Quick ? about a type of doctor

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  1. disneygirlatheart

    disneygirlatheart DIS Veteran

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    I am being scheduled an appointment for a Rhemutologist sp? I was wondering what to expect? What kind of tests etc? The office is 3 hours from my home so I was kind of wondering if I see the doctor then he orders tests to know if I will need to spend the night there? Thanks!!
     
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  3. daipp

    daipp Proud to be Welsh

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    My wife saw a rheumatologist recently (specialist in the disease marked by inflamation and pain in the joints, muscles, or fibrous tissues) and needed blood tests after the consultation.

    Hope this is of some help?

    David
     
  4. disneygirlatheart

    disneygirlatheart DIS Veteran

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    Thanks. Hope all turned out well.
     
  5. 4shinystars

    4shinystars i am a bear of very little brain.

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    I have rheumatoid arthritis and see my rheumatologist every 3 months. When I get my monthly labwork done, it is at my local hospital lab, but many times the labs can be done at the office. All my labs are usually bloodwork and no fasting is required. I doubt that you'd have to stay overnight. If they suspect that you have RA they will be looking at your rheumatoid factor, blood count, and sed rate.
    Depending on the reason for the referral, the Dr. will ask you many questions about your history and your symptoms. He/she will look at your joints and ask you to move them. In RA the joints are affected on both sides (both wrists, hands etc), with OA (osteoarthritis) it is not usually the case. There are MANY different kinds of arthritis and joint related conditions, such as lupus, fibromyalgia, and more. My dr is wonderful!! I was diagnosed 5 years ago, and am doing great due to the care she gives and the combination of 4-5 rx meds I take. 5 years ago I was 38 and walked like a 90 year old, couldn't tie my 4 year old's shoes, and could barely move for an hour after waking. I couldn't even hold a toothbrush. Now you'd barely see anything wrong and I am living pretty normally.
    I could go on and on, so if you need any info at all, or just want to talk to someone who has RA just PM me.
     
  6. disneygirlatheart

    disneygirlatheart DIS Veteran

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    Thanks, I may do that after seeing the doctor with questions. Glad all has turned out well with you. Great Help! Now I know what to expect.
     

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