What should you do if you’re not happy with your rheumatologist?
Well, there are a few things you can do. First off, I would talk to them. Sometimes it can be hard to find a new doctor, so it might be a good idea to try and resolve your issues with your current doctor. Explain the problems that you’re having and why you’re not happy. Remember that they work for you. It is their job to help you in the best way that they can. But they are human too, and may not realize how they may be making you unhappy. So give them the opportunity to be a better doctor for you and tell them what is bothering you.
If after you speak to them, they are unable or unwilling to change the situation, I would start researching new doctors. You don’t want to fire your current doctor until you’ve found a new one. The internet is a wonderful tool for research, but make sure that you do extensive research. Check support groups and review sites. If you know someone else with the same condition, ask them if they are happy with their doctor. Start a list of doctors that repeatedly come up with positive feedback.
Once you’ve got your list of potential doctors, make some phone calls. Find out if the doctor is taking new patients. Ask how long the wait time is to see the doctor. Does the doctor want to see your medical file prior to your visit? Ask if you can schedule a consultation to meet with the potential doctor before making a commitment to make him/her your new physician.
Now meet with the doctors. Get a feel for who they are and see how you react to them. There is no replacement for intuition. Trust your instincts. If you have a bad feeling about a particular doctor, don’t waste your time or his, just move on to the next one on your list.
Remember, doctors are people and we can’t expect them or us to get along with everyone. But everyone deserves a doctor that they trust and feel comfortable with.