Is Your Doctor Right for You?

Is Your Doctor Right for You?
It took years of suffering, unnecessary tests, and numerous doctors before I received a correct diagnosis. One of the reasons was that I had a group of doctors rather than just one. With a small child to care for, my appointments needed to be scheduled when a babysitter was available, meaning I saw whichever one of the partners in the medical practice was available. They were all good, kind, caring physicians. It’s just that none of them had heard all of my complaints. Rather, they each heard just the one or two that were the most troublesome on the day they saw me. The founder of this practice had been my physician even before my fibro symptoms became life altering and before he hired his partners. Upon realizing that I’d become a frequent visitor to his office, he sat down with me and reviewed all my previous visits with all his partners. That’s when he finally realized what was wrong with me. He called it fibrositis, and he referred me to a rheumatologist for further evaluation. The year was 1976. That rheumatologist and I would stay together until I moved across the country in 2000.  Leaving him was one of the scariest factors in my move. Would I find another physician who believed that fibromyalgia was real? Would I find one who would take my pain seriously? Most importantly, would I find one who would be as responsive? I was leaving a specialist who would either see me or return a call to me by the end of any day that I called him. Could there be another one like that i
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