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Feb 07, 2015 6:49 PM

Did anyone get a referral to a rheumatologist or did you just go see one on your own. I have only seen a family Dr and apparently does not understand that I am I pain and need pain relief! Do you think a rheumatologist might be able to help more with pain management?

Feb 07, 2015 7:15 PM

I just made an appt on my own to almost every doctor I've seen, except neurologist and endocrinologist.

Feb 07, 2015 7:26 PM

I was referred to a rheumatologist by my PCP cause he wanted me to see specialist cause he was at a loss on where to go with more testing. I have gotten lucky that my PCP understands and listens to me about my pain.

Feb 07, 2015 8:14 PM

Hi blessed. I have done both, been referred and self referred myself. A rheumatologist may be able to help you in finding out why you suffer from pain if not already known by ordering blood work and test. S/he can try prescribing you different things depending what your results. If you want someone to help you with pain meds etc, perhaps a pain specialist would be better or along with a rheumatologist. They are anesthesiologist who specialize in pain relief. For me, that is who has helped me the most in trying different meds to give me the most relief. It may depend on your insurance whether you have to be referred to a specialists or not. I do know some specialists prefer or only take patients that have been referred to them by another physician. I have come across some of them. Best of luck and let us know how it turns out for you.

Feb 08, 2015 12:01 AM

My second foray into pain management has been a huge boon to my life. My doctors there are amazing. They actively listen. They think outside of the box. They don't judge. They are very encouraging. My husband also goes to one, not the same as mine, and he really likes them as well. I highly recommend trying a few. I say a few because you have to find the one you feel most comfortable with, and that of course is subjective.

Feb 08, 2015 12:05 AM

Also, most pain mngt places have more treatments available then just medications. The good ones employ many techniques for managing pain such as TENS units, back injections, etc.

Feb 08, 2015 5:51 AM

Rheumatology will run a lot of blood work and MRI on you and get to the bottom of everything before they give you any medications.

Feb 08, 2015 5:56 AM

Yes you have to find a pain management doctor who will understand what you going through because I had to change my pain doctor because he thought I was lying about what I was going through and always ask for a copy of your medical records

Feb 08, 2015 11:48 AM

You guys are all great! Thanks so much. This gives me an idea of what to do next. This cuts through some of my fibrofog....its hard to do it all alone. Thanks again

Feb 08, 2015 1:46 PM

The first GP told me I had sciatica . I went back and happened to see a doctor whose hobby was specialising in ankylosing spondylitis . He referred me for my first MRI and got to see a reheumatologist after that and had a second MRI . The biggest problem I have is I can't take any medication as it can interfere with my Crohn's disease , so have been given Arcoxia and told only take as a last resort . My next appointment is for physio which is a 1 hour consultation . So I'll see what they say about it all

Feb 08, 2015 3:26 PM

I was referred but had to pay out of pocket because my insurance didn't cover it. My PCP was great and the tests the rheumatologist wanted she ordered so my insurance would cover. As for your doctor people forget that doctor is actually a contract service you are paying for either out of pocket or with insurance or a mixture of both. If they are not meeting your needs "fire" them and get a new doctor. If you hired someone to replace the roof on your house and they started patching it instead you would have no issue firing them. Doctors are no different.

Feb 08, 2015 5:11 PM

Good point shammagren. Guess I never thought of it like that...

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