Need FM DR in Charlotte NC area

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by lookingoutthewindow, Feb 12, 2007.

  1. lookingoutthewindow

    lookingoutthewindow New Member

    I love my GP, but I am tired of being a guinea pig. I have switched meds often. Most work for a while; some not at all. Even with insurance it costs a small fortune. Can anyone recommend a FM doctor in this area? I would like to level out. I am coming out of a long flare and would like to enjoy feeling "normal" for a while.
  2. momof471

    momof471 New Member

    I see Dr. Glen McCain. He is a Rheumatologist who has done alot of research in fibro, he's originally from Canada. He is conservative in his treatment(doesn't like narcotics), he promotes using self-help methods. He oversees a pain rehab program at Presbyterian Rehab, he is in the same building. I highly recommend this program. He is very compasionate towards fibro patients at the same time he is to the point and wants to see the patient helping theirselves as well. The narcotic issue does not affect me as I cannot take them(chemical sensitivities. Sometimes I will leave his office kind of ticked off, then I get home and think hey, he had a point. I gained about 100 lbs after I got hurt then went on to be diagnosed with fibro(by the way, he was the only one who even had a clue about what was going on with me). About 10 months ago He said you really have to start taking the weight off, not just for the fibro but your other conditions. I'm like how in the world am I going to do that when I can't walk around the block? He encouraged me to start with the food part of weight loss, along the way I've learned some of my medecines have effected my weight and weeded them out with his help. In 10 mos I lost 45 lbs. Has it helped the pain? No, but its given me some control back over my life. I hate not being in control or knowing what I will be able to do when. I can control certain things though.

    Anyway, he is an excellent Rheumatologist, knowlegeable in fibro, but he does expect his patients to work on helping theirselves. At the same time, he is helping me on my disability case.

    HOpe this was helpful, if a bit long-winded!

    god Bless
  3. Kryssie

    Kryssie New Member

    I also see Dr. McCain. I havent ever left his office ticked off though, that I can recall.
    It is true about the narcotics, altho he has given me 180 darvocet a month. Which I dont take because it upsets my stomach, and once he gave me lortab for flare.
    Other than that I am on ambien rotated with tamazepam for sleep and tramadol.
    I also have other meds but they are from my gen pract.
  4. momof471

    momof471 New Member

    when I say ticked off, its in terms of him telling me to do something I have to do for myself. Its hard when you have this to do these things for yourself. That's what I meant. I only take Elavil for sleep, synthroid for thyroid and Toprol XL for heart. I cannot tolerate anti- inflammatories, narcotics or many other medications. So when I say ticked off its more frustration than anything. He is a very good Dr. and I would recommend him to anyone. I have recommended him to some and they don't like the fact that he wants you to take responsibility for your own illness.
  5. kat1957

    kat1957 New Member

    Are you looking for someone that is specializing in FM only? I travel 100 miles to see a Dr. in Charlotte but he isn't specifically for FM. I have been seeing him for over 2 years now and I never have to explain how much pain I am in or fight with him to get meds. I dealt with a Dr. in the past that admitted he knew little about FM but that he "knew" you didn't treat it with pain meds. <sigh> I have nerve pain which has forced me to take narcotic meds. So I had to find some relief. If you are interested I can give you my Dr's name.

    Kat
  6. lookingoutthewindow

    lookingoutthewindow New Member

    Thanks guys. It may come to the point I will try DR. McCain. I am OK right now, but never know how long it will last. I have to get aggressive with staying ahead of the flares and being prepared. While I am able I am gathering info and arming myself with new ways of easing pain and handling the depression.

    Johnna
  7. msurina1

    msurina1 New Member

    to start finding a doctor for Fibro is calling your Arthritis Foundation. Ask to speak to someone who can recommend a Dr. What I did was call with my question. Then someone on the other line just took my name and phone number and said someone would call me back that evening.

    Well a lady did. She said they were not allowed to recommend or favor one doc over the other But they made it a personal call at night. Any way, she gave me a name of a pain specialist first and then a regular family doc. She never did reveal her name. Thank God she was right. Get with a pain specialist first. Narcotics is a god send.

    Addiction, who cares, we are going to die with this disease.
    I have had it for 25 years, take 80 mg of Oxycotin 4 times a day, Flexiril when my muscles are hard (feel like a knot is stomach area, Ibuprophin with the Oxy. Tamazaphan 60 mg at night, 200 mg of Zoloft at night, and 60 mgs of Buspar at night.

    For years I did everything everybody suggested and nothing worked. I think I got worse with all the excerise and what not I did. Now I go to a heated covered pool. Wish you well. Get those pain pills first. You can't do anything when you are in pain. Remember that!!!