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YYC_ Mommy

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You know you have a good GP when...
« on: January 06, 2010, 02:14:20 PM »
she willing to learn and work with you. I had previously posted that I found out a few weeks ago that I can't see a Rheumy until November 3rd!! I then made an appointment with my GP to go over my ever increasing symptoms and today was the day!! First she could not believe that my appointment is not until November, she said that she would have thought I would have been seen by now. I secretly hope she tries to see if something can be done to get me in sooner:)

I told her my long list of symptoms, the joint pain, gland swelling and pain, ear ringing, electrical shocky things and list goes on. Of course there were some of the original ones, dry eye, dry mouth etc. She listened to me and said that some of it did sound like SJS but that she was not sure about all of it. She asked if it was okay to have me wait a few minutes while she consulted some information in her office. She came back and she said that it all sounds like SJS but I am her first and only patient with SJS. She said that she wanted me to come back for a complete checkup and although she is booking into March for that, she came up to the front desk with me and said that she needed to see me ASAP, she would even come in early if need be. They were able to work me in next Thursday for the complete check up. She said that she wants to check everything and not just assume that is all SJS related. She told me that by next week she will have had some time to research and see about any new treatments or see what she can do to help me.

I could have kissed her! I told her how much I appreciated all that she was doing. It just feels nice to have someone who admits that they don't have all the answers but are willingly to learn and help. Finally something positive for me!!

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Re: You know you have a good GP when...
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010, 03:41:22 PM »
sounds like a keeper!
female 50+, no thyroid - levthyroxin 125mcg; Primary Sjogrens:  Dry mouth; Dry eyes-thera tears, Restasis twice daily;

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Re: You know you have a good GP when...
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010, 03:46:38 PM »
YIPPEE for her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank goodness for YOU!!!

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Re: You know you have a good GP when...
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010, 03:59:57 PM »
Wow, sure sounds like a keeper.  That really should be the norm instead of the exception.  People simply should not go into medicine unless they truly want to help each individual.  We all need to feel like our physician cares about our welfare.

Anna
SJS  Hashimoto's   Mild Raynauds  GERD  Gastroparesis
Restasis, Evoxac, Dexilant,  Domperidone, Zofran and Synthroid. Fish Oil, Vit D and B12  R lipoic acid,  Acetyl L Cartnine, Vitamin B1, and The Perfect Food Green and Fruit supplement

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Female   Age: 62

YYC_ Mommy

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Re: You know you have a good GP when...
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010, 06:13:43 PM »
I agree with all of you! You just want someone to care and if they don't know the answers to have a williness to try and find the answers for you. Many of you had suggested that I go back to my GP with my appointment with the Rheumy so far out. I want to thank all of you as I feel very positive about my appointment today, and at least if I don't get into a Rheumy any faster my GP will take care of me.

Thanks again!

Prairie Gal

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Re: You know you have a good GP when...
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2010, 06:46:12 PM »
That's great news about your GP!   She's obviously a caring person, and very thorough, too, in having you back in for a complete checkup soon.  Many primary drs. don't recognize SjS, which is understandable because it can mimic other problems and not all of us exhibit all of the symptoms. 

The Sjogren's Foundation says it's the second-most-common autoimmune problem; they're working, along with other organizations, to come up with better diagnostic guidelines so women (most Sjoggies are female) won't have to go for an average of 5-7 years before getting an accurate Dx.

Your GP is definitely a keeper, as somebody else already said!

Prairie gal


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Re: You know you have a good GP when...
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2010, 09:43:26 PM »
My GP is in my town and I use him (mostly his PA's) quite a bit.  My rheumy is about an hour and half away so it's easier to see why I see my GP.  I go to great lengths to stay on the good side of both.  I have a good working relationship with each and try not to ruffle feather while working with both.
A good GP, and one who will give you the time of day, and especially learn in the process IS worth their weight in gold.
Lucy

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Re: You know you have a good GP when...
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2010, 05:00:10 PM »
Sooo glad you got a good GP. 
I think mine is great too. My gp knew, gosh durn it, that my bloodwork was off and he was  going to send me to someone to tell me why.  He even indicated to me he was very "disgusted" with the so-called specialists who couldn't tell him why my bloodwork was so off.
He also understands I need a "buy in" on decisions, etc. and just telling me to do something doesn't work.
He also got very mad when he found out my work was making me come in with the flu and 102 temp.

Personally, I like my GP better than all my other doctors!

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Re: You know you have a good GP when...
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2010, 05:41:40 PM »
Hi YYC,

Such good news to hear that your GP is getting you back in so soon to do a complete physical and will also do more research in the meantime on Sjogrens. That is definitely the sign of a GREAT Doctor. I would rather have a doc tell me they are not sure but work with me to find some answers or refer me on to someone that will know than lie and say something ridiculous just to shut me up!

So happy for you...keep us posted on what you find out!

YYC_ Mommy

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Re: You know you have a good GP when...
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2010, 08:22:01 PM »
Hi YYC,

Such good news to hear that your GP is getting you back in so soon to do a complete physical and will also do more research in the meantime on Sjogrens. That is definitely the sign of a GREAT Doctor. I would rather have a doc tell me they are not sure but work with me to find some answers or refer me on to someone that will know than lie and say something ridiculous just to shut me up!

So happy for you...keep us posted on what you find out!
I agree with you completely! I don't think that everyone can possible know everything about everything but especially with all the advances in medicine, I would think that information would be changing all the time for doctors. I would always rather hear, "I don't know but I will try and find out for you", than have someone who does not seem to care about finding an answer.