May 26, 2009 - 7:42 pm
I just came back from an appointment for a second opinion with a new rheumatologist after the first one ran no tests, took only 10 minutes with me and did only one physical test yet came up with a diagnosis that basically came down to 'stress'. I was reduced to a wheelchair 5 years ago because of debillitating pain in my lower back and knew there was at least arthritis there but he didn't bother with any of it. Obviously this was a shame of a diagnosis, as my GP agreed, so I asked for a second opinion.
Well long story short she spent 2 hours with me, did 4 separate physical tests in her office and then proceeded to list to 10. all the things she could definitely say that I was suffering from including osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and too many other things to mention. I was stunned. She also took almost a half hour to fill out blood test requisitions and a barrage of tests -xrays, bone scans and nerve neuropathy tests as she suspects that the treatments caused nerve neuropathy. TOTAL VALIDATION. I think I was in a state of shock just because she freakin listened to me and to top it off I took with me a 2 page list of symptoms which she gladly read and THANKED me for being so thorough and that IT HELPED. The other 'rheumatologist' told me he had no time to read the list of symptoms. His nurse said the same.
What a freakin difference. Now I know that someone is on track to find out why I feel as I do and understands where I am coming from - at last. Just goes to show you, get another opinion - don't be afraid to ask - your problems might very well be solvable with the interest of a dedicated physician. I'm in a state of shock.
Just wanted to pass this along to all who struggle with half baked opinions and diagnoses, if it doesn't sound right or you feel as if you are being sloughed off - go for another opinion - it's your life. Blessings, Blueroses