I went to my primary care doc today by request of my pain mgmt doc. I brought with me a list of ALL of my symptoms. Told him "this is my life"... He read through my list. The whole time my right leg was having tremors. He asked "why are you doing that?" I told him it won't stop...it just does it. He then proceeded to tell me that when someone comes in with a list of symptoms like mine it is almost always psychological. Even the tremor in my leg. He basically looked me straight in the face and said I was crazy and making it all up!!! He is running some lab work... But I asked about seeing a rheumatologist and he told me that it wasn't necessary because the treatment for fibro was antidepressants and exercise and I was already on the right Meds. And I can't really exercise because of my spine issues... So what now?
I agree with Gotobef.... Find another doctor and try using a naturopathic doctor... I've been brushed off like that and told that a test I questioned. It is beyond frustrating!! All we want is help!!! We're not looking for thing to be WRONG with us, but RULING OUT other things so that we can get down to the nitty gritty and get a REAL diagnosis and treatment. I hope you find help.... And soon!!!
Hornsholdmyhalo, I think most PCPs act that way. Mine is the same way. I've got 3 different test results saying my thyroid is abnormal, and all the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but he refuses to diagnosis & treat for it, or send me to an endocrinologist.
I have the problem where my PCP is doing everything he can with sending me to specialist and such. My problem is one rheumatologist says it's fibro, restless leg, and arthritis and he says work through the pain you will be fine. Then a second opinion rheumatologist just keeps testing and won't give me a diagnosis. Working with a third and that one has set me up with pt and a podiatrist and are actually trying to fix certain things but hard to get into that one.
It definitely depends on your insurance whether you need a referral or not. Usually if you have a PPO, you can ame your own appts. But I have found out first hand that some specialists will only make an appt with you if you have been referred by another physician even with a PPO. So I would first check with your insurance and then with the dr you want to see.
I have Cigna Health Spring for my insurance and it is a HMO.l ve in a fairly sized East Texas Town but I have to go anywhere from 50- 120 miles to see a specialist. Because the Drs. here doesn't except Health Springs. I think it depends on the Dr because I have called and scheduled appts. and they have payed and other times you ha e to have a referral from your Dr.
Horns- your doctor is uneducated and if he wants to treat you he should not say it is pychological. Let the psychologists do there jobs and he should do his and rule out all physical problems before he makes assumptions. I hope you have better luck.