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    I have been referred to one-anyone had any experiences with them?

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    Lupus is a very difficult disease to deal with on a mental and physical level. Not only can having the disease be hard to come to terms with, the disease itself can affect the amount of hormones the brain puts out which can add to depression, anxiety and personality changes. Because of this many of us have to seek help through Drs and medicine to help control/correct this problem. It is very common. It doesn't mean you are crazy
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    I've been to several myself in the past. This was before I knew I had Lupus so I thought I was just super different than everyone else. Now that I know why I'm different it's much easier to deal with.

    Now I just want a sign to hang on my bedroom door that reads "In Session" for when I'm feeling out of it.

    Good Luck with your treatment!

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    Think of the psychiatrist as an "unbiased observer" of your life. 'Course, you have to be honest with them, and describe all your symptoms & reactions in order for the doc to get an accurate picture. The perspective they can bring forth might do you some good. Hopefully, you can relate to the one you'll be seeing.
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    Not a psychiatrist-which I know is a mind Dr and probably should go to one but a physiatrist-a Dr that specializes in pain management and patient rehabilitation.

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    I have not been to a physiarist but have had a physical therapist who specializes in pain management. I imagine that their methods are quite similar. I, personally, feel that I cannot go an extended period of time without her help. Her regimen includes exercises, medications, manipulations, as well as emotional therapy. It is rather a holistic approach. Are you seeing this doctor or considering it? Were you referred or are you looking into it on your own? Let us know what you think of the techniques and how it is working for you? I am interested to know if you find it helpful.
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    I have been to a few different people over the years. the latest was a clinical Psychiatrist. they are trained more than your normal psychiatrist, and are who you need in Australia, to be assessed for disability. I believe they are only as good, as you let them be. if you are not honest, and prepaired to try some of there suggestions..... then you will be waisting your money. on the other hand, my daughter has been taught life skills by them that have changed her life immeasurably. my personal belief is they are a doctor trained in helping sort out your mind and thought processes. they can be very very beneficial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saysusie View Post
    I have not been to a physiarist but have had a physical therapist who specializes in pain management. I imagine that their methods are quite similar. I, personally, feel that I cannot go an extended period of time without her help. Her regimen includes exercises, medications, manipulations, as well as emotional therapy. It is rather a holistic approach. Are you seeing this doctor or considering it? Were you referred or are you looking into it on your own? Let us know what you think of the techniques and how it is working for you? I am interested to know if you find it helpful.
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    I am seeing her on the 14th- after 1.5 years of this stuff-I want someone to quarterback this team-each specialist and gp have their own ideas-and once they write you a script they don't want to take you off-I also have high bp so I take 17 pills in the am and 6 in the pm along with Nasonex for adult onset allergies-whoever said life begins at 50 obviously never had Lupus lol. I am hoping a combo of everything and someone to oversee it will get me closer to normal. I will report back!

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    I think that many of us, like you, have a pill regimen that would make most people balk (lol). One thing about Lupus, it never likes to be alone. So, it always seems to have some hitch hiking relatives. As such, we find that we are under the care of numerous doctors who don't always consult with one another. So, it is a good idea to have one who will look at what everyone else is doing and who will help you to make decisions about how to manage your health. I wish you the best of luck and please do keep up posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finally_thin View Post
    Not a psychiatrist-which I know is a mind Dr and probably should go to one but a physiatrist-a Dr that specializes in pain management and patient rehabilitation.
    Wow! My eyes!!! the "H" is in the wrong place... I dont' think I've ever heard of a physiatrist... is that "fizz-eee-uh-trist"?... I went to an internist, I think it was, for several consults of that nature. Sorry 'bout messin' up the specialties.
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