I thought I had finally found a good Rheumy who was recommended to me by my friend who works for a Rheumy in MD. The "pill reps" that come in recommended this doctor when questioned by friend for a good Rheumy in Northern Virginia for her friend (me) who has Fibromyalgia. I've been 6 times and now have given up. Every time I wait a min. of 2 hours or more. 4 times *** 20 -35 minutes were because she took the time to talk to a "pill rep" or tens unit rep. (Why not when patients are not in the office.) We sit in pain, while she ask....what do I get out of this. Free samples? 3 mos of the tens unit free trial and than what will you offer as an incentive after that. "Oh you brought me lunch, how nice." Of course now I know why the reps love her. When you go in her office, I come prepared with how I have been doing on the pain scale, meds, etc... documented daily on paper. Easy and straight forward for her. She lays the paper down each time, never looking at it. She stands over me as to say "hurry up" waits for me to diag. myself and suggest the necessary meds for myself and out the door I go. I have honestly come to believe that it has everything to do with doctors who are inpatient, refuses to further his or her education to understand the needs of their patients. Earning the quick buck is what it has turned into, therefore we must be patient, educated and basically diagnoise ourselves. Unfortunately we do not get paid and "pay" one heck of a price to learn a "bit" of information. For two years I have bounced from doctor to doctor. I thought I finally had gotten somewhere with my most recent rheumy. My friend kept saying, she comes highly regarded, don't give up. Let's see, the last time I went she talked to the other doctor forever about her new kitchen (that folks, I can proudly sad is thanks to me. HA) Now I am starting over, doctor number 63. I had pretty much gotten over the depressed state and back there again. Sitting around not wanting to do anything gaining a few extra pounds and feeling sad all of the time. If anyone knows of any good doctors around the Northern VA are, please let me know. I have been to so many, i would love to find one that someone has had even "some luck" with.
Thanks in advance....gentle, sweet hugs everyone!