Who is your primary caregiver for your FMS?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by nonnie1967, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. nonnie1967

    nonnie1967 New Member

    Just wondering as I read the posts on this board whether most fibromyalgiacs use a general practitioner as their primary caregiver, with a rheumatologist consulting on an occasional basis, or whether the rheumatologist tends to be the primary caregiver for fibromyalgia patients.

    I'll start. My family practice doc referred me to a rheumatologist to confirm his tentative diagnosis of fibromyalgia (which she did). She then sent me back to him for continuing care.

    I also see a neurologist occasionally for consultation on my migraines and I've seen a gastroenterologist for my IBS.
  2. Bailey-smom

    Bailey-smom New Member

    My primary is actually an internist & he works with a neurologist. I have not been going to a rheumatologist because this seems to work well.

    I say just do what works for you & is easiest.

  3. danaroo

    danaroo New Member

    My primary FMS doc is my rheumotologist. I am supposed to go every 6 weeks, though since my gallbladder surgery in june i haven't gone. I'm on my drug regimen and it all kicked in so i keep thinking why bother? However i do need to go back--also to the eye doc since i'm on plaquenil. Anyway, i have a primary care doc who i go to for colds orwhatever but she's pretty useless. My rheumy is great!!
  4. elsa

    elsa New Member

    Primary Care Doc diagnosed me and treated with anti-virals for the first year. He is also the one who rx'es my routine maintainance drugs. The sleep specialist did his thing and sent results to PCP's file.

    BUT .... I have a Natural Health Doctor in charge of nurtrients and amino acid therapy. .... And,

    An Integrated MD who addresses the hormone issues related to CFS/FM and treats with bio-identical compounded hormones.

    Both of the last two do not report to the PCP, but do their own thing as PCP is admittedly not knowledgeable on these things.

    He knows that I go, but doesn't have any in-put or final say in their treatments.

    It's a nice arrangement as I am having the areas addressed that I feel have the biggest impact on my illness and through the best possible professionals in those areas I'm in early stages of remission.

    I have to give my PCP doc the most credit for the quick diagnosis and equally quick treatment with anti-virals. He has been incredible with my maintainance rx'es too.


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