How many times did it take you to find a doctor to get your Fibromyalgia diagnosis and breathe that sigh of relief? Now that you've gotten that diagnosis, are you happy with how your doctor is treating you? Do you feel like you are being listened to? Have you done your research and feel like your doctor is pushing away ideas that you'd like to try, such as supplements, eastern medicine methods, etc? Well, you're not alone. I was right there with you, as were many.
It took my walking away from two primary care doctors and three rheumatologists to realize that a rheumatologist was NOT what I needed. Obviously, each case is different; however, did you know that rheumatologists are often no more knowledgeable about Fibromyalgia than internists are? And, oftentimes, your own PCP is an internist. If you do your research, you can find out the best doctor for you. For some of you, though, doing research is difficult. But, here are some key points quoted directly from the article, that if you experiencing similar things with the doctor that treats your Fibromyalgia or other co-morbid diagnoses, that maybe it's time to run as far from them and find someone else that is better suited for you.
" Are your medical conditions/illnesses very complicated? Do you have more than the average person’s share of visits to medical specialists? If you are anything like me, with a variety of high pain illnesses, then the answer to these questions is a definite “YES”. Most of us who are 'complicated cases' have had experiences that most healthy people wouldn’t be able to fathom. It feels as though I’ve been treated with less respect, since I’ve become a chronic pain patient."
"If you go to a Dr. and:
So, what can you do? Do you feel stuck? This is where myself, as a Fibromyalgia Advisor, can step in and help you. I have been trained to search and connect with others all over the country (and, if needed, the world) to find a doctor that would be best suited for your needs. So, don't settle because you've found the doctor that FINALLY diagnosed you, thinking that you've found THE ONE. Find the doctor that's willing to grow with you, that is willing to think out of the box, that is maybe even willing to say, "You know what? I can't help you with this, but I think I know someone who can."
There IS a doctor out there for you. Would you like me to help you find him or her? Comment below or send me a message and let's get started with a consultation today. I can't wait to help you!
I’m Kate Straus and I’m a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor. I help Jewish women feel confident in their ability to practice their faith while navigating the ups and downs of fibromyalgia. I’m using the disease that at one time knocked me down, to help support others live life to their fullest.