Fibro friendly doctor/rheumatologist?

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Fibro friendly doctor/rheumatologist?

Postby mojolou » Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:40 pm

I'm having trouble getting my GP to accept Fibro as a condition plus he doesn't know where to refer me as in his words 'most rhumatologists don't recognise it either'.
I was wondering if anyone would know of a Fibro friendly rheumatologist in the South West, specifically Cornwall or Devon. I've found the link to Fibro friendly GP's and specialists on this site but unfortinately Bristol is the nearest to me and that's hundreds of miles away.
Does anyone know of a Fibro friendly rheumatologist at hospitals such as Plymouth, Barnstaple, Exeter or Truro? Any of these would not be too far for me to travel.
I would really appreciate any suggestions as I can then go back to my GP and suggest a referal to one.
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Postby LinzWorld » Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:58 pm

Sorry, I don't know of anyone actually in the West Country. Consultants with a real interest in and knowledge of Fibro are few and far between.
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Postby iwh54 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:18 pm

Hello mojolou
Good Rheumatologists are few but I had an appointment with Dr Mckay at Torbay hospital last week.
I found that she knew Fibro and understood what it does to us. She may run clinics in other hospitals in Devon.
If you do get a referal make some notes of how you are managing, what medication you are on.
Good luck. :idea: :) :) :)
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Postby mojolou » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:20 pm

Thanks for that, I will let my doctor know that she is familiar with fibro. I don't know if Torbay will cover our area but as you said she may practice elsewhere, Exeter perhaps.
I have started to keep a diary so that I can remember how I have been feeling each day.
Thank you for your advice, I really appreciate it.
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