Does anyone know of any competent Doctors in the Columbia area that understand fibromyalgia and would be open to helping with disability ?
I have sciatica, stenosis in the back, neck, mild osteoarthritis. Have tried injections and everything else for this.
My orthopedic doctor got me into see a good rheumatologist that diagnosed with Fibro finally in 2016. But he sent me back to my primary doctor for care.
I am trying to work some part time but… read more
I think that is his name. He is a disability attorney in SC.
It took me 5 years to get my disability. He is in Charleston but well worth it.
The first attorney I had was useless. Would not return calls, dropped me when he found out who the judge was that was going to review my case. Terrible.
A good physical therapist should be able to adjust what you are doing in physical therapy if you are in too much pain after. I went to PT for 2 and 1/2 months. I will be starting again for documentation purposes. I had such a hard time after physical therapy that I could hardly walk after. We did very minimal exercise and a lot of stretching. I really couldn't tell after 2 and a half months, if I was really any stronger. It really didn't make it easier to walk or to get more things done in a day. However, when I did have really bad days, like one day I cried all the way home because I hurt so bad, the physical therapist did dial back the exercises so I had a break. I also had one Friday that something we did put my left hip out of place. It hurt all weekend but when I went back he was able to press the right places and it went back in. My point is, that if you have a good therapist, they should be able to adjust. The whole idea is to strengthen gradually and unfortunately with fibro it seems to take longer than normal. If the therapist can't scale it back, you need someone else.
Im about 2 hours from you and so far I really like my rheumatologist, but Ive only seen her twice. I cant really determine yet if I feel shes helping any. She sent me to physical therapy for exercise, but it hurt so much I only went twice. They wanted me to go 2 or 3 times a week and its $40. Each visit. Plus it was so painful I couldnt walk the next day. I see her later this month and I hope I feel better about the whole exercise deal. She put me on Cymbalta. I cant tell if much of anything works because I am always in pain. I hope to find something where I can get relief. I have arthritis in my neck and my former rheumatologist just acted like that wsnt a big deal. It pops all the time and I wonder if I get some of my headaches because of it. I will try and remember to get back with you after this next visit. You also might try the doctors in Augusta at the medical college. That would only be an hour away for you and they have all the latest of everything. Hope you get help. Take care
You won't get a Dr to help with disability. They don't want to be involved and they don't need to be. However, you do need someone who will document your condition, your struggles to work and take care of yourself. I believe getting a lot of Drs involved will help. My primary care physician did fill out a form sent by my attorney. He filled it out correctly all the while stating he would not be involved. I also have made sure my rheumatologist has my issues documented and the physical therapist has documentation as well. I think the more documentation the better.