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lighthouse33

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Which Doctor Do I Call?
« on: October 08, 2008, 02:45:59 PM »
I am having bloating and pain from just above my bely button to my breasts.  My ribs hurt and also my breast bone.  I am nasaueted all the time especially after I eat.  Burping all the time.  Oh, and my back hurts.

Would like to know who to call in the morning and get to someone who can make the proper diagnosis without bothering too many doctors.  My GP, a gastroenterologist, my rhuemy or my neuro?

This is getting to be ridiculous.  My tremors are back in full force and that makes my stomach upset and gives me terrible reflux.  Will have to wait to see about the tremors later this month. 
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Dolly Dimples

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Re: Which Doctor Do I Call?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2008, 03:27:05 PM »
I'd see the Gastrologist if I were in your shoes, Lighthouse.  I too have the ribs and painful upper back, but not the nausea or reflux  et'c.. If he doesen't already know of your Sjogrens , make sure you tell him. There was a good article on here somewhere , written by an Ian Griffiths  a Gastrologist (of the UK). Maybe someone else can remember it, and point you to it.. Good Luck Dolly.

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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2008, 03:29:02 PM »
Lighthouse,

My advice would be to go to your gp. Get things checked out. Your gp  will probsbly be easier to get into. If it needs further investigation he/she can then probably get you into specialist care quicker than what you can do yourself.

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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2008, 03:36:09 PM »
Forget to say that I already have a gastroenterologist but I didn't know if I called her how quickly I could get in.  Pudmott, you're right, it may be quicker to go through the GP with the referral even though I already have a gastro.  If its something serious they might take me right away. 

It comes and goes but is pretty awful tonight.  Just my luck when I get an appointment it will probably back off and the doc will look at me like there isn't anything wrong with you.  Either way I'm going to have to see somebody, will have to make the decision on "who." 
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2008, 03:38:14 PM »
I'd definately go the gp. if it gets too bad bypass them and go straight to urgent care.

Dont mess around with it.

Good luck and let us know how you get on

Pud

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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2008, 06:32:59 PM »
Call them both and see who offers the soonest appointment.

I sure hope you can get a restful night's sleep.

I'm with Pud about going to the Emergency Department tonight if it gets too bad.
« Last Edit: October 08, 2008, 06:55:18 PM by JannaLee »

lynnmarie219

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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2008, 07:32:15 PM »
I would just get in to one of the docs soon.....like Janna said...see who can get you in the soonest!

Good luck and let us know how it goes when you get in to your appt.

 

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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2008, 09:06:52 PM »
It's obvious, you need another doctor.  You should be seeing a Gastrorhuemonuerologist.  All kidding aside, I have wondered the same thing myself and after spending one and a half hours inside a MRI today, I think I am tired of seeing doctors.

lighthouse33

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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2008, 06:38:30 AM »
I slept okay but this morning my tremors are so bad I can hardly type and my hand was shaking when I was attempting to eat breakfast.  And I want to throw up.

Have an appointment with the neurologist tomorrow morning.  Just have to make it through one more day.  This is insane.  It's like I'm losing my mind. 

I too am sick of doctors.  Pardon the pun!  Hoping that the neuro will order whatever tests are necessary - MRI, CAT SCAN etc so we can get to the bottom of this.  From my research on the Internet it appears that if it isn't the Sjogren's causing Central Nervous System Involvement then its going to be something like MS, Parkinsons or ALS.  It ought to be interesting doing an MRI because they always tell you not to move because he meses up the pictures.  Good luck with me not shaking!

Sometimes doctors can't find any cause.  That too is scary.  I have an eldery friend who is dealing with this.  First it was vertigo then periperal neuropathy, then Parkinsons and lastly Vitamin B12 deficiency.  The last time my mom talked with her husband he indicated that they don't know what is wrong with her.  Maybe I will call and talk with her today and she how she is doing.
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2008, 09:10:50 AM »
Lighthouse,

If it is any consolation, I am going through the same thing you are and that's why I spent a hour and a half in the MRI beast yesterday. I probably wouldn't have even gone to the neurologist if it weren't for the Insurance company nurse nagging me to go.

I am sure they will tell me that they couldn't find anything and tell me it's just SS way of messing with my head, but to be honest with you, waiting for the test results is a killer and I have to wait 2 weeks to take the last one, an EEG.

Some one need to tell the doctors that we live in a world of instant gradification, we don't want to wait weeks to find out what is going on and then to tell you don't drive until we get the test results back, give me a break.

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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2008, 09:12:48 AM »
I meant gratification.  I guess I shouldn't be driving.

Dolly Dimples

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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2008, 03:33:13 PM »
  OMG! Epson, Spending one & half hours in MRI, that must have been terrible for you.. If it's one thing I dread that is it, I can't even bear watching one on TV, it makes my chest really flap and i have to tell better -half to say when it's over.. I do hope after your ordeal that they come up with good news and that your worry is needless , My very best wishes to you and of course to Lighthouse,, Good Luck. Dolly

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Re: Which Doctor Do I Call?
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2008, 09:07:36 PM »
lighthouse, You are so right about trying to figure out what doc to go to. I am on the antibiotic and am having issues that I think need to be addressed concerning this infection.

Immunologist is 90 miles from here and can't get in spur of the moment. I was to ENT on Monday and was scoped but I seriously doubt if this doc would know qyite what to do. He is not my regular ENT. I have a GP but he doesn't do anything except sit in his chair and talk a little. Doesn't check my heart or ears or nothing so bypass him. There is another doc I want to change over to for my family or GP but it isn't fair to dump on him when I am having issues. He needs to see me and know what all is going on.

Soooo, I called the murse at immunology and talked with her and told her I am so boggled that I had no clue who to see and maybe they would have a suggestion. Darn it all, in the old days we had one doc and if he didn't know what was wrong he sent us to another doc. If the second doc didn't know what was wrong we just died and got it over with. :o :o Irish ;D

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« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2008, 11:42:41 PM »
Not sure i like that option either Irish. Cant afford to fly over for your funeral. Too many doctors bills......... ;D

Anyway we'd miss ya too much

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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2008, 04:23:46 AM »
Thank goodness I'm heading to the neuro early this morning.  I will post back if I come home.  Feel so bad I am skipping my Prilosec this morning.  And am almost half hoping that I get admitted to the hospital so that I can get all the tests and I almost just can't bear coming back here still sick as a dog.  I"ll be lucky if I can get some breakfast down so I can take my predinisone.  Really hope I am taken seriously about how I feel and that I'm coherent enough that they don't think I'm a total basket case. 
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