Small Victory How 'Bout Some Good "Dr." News For Once?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mme_curie68, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. mme_curie68

    mme_curie68 New Member

    Well, I would like to share some good doctor news for once!

    I met with my internal medicine doc today. I went in with my spiral notebook of my vital signs (blood pressure, pulse and temperature), pain-scale and current symptoms.

    Because I had these, everything actually went smoothly. My rheumatologist had neglected to order a Lyme titer - got that.

    My hips have been killing me for a month at the sacroiliac joints, bilaterial - got an x-ray for that.

    Requested and received double my muscle relaxant Rx so that I could take it twice a day if I need to, requested and received a stronger NSAID to take twice a day. (My plan is to use that and see what kind of pain reduction I get - then I can progress to the "narcotics question" if need be.)

    Asked for and got an increase in BP meds based on data and increase in diuretic for water retention (side-effect of the BP meds).

    Told her I was "doing my part" - watching what I'm eating, I've lost another pound and have been faithfully going to yoga class 3x/week.

    She commented that with the changes we have made so far, I seem to be doing better and is hopeful that we can stabilize me for the time being.

    She told me that she is a proponent of the "viral theory" for initiating FM and that she thinks that it's the type of virus that infects you and leaves your body in immune shambles and connective tissue disease.

    I thanked her for taking additional time to discuss and evaluate all my questions and that I appreciated her help.

    She looked a little surprised, but in a pleasant way. I don't think too many people thank her for being a good doctor - but do I ever have an appreciation since being here and reading so many posts of the value of a caring physician who LISTENS!

    Small victory, but I'll take all I can get!!!!LOL!

    Madame Curie

  2. claudiaw

    claudiaw New Member

    It's a big deal when you find a doctor who listen's and work's with you.

    I'm about to see my rhuemy to ask for stonger pain med's, so I hope it goes well.

    I alway's feel like I have to prove to them I am not a drug addict.

    Hopefully my visist will go as well as yours.:)

    Best wishes,

  3. Jeanne-in-Canada

    Jeanne-in-Canada New Member

    I just found a new GP too. I posted my own positive report on my visit w/ him. He physically examined me, wants to see my recent test results and run some more, discussed pain meds w/ me,a nd wants to review what I'm on. And listened and understood my most major symptoms, and didn't look at me like I was from mars when I mentioned tht I had anything other than just pain, like my current, and soon to be ex doctor does.

    I actually look forward to seeing him again, unlike my other doc of 7 yrs (too long), who I dreaded having to see every time. I always felt like I was bothering him.

    Good for you w/ your new specialist. They are notorious for not dealing w/ FM or taking it too seriously. I met w/ an internal medicine doc once, he was very kind, and seemed to take my illness quite seriously, but had nothing to offer me. But he at least had high regard for my env. doc, and thought she was the most qualified to deal w/ my type of disease.

    I like your doc's theory about a viral invasion that leaves the immune system in shambles. I believe that's at least a big part of the FM/CFS puzzle.


  4. caperkat

    caperkat New Member

    Congratulations, great job! You're right, you don't always get them to listen, and when they do, it isn't always very helpful. I'm happy for you! I actually have gotten more out of my visits with our GP than my rheumy, but the specialists are usually the ones with the drugs.

  5. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    I have a wonderful GP! After years of seeing him for this pain and that pain and exhaustion and depression, and all the rest, one day he said he thought I had FM. He said that was the good news, the bad was that there is no cure, just a lot of trial and error involved in making me feel better. He always spends extra time with me and I do look forward to seeing him.

    He sent me to a neuro who is wonderful also! He did all the standard stand up, lean over, walk away, walk back stuff and then ordered an MRI. It was ok. Then he ordered a EEG.

    The EEG showed I was having almost constant seizures. When I spoke with him after the EEG we started discussing things that I have always had, but never knew they were seizures. Absence and petit mal seizures. What a relief to know what they were and to find out that they COULD be treated!

    He has them stabalized now and I have very few that I notice. There may still be undetectable ones going on, but we will have to wait for the next EEG to know for sure. He always asks if I'm comfortable with the level of my meds and says as long as I am dealing ok with the seizures as they are now than we don't have to increase it.

    The rhuemy I hated so never went back!

    So there are some good, great, and wonderful docs out there amoung all those others! I am so grateful that mine are some of the good ones!

  6. UnicornK

    UnicornK New Member

    The third pain doc I went to (I had been to lots of other docs, though) diagnosed me with FM. He is wonderful! He is open to alternative methods, and has even recommended some of them to me, based on other patients' testimonies.

    I feel very lucky.

    Sounds like you are too.

    God Bless.

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