Been in a funk since I saw the rheumy. My impression of him is that he didn't listen to what I told or showed him. Brought along the photo of swollen fingers, he barely glanced at it. Told about the time I had dactylitis, he ignored it and said accusitorily "your fingers aren't swollen now." In fact, they still were slightly but his room was so dimly lit that you couldn't SEE the swelling. He told me that they might have fluid in them and just look swollen to me. I told him, no, they were actually swollen. I couldn't get my ring on past my middle joint (and usually it slides around on my finger.)
Additionally, one of my fingers definitely has gooky yellow stuff under it on one edge. Maybe it's just fungus and unrelated, sure, but he never even mentioned it, nor took any scraping to see. Heck, he probably couldn't even see it in the dim light! I also pointed out the pits in my nails and he dismissed them ("they're not psoriatic arthritis pits." Ooookay, so what ARE they?)
I told him my mom has psoriasis, he never checked me to see if I had any, nor did he ask me if I did. I told him about pain in my tendons, and he said, "who told you it was your tendons?" in an accusitory tone. I explained that that's what it FEELS like to me (cripes, I'M not the doctor!). I also told him about the pain in my SI joint, and again, he said "who told you it was your SI joint?" This time I could tell him that it was on my MRI. Duh, take a look at it, Doc.
He did, thankfully, take SED test, CRP test and a test for Lyme disease. Said I might have fibromyalgia which he should KNOW I do not have because I do not have tenderness at the points where you are supposed to have it. I think he was just trying to fob me off. He failed to tell me that I have arthritis in my spine, something 3 other docs have confirmed. Big help, treating me for fibro when at least PART of my problem is arthritis of one sort or another.
I can't help but wonder that since he comes from a culture that does no treat women too well if perhaps he puts that thinking into his medical thinking as well. I really and truly felt dismissed by him and a experienced a lot of coldness. In fact, I liked him so little that I made an appt. with another rheumy in the same practice who rates well with patients. I don't even want Doctor No to read me my results. I feel like I'll get no information from him at all, one way or the other.
Sorry for this big rant but I was so upset by the man. I'll bet that others have experienced similar things. Please feel free to vent here if you have.