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A 36-year-old female asked:

is it possible to find a doctor who is willing and capable of treating lupus, fybromyalgia, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Rheumatologist : A rheumatologist should be able to help with each and all of this entities.
Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: Rheumatologist specialize in treatment of systemic musculoskeletal disorders such as those you have listed. A rheumatologist would therefore be a great first option. Unfortunately it is often difficult to get an appointment with someone in this speciality. Your primary care physician if interested may be well equipped to handle your treatment with consultation with a specialist if needed.

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great response
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Thanks!
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