Re: Appointment with Rheumy
My first rheumy appt lasted about 90 minutes. We talked - alot. He asked me a ton of questions. Then he did a tender point exam. After the exam, the first thing he told me was I had fibromyalgia. He ordered a Vitamin D test, as many of us are very deficient. (I was, and still take a 50,000 IU by script, and 1000 IU daily.) We talked some more about treatment.
I was relieved to have a diagnosis, and felt it was a thorough exam.
When we moved, I had to seek out a new rheumy. He treated my first appointment with him like it was my first rheumy appt ever, and he too dx'd me with fibro, told me some stories about exercise, gave me a script for a sleeping pill, and handed me a brochure on fibro. (Which I had long ago seen and read and thrown away.) He did not take the time with me that the first doc did. He did not offer any ongoing treatment, nor did he suggest any follow-up for the script he gave me.
I have decided to not go back to him, but will work with my GP, who is a very compassionate doctor, and works with me on managing my symptoms.
I have also decided to begin exploring alternative medicine, and not relying solely on traditional medicine, which doesn't have the answers anyway.
I hope that helps you some! Good luck with your appointment.