Looking for a good Rheumatologist in PR, or the VI
Hi everyone, I'm new here.
I've been living in St. Croix for 5 1/2 years now and have just been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, possibly Lupus, RA or Schlerosis. I'm looking to do further testing and get treatment but need a Rheumatologist, someone who specializes in these types of illnesses. Was hoping to find one in Puerto Rico or St. Thomas so I don't have to travel to the states.
Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Unfortunately, there isn't one on St Thomas. Sorry.
Look at the AMA website and search for rheumatologist with PR as the location. Before I had my knees replaced I did this search and I know there are some in San Juan.
The above link lists Rheumatologists within the US by state and Internationally. Although none are located in the USVI, there are specialists in Puerto Rico. A note: Click on "Members Providing Patient Care" located at the bottom of the listings.
I feel your frustration! If you can get to the Myrah Keating Clinic on St. John you can have a teleconference appointment with a rheumy from the Cleveland Clinic in FL. His name is Dr. Donohoe, and he's ordered blood work, prescribed meds, etc. I've been doing this for the past few months and it's worked out well, call Chris Roddy (sp?) at the clinic to set up 340-693-8900. Good luck!
Thanks so much for your responses. This is truly frustrating. AnnNYpisces, is it ok if I send you a PM? That sounds like a very feasible thing to do. At this point I'm waiting for my last round of prednisone to leave my system, and then getting the rest of the bloodwork done from my general Dr. here, to find out specifics. Once I have those results in hand I was going to try to get to a Rheumy asap, and I've been dying to go to St. John anyways so that could definitely work! Was your bloodwork/results pretty cut and dry? Ie, did they know exactly what they were treating?
Swan, thanks for that as well. I am still thinking PR is a serious option, especially if none of the tests come back with a definitive answer (as autoimmune cases sometimes are more complex.)
Really appreciate it guys!