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    Default Another frustrating rheumy appointment

    So I went to see my rheumy again last week, and it was probably more frustrating than ever. I waited over half an hour while she was having problems with another patient (that will be another thread). I glanced at my watch when I walked into the exam room and again when I walked out - four minutes flat!
    And to think - I pay $30 copay and my insurance pays $190 for those four minutes. I wish that I could make money that fast!
    The only thing that she does that is worthwhile is renew my Plaquenil prescription, which she did. She didn't request any lab work. My great rheumy back in Texas had a form that I had to fill out at each visit, which asked me to mark on a drawing where I was feeling pain and rate the level. I also had to mark any new or worrisome skin rashes, etc. She would use that to quickly evaluate how I was doing and always made an effort to address my top complaints.
    I tried that angle with this rheumy. I quickly listed my top three complaints, but all I got was a blank stare and the prescription. I told her that I'm going to see a specialist to pursue the Spastic Paraplegia angle next month and requested that she send my records, so she just seemed to want to leave it to that doc to address my complaints.
    She gave me enough refills on the Plaq to last a year, which will be after we move back to Texas. I'm considering never going back to her again.
    If the specialist from UCSF thinks that I do have Spastic Paraplegia, I'm wondering if she might want me to see a rheumy that she works with, so that they can collaborate. That's what I'm hoping for!

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    That's frustrating. I wonder why docs who don't seem to care about PEOPLE even go into the field. There are easier ways to make money.

    Sorry you had that experience. I hope you stay relatively healthy until you can find somebody better, or until you're back in TX! (actually, I hope you stay healthy forever, but at LEAST until you can get to a good Rheumy!)

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    Good riddance! When you leave her practice, write a letter to your medical group (assuming you are part of an HMO) and share with them what your experiences were. One complaint may not get her kicked out of an HMO, but several complaints by different patients certainly will!

    BTW, if MTX prescription recommends that you have labs in conjunction with RX therapy, you may want to lodge a complaint with the medical board.

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    I had one like that. Sadly it seems to be the norm! I am so sorry that you are having to go through that! I wish you had your SA doc with you!

    Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

    ~Winston Churchill~

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