What Will Happen When I Go & See The Rheumy???

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What Will Happen When I Go & See The Rheumy???

Postby FluppyPuffy » Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:34 pm

This something that is often asked when someone is referred to a Rheumatologist. There is lots of info about people's experiences when being dx'd across the boards, but with things seeming to vary from area~to~area, and even rheumy~to~rheumy, it's not easy to say exactly what will happen, when it will take place, or in what order things will be done.

To try and help with preparing for your appt, this very, very general guide will hopefully give an idea of what might happen when you do get to see the specialist.

Whilst some info will have been sent with your referral, you will more than likely be asked about your medical history, and if anyone in your family suffers with certain conditions and/or similar symptoms and problems that you have. You will also probably be aksed about the symptoms and problems you have and how they affect you in your day~to~day activities.

You may then be examined physically, which could include the tender point test. This is where particular areas around your body are touched by the rheumy, and if they feel painful, it can be used as an indicator to FM. This picture gives you an idea of the points that may be tested.
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Depending on the info they have, and what is said during your appt, you could be given a definite dx there and then, or the rheumy may feel it is necessary to send you for additional tests, scans etc, then give you a dx at a follow~up appt. They may also make suggestions about meds, treatments and/or other therapies that might be helpful to you.

After your appt(s), your GP will be advised of what has been determined and said, then usually you will be discharged back into their care unless the rheumy wants/needs to see you for any further follow~ups.

As stated, this is just a very, very general idea of what could happen so shouldn't be taken as what will definitely happen when you finally get to see someone.

In the run~up to your appt, to help with giving as clear a picture of how things are, you might want to consider making some notes about your symptoms, problems etc, maybe even keep a diary for a while. As well as helping explain how things are for you, it can also be used as a reminder for things you want to be sure you tell the rheumy about. You could also write down any questions that you want/need answering, as it's not unusual to forget something you wanted to ask, only to remember it on the way home or something :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: You may also want to consider having someone go with you to the appt, not only for moral support, but an extra pair of ears and eyes can help with remembering what was said, as well as adding in extra info that you may have forgotten or not considered quite relevant.

Hope this will be of help to those of you who are on this stage of your Fibro Journey. For lots more info about things, have a look round the rest of the boards, you never know what little gems you could come across that prove helpful to you :cow-wave: :cow-wave: :cow-wave: :cow-wave: :cow-wave: :cow-wave: :cow-wave: :cow-wave:
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