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Old 10-05-2009, 07:32 AM   #1
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Difference between an internist and a rheumatologist

I am under the care of and Internist. He is the one who diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia. I see that a lot of people here are under the care of a Rheumatologist and I know that they are experts on auto-immune conditions and I wondered what you all thought about the difference.

Would it be worth it for me to go to a Rheumatologist to at least get a second opinion, not about the fibro, I have no doubt that I have that, but about the treatment for it? My daughter is under the care of a Rheumatologist and she says there is a huge difference.

I do not have to get a referral to go to a specialist on my insurance. I am sure there would be a long wait, but do you all think it would be worthwhile for me to go ahead and see one? The one my daughter goes to is great, I met him the last time she was in the hospital.

Thanks for your input!!!

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Re: Difference between an internist and a rheumatologist

HI Pam, I have no idea what the difference is between the 2 of them - but if your daughter is seeing a great Dr then I would get there as fast as you can. Great Drs make SUCH a difference - even if all they do is listen better but you come out feeling that they've dine everythin gthey possibly can for you that makes us all feel some much better - as opposed to wondering if they've missed something!

 
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Re: Difference between an internist and a rheumatologist

I have a friend who has an internist as her primary, and swears by her. I have a rheumy that dx'd me with fibro, but he has pretty much sent me back to my gp for maintenance care of the fibro, in part, because it was a 100 mile drive to get to him.

 
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Re: Difference between an internist and a rheumatologist

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I am under the care of and Internist. He is the one who diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia. I see that a lot of people here are under the care of a Rheumatologist and I know that they are experts on auto-immune conditions and I wondered what you all thought about the difference.

Would it be worth it for me to go to a Rheumatologist to at least get a second opinion, not about the fibro, I have no doubt that I have that, but about the treatment for it? My daughter is under the care of a Rheumatologist and she says there is a huge difference.

I do not have to get a referral to go to a specialist on my insurance. I am sure there would be a long wait, but do you all think it would be worthwhile for me to go ahead and see one? The one my daughter goes to is great, I met him the last time she was in the hospital.

Thanks for your input!!!

Hugs,

Pam
HI Pam, From what i understand a internist treat Adults with more than one condition and uncommon conditions. A Rheumatologist is more into the immune disorders, bones, joints,muscles and such. From what i'm reading in your post, you would definately benefit a visit to a Rheumy. I visit my Rheumy several times throught the year.

Second opinions are good. Wonderful you have the insurance without Referral and your daughter's Rheumy may be the one for you also.

Wish you well
BeHappy2

 
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