!

  4. Pianowoman

    Pianowoman New Member

    This is third positive post ( that I have seen) about new doctors in the past 2 days. This is really encouraging. I hope people who have good experiences will continue to post. We see so many negative ones; perhaps the balance is shifting?

  5. 1975jet

    1975jet New Member

    Sounds like you found yourself a good doctor- good luck to you - I turned 50 this last January- had a colonoscopy In Dec. first one... The worse part, I think is the prep. - after that I was fine- the test itself was not bad.... /since my dh has had about 4- he told me what to expect and he was right...

    Don't worry hon, keep on chuggin'- My doctor is aware of Fibro and also PPS(post polio syndrome) so we will see- I am just taking one day at time for now.

    Bless and be well
  6. hangten52

    hangten52 New Member

    So glad to hear your doctor is working with you on your meds and all. And it does sound like she's FM friendly. When I read your post, I thought I had written it because I just changed PCP bcz new insurance does not cover the PCP I've been with for almost 10 yrs. I'm so glad bcz my old PCP was not FM friendly and all the other things going on, he kept telling me to join an aerobics class, lol. That is such a joke bcz some days I can't get out of bed, teehee. Just kiddin. I get up at 6am every morning bcz my son is taking summer school for algebra.

    Anyways, my new PCP was, just like your doctor, totally overwhelmed when he read all my problems that his (male) nurse had written up. My appt. also was for 1 hr and lasted 30 min. He didn't say anything for about 10 min. then he stopped reading, looked up at me and said "looks like you have FM and CFS." I was floored. After all the other diagnosis, I was glad he said that. He told me he thought I was on the best meds out there and wouldn't change, so he wrote 5 scripts: Elavil, Celebrex, Cymbalta, Lyrica and some facial cream I use for dry skin.

    Only problem is that he said he has stopped writing prescriptions for narcotics but would write one until I see my new pain mgmt doc end of this month (hydrocodone). I think he's going to work out great.

    Good luck on your next visit and hope your blood tests work out ok. I had the Lyme test and everything turned out ok. Now, my new doc wants his own complete blood tests. He had a list of about 10 things to check-I just had blood tests done couple months ago by my rheumy but he wants his own.

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  7. BethM

    BethM New Member

    I feel like I've gotten a whole lot done already this week!

    Saw the new doc AND had a job interview yesterday. Started a 'women's health' yoga class this morning, have an appointment for a hair cut tomorrow MUCH needed!), have another job possiblity to look at Thursday, found a dentist and set up appointments for us... oh, and Friday the big dog gets his stitches out. Not working is exhausting...

    I think that's enough for now!

    Many positive things, but I'm about worn out. Good thing I have this new doc to fall back on if I fall over.

    This is why I don't want to work full time. It's nice to be able to spend my energy for all this, without spending it at work.

    Thanks for the support and encouragement, and comforting words about the colonoscopy!


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