Hey...we get so few happy moments I figured I'd throw this out there. AND, I doubt that anyone outside of this world would understand why more doctors would make me happy. LOL
I had been to 1 appointment with a rheumatologist when my insurance changed. I was a little concerned as he came highly recommended and he did seem like a knowledgeable guy. I just had my first appointment with the new guy yesterday and I can't tell you how grateful I am for the change. Sometimes you don't know what's missing if you don't know what you are looking for.
First off, he was on time. For someone with a disease that is so wearing, that is important. The 1st guy had me waiting an hour. The new guy spent a full 45 minutes with me. He went through all of my previous bloodwork (I brought it all) and actually explained what each thing is, and why it may matter later, etc and what the interaction is between some of them.He asked me tons of questions too about symptoms etc and that was in addition to the new patient questionnaire that I had filled out. OH! And he actually checked me out. May sound silly but the other guy never touched me. This guy checked every joint, all the lymph nodes and made sure I knew what to look for.
While he was doing that, he told me a story about a patient who saved her own life by refusing to accept her PCPs assessment that she was fine when she knew something was wrong. Turned out she had a lymphoma....he told me to press and advocate for myself anytime I believe something isn't right. He also talked to me quite a bit about the emotional aspect of all of it. This is a dude that gets it. Wow.
He is sending me to a pulminologist to get a base line since I do have that annoying dry cough. And also to a neurologist since I have parasthesis which has gotten drastically worse since that horrible episode I had last month. He wants to get a clear picture of what is happening so he can determine if its SS related or not. I feel like I am such good hands now. What a relief.