Does this chiropractor have an MD or DO after his name? If not, he cannot prescribe traditional medications that folks with autoimmune disorders take. If he is a chiropractor who says he specializes in internal medicine and rheumatology, I would be very cautious as his training will be vastly different than a traditional "physician." Just my two cents worth.
A chiropractor who is also an internist and a rhuemy-thats quite a combo.I would be carefull!
We've all dealt with incompetent rheumys. I hope that your next one turns out to be a good one.
My first one was awful, but my second one was like the dream doc that you described. She told me that sure, my blood indicated low levels of several AI diseases, but when you add them all up I was obviously in pain and needed to be treated.
Unfortunately, we've moved to another state and I'm dealing with another rheumy who wants to deny everything that the good one said. I'm just getting my prescriptions from her and waiting until we move back to Texas and I can see my good rheumy again.
When you find a good one, hang onto him/her.
Lol, I think that we can all sympathize with an episode or two of House! They always throw in an autoimmune disease into every episode just for kicks and giggles. I have a feeling that now after Venus W. has come out with her diagnosis of Sjogren's there will be many people thinking that they have it. That may not be all bad! Their doctors will finally have to take a good hard look at serious AI cases.
If you dont mind me asking Manderson, how does you blood work and symptoms not match up? Do you have any markers to lead you in one direction or the other?
~Tomorrow will be a better day~
I suspect that there are a good number of people out there with Sjogren's and a multitude of other autoimmune disorders who are un-diagnosed. If this helps folks figure out just what all these seemingly unrelated symptoms they suffer from are caused by, then it's definitely a good thing.
I'm a little late to this thread. My GP is a DO so she can do the chiro stuff if I need it. I agree with the others don't trust a chiro/internist/rheumy. that doesn't sound safe. I spent 30 years in limbo, not knowing why. these meds have helped so much.
Patience is a virtue, that we need. Plus Good luck with the Docs we go to.
1. Positive ANA with speckled pattern (2010)
2. Increased CRP (2010)
3.Increased SED Rate (2010)
4. Warm and swollen elbow (2011)
See, each new symptom is added to the list but no symptom should be removed from the list simply because the blood work/symptom has changed. The Doctor will continue to take tests to rule out other possibilities but he/she should never ignore the tests that have already shown up as abnormal. Understanding
about the cumulative affect on symptoms is step 1 in getting a diagnosis
PS This will most likely be the only post I make for now and I hope it makes sense. I have worked on this for about an hour due to the fog but I tried really hard to make understandable.l
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
I know what you're saying T and I totally agree. And I'm not sure that she's disregarding the past results but she did not want me to make a follow up appt either. I think I will go back to my PCP; not sure what she can or will do for me but she seems more concerned than the rheumatologist. I'm in a HMO so I have the same group of people all of the time. There are a few other rheums in the group, but first I will call current rheum's office and leave a message for her. I want to know how to proceed and if they are just going to write me off based on these latest results, then at least let me know so I can start looking outside of the network. I appreciate your input T.