I called one doctor who @A MyFibroTeam Member recommended but he's not taking new patients. Then I called another that was on the list who IS taking new patients but is booked out until September and wants a boatload of tests done before I even see her. I'm not even sure I want to try finding a rhumetoligst at this point. Did anyone else have trouble finding anything other than a primary or pain management doctor?
Ah I wasn't aware he wasn't taking new patients :c as far as rheumatologists go, I recommend Heather Gillespie, she's in Chesterton and Michigan City. She's fantastic; I see her regularly. She does a lot of testing, but that's just to cover her based and make sure your whole health is being watched over. She's very efficient and knows what she's doing. She's the one that diagnosed me as hypermobile after 19 years of doctors have completely missed it! She's also greatly reassuring if you have any concerns, and if you have questions or suggestions she will listen and answer and will be glad for your input and dialogue. It only took I believe 2 months to get in to my first appointment with her and she's with the Franciscan system, which if you aren't insured or have less than great coverage, their lab costs are -amazing- compared to Porter and other places. When I was uninsured I paid less than half the price for my lab work through Franciscan than I was paying through Porter.
I heavily rely on my chiropractor for my pain relief...at least he doesn't treat me like a drug addict cuz he doesn't prescribe meds! I good diet really helps too!
I usually use Fransician for those reasons also. Porter is ridiculous. I'll look her up and see if I can get it. Thanks!
Thanks,everyone. I was told by my primary -- who sucks by the way, I just keep him around for my blood pressure medicine, that I need to see one in addition to my pain management doctor because basically he doesn't believe in it. My pain management doctor is really good about treating my multitude of breaking body, so I might just leave it alone for not. He's the one that found a lot of my stuff like the scoliosis, facet arthritis, osteoarthritis and herniated discs. Glad to know I'm not the only one that has to fire doctors because they are stupid.
I am on workers' comp and it has taken more than 20 years but I have finally been able to see a rheumy (they don't accept workers' comp for some reason but now have finally been DX with psoriatic arthritis so I can see rheumy and send bill in later). Rheumy is the specialist we should be seeing but I have fired more docs than I care to talk about so maybe this guy is just another on the chopping block. We will see. Depends on what he knows and who he is getting his info from.