Do I need to continue seeing a Rheumatologist vs another specialist if my symptoms are getting worse? Do I need to continue seeing a Rheumatologist vs another specialist if my symptoms are getting worse?

For 10 years plus, I have been treated with Naproxen for arthritis in my knees. My pain and stiffness in my knees has increased over the years. Gradually, I have added joint pain in my knuckles, hips, shoulders, ankles and feet. Within the past year, I have developed numbness in my toes that vascillates between extreme cold and pain and tingling. I have been diagnosed with gout, fibroymyalgia and PMR and tried methotrexate (8 months) and prednisone (18 months) with temporary help. My feet and ankles swell and and I have difficulty walking. My joint pain has spread to muscle pain and weakness in my arms and thighs. Am I seeing the correct specialist who is at her wits end for the past 2 years of treating me unsuccessfully?

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Dr. Chela Alarcon says:

It is very hard to give personal advice without the benefit of a full history, physical examination and review of all pertinent data. At this point the most reasonable thing to do is to get a second opinion from a rheumatologist. This person will, hopefully, with all the information provided be able to come up to a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Answered on: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 12:38

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Commenting: Rusty
08/08/2011 - 16:09

This is a good question to ask the doctor you have been seeing. He or she is most familiar with your case and is in the best position to suggest what type of specialist you need to see.

Commenting: Guest
05/30/2012 - 14:37

My Dr would not recomend me to anyone.She was convinced it was in my head.Until another Dr viewed my lab results when I had to see him because the other was out of the office.He immediately referred me to a Specialists.The first Dr was wrong.It was an autoimmune disorder.....

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