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Establishing With... Yet A New Internist...hmph!


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#1 debonair susie

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 12:23 PM

Hi Fellow and Fellowette Cyber-Friends,
It's that time again... Susie moving on to a "new" doctor... She seems competent, but is she going to retire next year, is she going to another country, is she going to become a lawyer? I just don't know anymore! Herein lies my prob:
I find a hair dresser who does an awesome job with my hair... changes professions! I have my second child only 32 short years ago :lol: ... and my doctor retires... so I quit having babies. If only our illnesses would go away when the doctors "take off", right :blink: ?!

Pardon me... I just had to vent a bit about this topic... It's just so difficult, due to the fact that most of us here have such extensive health histories... it takes so much to get established... Say, I just thought of something... Robot doctors... what do you think?! Oh well... enough on that.

My dr appointment was today... She scheduled a thyroid ultrasound (tomorrow am) and on Oct 8th, I go in for a stress ECHO. An EKG was done while I was there, dr looked at it and said it looked fine... I see her again on October 23rd.
To be honest, I got very spoiled with my previous internist... she was very patient and we could cover alot of ground per visit. Today, she had time constraints and did the best she could... I'm sure that the next appointment will go more smoothly... I'm working on staying more optomistic :P

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 12:30 PM

Hi Susie,
Atleast this dr ordered tests and just didn't sit and wait. I am sure you know it takes time to set up a good line of communication between you and your dr. Give it some time.....
Please let us know how all of tests turn out!

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 03:28 PM

Susie,
Oh we all feel your frustration I hate breaking in a new doctor, but we's. re getting pretty good at it, aren't we? At least now I know that if I don't get a good feeling by the third visit, I start looking for another one. Same goes for that hairdresser and others that I depend on.

Glad to see that she is ordering tests, so that's a good sign. Sometimes you have to help a new doctor along, so just treat her like you did your other doctor and make sure she tells you what you need to know.

Please let us know how yur next appointment goes.

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 03:41 PM

Hi Susie,

I like the robot doctor. It just listens and responds the way you want it too!!!
I know what you mean, ANOTHER DOCTOR to contend with. I am with a new cardiologist this year and our first meeting was a bust. Hope the next is better. It is sooo overwhelming to try and describe this to someone even doctors. Good luck and be patient as always. Susie54

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 05:32 PM

Oh, Susie,

I feel your pain. I've been in the same boat since the first of the year. And like Janey, if I don't have a good feeling after a couple of visits, it's on to another. (Sometimes I can tell after one visit!)

It definitely is a topic worth a vent. Good luck. Let us know if this one turns out ok; I'm glad some tests were ordered without delay. That is a good sign.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 02 October 2007 - 09:59 PM

I understand how you feel because I've had similar problems this year. Saw one rheumatologist in February & got on with him immediately & felt I could really talk to him & then in May had to go in hospital for an Iloprost infusion & they had problems with the cannular so asked this other rheumatologist to see me because mine was on holiday. So now I'm with this new one because he has interest in Raynaud's etc but I find him hard to talk to & although he's done some tests I feel as if he's not really doing anything for me & just asks my general practitioner to prescribe meds for refux etc. Oh & he's not doing anything about my SOB even though he said echocardigram showed some stiffening.
It is not easy when you have issues with doctors treating you when your in the UK.

Hope things get better for you soon with your doctor situation.

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 02:07 AM

Susie,

I understand completely!! I had a teriffic relationship with Dr. Joseph Shanahan, at Duke and he left to go into private practice in another city in July. He gave me a sense of hope that no doctor has ever given me before, plus he managed my Scleroderma and all its many problems wonderfully. I wanted to follow him to his new practice, but he thought it would be to my benefit if I stayed at Duke since they have expert technicians to test my breathing and heart function, etc...

I met my new doctor at Duke last week. He's the head of the department, so he's very knowledgable. I just don't have the history with him that I had with Dr. Shanahan. I'm guess I'll just have to have patience and let him catch up with me.

I wish you the best of luck finding a new Internist that you have a great rapport with.

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April

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Posted 04 October 2007 - 08:12 AM

Lisa, you are so right... plus, I'm sure she wants a baseline to work from. (It also helps that my rheumatologist's office is a hop and a skip from her office :rolleyes:

Hi Janey... I've done as you have, in that I went to a rheumatologist 7 years ago (when we had moved to another town)... Not too fussy about her, communication gap.... 3rd appoinment was "postponed" by her office... she had a baby and wouldn't be back for 3 months, so I moved on and found an awesome dr! We just have to keep plugging along, huh? :P

Good to hear from you, Susie54, but I'm sorry your first appoinment didn't go well with your new cardiologist... I'll keep my fingers crossed your next meeting will be better.

emmie, I had an internist (3 back) who didn't make me feel very good about where things were going, but I gave it time and she turned out to be so dedicated that I'm glad I did what I did... unfortunately, she had her own practice and had to close it due to exhaustion... I really miss her, but am glad she's doing better now.

Jensue, my problem obviously pales in comparison to yours.. I wish you the very best in getting the short of breath problem under control.

Hi April, good points you made. I'm glad you have the head of the department on your case... that's really great!
In retrospect, a good dr compiles the information, processes and goes from there.

Thank you to all of you! I had the thyroid ultrasound yesterday and only have the stress ECHO left...
The goiter is impinging on my esophagus and windpipe... so we'll see what happens... I'm not awakened at night because of it, but swallowing and the feeling that pills are sticking... is a problem.

HUGZZZZZZZ,
Susie
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