3 more days to go....
Posted 24 February 2008 - 07:23 PM
I am very nervous and scared that he will send me away without any answers. My fingers aren't as bad at the moment and I am hoping they will puff up big time by Thursday, just so I know that there is something visable to show him. (crazy hey)
I have a list of symptoms that I'll give him, even the trivial stuff, so he can descide whats relevant and what's not.
A question for you all ! Is having irregular bowel movements a symtom at all ? This has been happenning for the last 4-5mths and when I try to go, often the pain is so accute that I end up vommitting ! Is this something I should put on my list, what do you think ?
Hope to have some answers soon,
Posted 24 February 2008 - 10:08 PM
I remember my first time with the first rheumatologist. And my first time with the second rheumatologist. I was better prepared the second time and he seemed receptive to the complete list of symptoms I gave him (including the irregulary you mentioned). Better more info than not enough. Good luck.
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 02:54 AM
Barbara aka relicmom1
Posted 26 February 2008 - 08:25 AM
Good luck! Arrive as prepared as you can, with a list of ANYTHING that is going on with you. This is important whether you think it's related to sclero or not. The more information you can give, the better he/she will be able to help you.
Looking forward to hearing how it goes.
Posted 26 February 2008 - 09:04 AM
I created a complete medical history/record before seeing my sclero expert for the first time. I was so nervous, sick and stressed from seeing so many doctors who didn't have clue that I was afraid I would forget something. I tried to include the date the symptoms started and any changes. I also try to update my record every few weeks or when I notice a new symptom or change. I broke it down into categories with descriptions for each one like this:
- Body Swelling
- Joint Pain
My record is now a 7-page document, but it has helped me in more ways than one because I now have my own medical file that I control. I realize that this might be over the top and rather anal, but anyone who has been through countless doctors who ignore the symptoms or randomly pick one or two to treat knows how valuable this info can be. This also helps when you have to change doctors or see a specialist. You would be shocked to know how much of the info that you give your doctor sometimes never ends up in the chart.
I hope my example helps a little with your symptoms list. Good luck, and let us know what happens.
Posted 26 February 2008 - 11:58 AM
I agree too, I have seen one rheumatologist and now he's leaving, so I go to see a new one in July....a list will be a great thing for me to have too (I am also in the process of making one for my new visit)...I know with me, things have been subtle and happening for many years so I'm really going to have to try and remember what year what started, etc....good thing I have lots of time to try and figure that out! Good luck.
Posted 26 February 2008 - 12:23 PM
Yes, Karen write down EVERYTHING! Nothing is too petty.
Keep us posted!
Posted 27 February 2008 - 12:27 AM
I appreciate your warmth and sincerity.
Posted 01 March 2008 - 12:16 PM