Finding Primary Doctors
This is kind of a vent, but I was wondering if anyone else has experienced problems like this.
Four years ago, my family moved from a major metropolitan area (Northern Virginia) to a rural area in South Central Virginia. Obviously, I have Muscular Dystrophy, along with Acid Reflux, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure and a major family history of early heart disease. I was able to find a Neurologist at a major university hospital shortly after we moved. I have a two-hour drive to see him, but there's nobody in the local city that would be able to take me on. This is fine and I love my neurologist.
My problem is finding a primary care doctor. I had the most horrendous time when we moved here. I had one doctor tell me that she would not even discuss my MD with me PERIOD. I made a second appointment with her, trying to establish a relationship with her. I told her that I had someone to monitor the MD, but if she was going to be my primary doctor, she had to keep the MD in mind when diagnosing and/or treating other conditions. She wouldn't budge and it became obvious she was not the doctor for me. I tried another doctor who basically threw me out of his office, saying his practice was NOT the one for me. I tried another doctor in the best practice in the city and he refused to take me as well. I got really upset and the woman in his office talked to another doctor in the practice who agreed to take me. That was about three years ago and he and I established a great relationship and I've been very pleased with him. In discussing my issues with finding a doctor, he basically told me that these doctors were afraid of something they didn't understand (Muscular Dystrophy) and that's why they acted the way they did. He just shrugged and said he was okay with it, especially since I had a good neurologist. He and my neurologist kept each other informed. Everything was good and I felt settled.
I found out earlier this week that my doctor is relocating (too far to keep seeing him) and because this practice lost another doctor last year, they will NOT be able to keep seeing his patients.
I really don't know what I'm going to do. So many doctors from the city have left and those that are still there are some that I've already tried and they just aren't receptive to treating someone like me. I called pretty much the last practice in the city yesterday to try to get an idea IF any of their doctors might be okay for me. One isn't taking new patients and one of them she told me flat out would NOT be good for me with my pre-existing conditions. She did say that the last one WOULD be pretty good, but until I meet him, I really don't know. And if he and I don't "mesh," that pretty much exhausts the doctors in the closest city.
I don't know what I'm going to do.
There is a much larger city further away (a good hour depending on where in the city you're going), but I hesitate to move my primary care that far away, especially since it's difficult for me to travel by myself.
Has anyone else run into this type of problem and if so, do you have any suggestions on finding a primary care doctor?