I've been doing a lot of thinking about true Migraine Specialists lately. Not because I feel I need one at this time, but because we should always reevaluate our situations, keep all of our options open and because of something I'll mention shortly. I also believe in thinking of the next step we'll need to take if something should happen with where we're standing now. How many times have you heard someone say - my doctor is moving out of state or retiring or dropping me? Or that someones Migraines have all of a sudden gotten so much worse? Do you have a plan if one of these scenarios were to happen to you?
I go to a specialist whose practice is about 80 to 90% headache and Migraine patients. I think she's good and by far, better than any of the doctors I've gone to previously. She probably does not have the experience of the world renown Migraine Specialist that you see around, but she continues to have ideas and has never made me feel like she is floundering for her next move or idea for me.
Why am I also revisiting this thought at this time? There was someone on MyMigraineConnection who was contemplating going to my doctor. Although I really like my doctor, in my opinion, it is much too soon to give a full fledged backing of her abilities as we know it can take a long time to get our Migraines under control and truly know the extent of their Migraine capabilities. What I tried to do was offer up my experience with my doctor along with many of the things I really like about her that none of my previous doctors have really given to me. Truly listening to me and even changing the way she normally treats her Migraine patients was one example I had given.
Anyhow, after I posted my experience, Teri Robert had posted a reminder to make sure the post author was looking at all of her options and Teri listed a few true specialists that are not far away. In a different post, the author had mentioned something about the doctor needing to be in her insurance plan. This is something I can totally relate to since I have the same problem. None of the doctors mentioned take my insurance so they would not be an option for me at this time either, but another doctor in Philly is in my insurance plan except that the first visit would have a lot of services which insurance would not cover. I know it would be worth it in the end, but there's a big financial balancing act that has to go on especially with two kids in college now.
After Teri's post, I researched a lot of the Migraine specialist articles. I know I have more questions to ask my current doctor which are on the list for my next visit. I've even gone overboard and color coded the different questions I want to make sure I ask. At the very least, I need to know where she stands if certain situations arise. One of the articles I used in my research was Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special?
Right now, I feel I need to stick with my current doctor. I have a good rapport going with her. As stated above, she hasn't run out of ideas yet and I don't think I've out grown her capacity either. I still get too many Migraines for either of our liking. I do like how every time I come in for a visit, the first thing she asks is to see my new paperwork so she can tell where I am from my last visit. I've never had this enthusiasm before. I don't think I've mentioned before, but she is a Migraineur so she gets it from that respect too.
Keeping my options open, but still liking my current doctor...