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Old 06-17-2008, 01:14 PM   #1
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Immunologist??

Has anyone been to an Immunologist? I have CFS and was wondering what do they do? I don't know anything about them. Also can anyone just go or do you have to go through your doctor?

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Old 06-18-2008, 09:50 AM   #2
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Re: Immunologist??

Hi Postie,
An immunologist specializes in allergies, asthma, etc. I saw one a year or so ago - refered by my gp - and he confirmed that I have a series of food and chemical intolerances, skin rashes, adverse drug reactions, etc. All he could advise me was to stay away from these things.
But it was the rheumatologist who diagnosed the CFS. Even though CFS is an immune sysem disorder, it is so close in symptoms to fibro, lupus, etc, that it is the rheumie who concludes CFS after he rules out the others.

 
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:07 AM   #3
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Re: Immunologist??

You had better luck than me. My rheumy said he doesn't deal with CFS and he doesn't know much about it so I know an Immunologist--when I read about them deal with skin rashes, and he could probably tell me what my rash is and it also says they deal with lupus. So that's why I was wondering. I have been to two rheumy's and neither one know anything about CFS so that's not going to work for me.

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Old 06-22-2008, 12:17 PM   #4
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Re: Immunologist??

It can't hurt. If u can afford it, go to as many doctors as u can. Maybe one of them will find an answer for u.

Rheumatologists - most are a joke. Mine is supposedly "nationally renowned" but he is a jerk! He told me I had fibromyalgia and CFS, but he doesn't treat such severe cases! What good is he?

I have been seeing a CFS specialist for a few years. I don't know how much better he is doing with my case. Of course he doesn't even blink when writing the prescriptions I need. I know some of you have a horrible time getting pain meds!

I have considered an Infectious disease specialist. I think I am going to talk to my gp about it. I, also, have been considering allergy testing. I am getting to the point where ANYTHING might help.

 
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