I went to the endocrinologist today that my rheumy referred me to. As soon as I walked in, I was asked "are you here for thyroid or diabetes?" I explained that I was referred by another doctor and why, and wasn't sure exactly "what" I was there for. There were 2 pages of questions I had to answer. They had told me to bring a list of the meds I was on and any serious illnesses/surgeries I'd had, which I did. He didn't even look at these 2 pages of questions (which asked about histories of illness in me as well as family members), nor the surgeries. All he looked at was the meds I was on. Then he asked me "How did you get on all these bad drugs?" I said "Excuse me?" So he repeated himself, and I told him they were prescribed meds. He then asked how often I took them. Honestly, I wonder why I bothered filling all that info out. It was RIGHT THERE in front of the man. Then he said to me "Don't you know how abused Soma is?" I looked straight at him and told him "I" was not abusing it or any of the other meds I was on, I was taking them EXACTLY as they were prescribed. Then he asked me "what doctor is giving you all these drugs?" Then, he tried to make it sound like I was depressed! He kept saying "back pain is depressing, isn't it?" I told him that I never thought it was particularly depressing, it was a fact of life, at least for me, and I just live with it. And I told him that my back was not bothering me as much as all the other pain I'd been having for the last couple of years. He said "I notice you're on Paxil for depression", and I told him I was put on Paxil for panic attacks. And he kept repeating, "but back pain's depressing, isn't it?" What is up with that?????? Sure, when you have a lot of pain you get down and depressed. But I have a feeling this guy is going to try and put all of this on depression! He sent me to have some bloodwork done, told me to come back in 2 weeks, and walked out. I'm so mad right now. He may be a "good" doctor, but his attitude sucks, just like the neurosurgeon who did my back surgeries but who wouldn't prescribe anything for pain for me. In fact, this doc today was singing the neuro docs praises. I got the impression he was going to try to get my other docs to take me off of my meds. This doctor merry-go-round thing is new to me. I love my osteo and my rheumy and felt so fortunate to have found 2 great docs, but this guy today, I do not like at all. I really felt like he was trying to provoke me when he was asking me about these "bad" drugs and going on about Soma abuse. I'm sure if I had shown I was angry with him, he would have said I was aggressive or something like that. I don't know what to expect next.