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Going To Keep The Rheumy Appt.

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I finally confided in my sister what is going on, she convinced me to keep the rheumatologist appt., if just for peace of mind. I have to take all medical records that are related to what I am seeing the rheumatologist for. I have the records from my primary care physician but I'm not sure if I need records from my ob/gyn. I have fibroid tumors and I have searched the sight for "tumors" but haven't really found that much. Also when I had my colonoscopy and upper endoscopy earlier this year I had intestinal inflammation that is usually common with H-pylori but I didn't have any H-pylori bacteria but they had me do a round of meds just in case, do I need the report from that surgeon as well? I hate to keep bugging you all with these stupid questions and I want you to know how very much I truely appreciate all of your help!!



Big Hugs to You All!!!



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Hi Tammy,

These are not stupid questions!!! You should bring everything you have, even the notes from the surgeon. Maybe the rheumatologist will find something different in the notes or tests that have already been done. Be prepared and write down all of your questions. Don't be afraid to ask the either!!!


Please let us know how your appointment goes and what your next step will be.




Lisa Bulman

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I'm so glad that decided to confide in your sister. From her already good advice, it sounds like that family support you need right now. I agree with Lisa to take everything you can. You should also make a list of symptoms that you are experiencing even if you don't think they are related to an autoimmune. You never know. If you can't get the records you need, then write down what you do remember.


Great questions!


Big Hugs,

Janey Willis

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At my first appointment with my current rheumatologist, I took a simple drawing of a person with red circles around all the areas that were giving me trouble. It was meant to be an aid for me to remember what I had to tell him, but he took it in his hand and scribbled everything down. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Warm wishes,



Carrie Maddoux

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