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Rheumatologist Abused Me
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Abusedbyrhemu - November 3

I'm new here and in a lot of pain today. Yesterday I decided to go to a new rheuma since I hadn't seen one in over two years. Over two years ago I was seeing one but he failed to recognize my bone cancer in my femur. The more I told him my leg hurt, the angrier he got. I finally left him and told my family doctor, she did an x-ray. The x-ray showed the bone cancer. I had surgery and now two years later I decided to see a new doctor for my fibro. My family doctor has been treating it all this time. What a mistake seeing this specialist. She grabbed my leg where I had surgery and pushed hard on it. I told her she was hurting me. She said loosen up, do some exercises and lose weight. If you do that you wouldn't have this fibromyalgia. She keep going twisting my legs and took my foot where I have a bump (m d anderson docs are looking at it), she pushed all kinds of ways. She said "Does it hurt now?" I told her to stop it she was hurting me. I got dressed as fast as I could and got out of there. She keep telling me to do aerobics and work up a sweat, lose weight and that would cure fibromyalgia. First off, I have extreme difficulty walking due to the bone cancer in my leg, I did gain a little weight after surgery but I'm not extremely over weight. She was very skinny, I told her I did lose a few pounds here lately. She said well good! I cried most of yesterday. Today I'm going to my family doctor. My foot has extreme pain, my knee is hurting very bad and I feel like I'm dirt.


Fantod - November 3

Unfortunately, there are still plenty of doctors including rheumotologists that do not believe that Fibromyalgia exists. It is recognised by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and the National Arthitis Foundation.

I would report this physician in writing to your healthcare insurance company and also to whatever hospital that she is affiliated with. Make sure that you are very clear as opposed to emotional when you describe how she treated/manhandled you.

If you want to find a fibro-friendly rheumy, go to the National Fibromyalgia Association website. You'll be able to see a list in your area.

I am very sorry that this happened to you. I had a similar experience a couple of years ago. I was very upset and it took me a while to get over it. Take care.


Auvonto - November 3

My goodness Abusedbyrhemu. I am so sorry you had to go through that. that is just so upsetting to me and I'm sure even more to you. I hope and pray that you find the right dr to take care of you. I hope you get better soon. (as any of us really could). ugg that is so sad.


duhda75 - November 3

WOW Abusedbytherheumy. I feel for you. What a horriable experience. I would definitely report the Dr. Nobody should be treated the way you have been. Hopefully you will be able to find a new rheumy who is sympathetic to your needs and you are able to get the treatment you need.

Best of luck to you:0)


Stacey373 - November 4

That's horrible! I can't imagine a doctor treating me like that and even after you kept telling her to stop? I think I would have decked her! (ok, not really...but I would have wanted to! LOL)

years ago, when my husband was in the Army and I was constantly seeing military doctors (of course they thought this was all in my head) I would leave the appointments crying and in more pain than I went in with. From sitting in the uncomfortable chairs for hours waiting to see the doctor to having them do tests and make me walk around and what-not (was having MAJOR lower back problems at the time). But I don't think they were hurting me on purpose!

They just didn't bother to try to HELP me!

I hope you find a new doctor or just stick with the regular family doctor you are seeing. I would definitely report this other doctor like Fantod said....that's just completely uncalled for and someone needs to turn this "doctor" in.

Take Care, Stacey :o)


Abusedbyrhemu - November 10

Hi All,
Thank you for all the kind words. I went to my family doctor and she took good care of me. She saw the opposite in my care. She said I was very tired and needed rest, so she decided flexeril wasn't working. A prescription of valium was the answer, much more rest and a lot less pain. My blood pressure was up so another blood pressure pill, ugh!!! I lost 4 pounds and she said whatever you are doing keep it up. I'm also on Savella and Gabapentin. Gabapentin worked good for my pain in my cancer leg too. So feeling much better and I decided I would just let my family doctor continue treating my fibromyalgia. She is really caring and I'm not the only fibro patient she has. She seems to be really doing her homework on it. As far as that uncaring rheumatologist, she now has some very bad marks on her doctor reports. I don't think I am the only patient either. Sad.


tratra2 - December 8

Hi I'm new here. I have not gotten a proper diagnosis for fibromyalgia thats because i don't see my primary doctor until dec 23. I had to go in to be seen by a urgent care doctor. i was having pains and bouts of confusion. the dr i saw must have thought i was on some type of drug because he ran test to see if i had taken anything. well test came back clean. i don't know but i think a shingle out break i had almost two months ago sparked my fibro symptoms. i was also wondering if anybody has chronic anemia.


jennloth - March 19

I had a doctor abuse me. I had a blood clot in my leg. I went to the ER. He kept twisting my leg asking me if it hurt. I told him that he was hurting me. The pain was so bad I was screaming. He came up with some ridiculous diagnosis (I don't even remember) It just goes to show you that some docs don't know what they are doing. Keep going to your family doc for your Fibromyalgia. I am so sorry that you were mistreated. I understand the physical and mental pain that it causes.



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