Ms. Meniscus,

My rheumatologist just told me he’s retiring. He’s the third one I’ve had in three years and I’m anxious about finding a new one, but I know the doctor who is taking over his practice and I don’t like him. So, in addition to finding a new one, I have to put up with the stress of telling my current doc, who I like, that I don’t want to go with the new guy. Any advice?

Trying to reduce my stress

Dear trying to reduce my stress,

Finding a new doctor can seem like a full-time job, and even more challenging to find the right one for you. Your first step will have to be to speak to your current rheumatologist and explain that you would like a referral to another rheumatologist. You don’t have to get into specifics, but explain that you are not comfortable or that you don’t think that this new rheumatologist is right for you. Your current rheumatologist should not ask very many questions, but might be able to refer you to someone else.

Just be aware, that you may need to travel farther in order to find a good match. In the end, it will be worth the distance — I promise.

— M

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