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Can I ask for another physician besides a woman to do my prostate exam?

Can I ask for another physician besides a woman to do my prostate exam?

Depends: First, you should have no reservations about a female doing your exam. If you are just too timid or bashful for a female to do your exam, see how she feels about it. A frank and open discussion should be had. If a male professional is available, perhaps this is not an issue to ask for. Otherwise, you need to plan ahead to find a place where only males provide this care. Ask and be open. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more


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Anyway for the doctor to tell from exam and age or do I need a special test for osteoporosis?

Anyway for the doctor to tell from exam and age or do I need a special test for osteoporosis?

DEXA: The best test for osteoporosis is a dexa or bone density scan. It is a simple and non painful test. It should be done similar to the timing of mammograms so early bone loss can be found and potentially treated before osteoporosis even occurs. ...Read more

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I am a 38 year old male going to a urologist for the first time for a non STI epididymitis exam. Can you tell me what will the first exam be like and ?

I am a 38 year old male going to a urologist for the first time for a non STI epididymitis exam. Can you tell me what will the first exam be like and ?

Male genital exam: The doctor will examine your genitals, including gently feeling the testicles. Maybe a digital (finger) rectal examination of your prostate. Collection of urine for testing. Maybe an ultrasound exam of the testicles. Altogether pretty much painless, except massaging the prostate is uncomfortable, but not all that bothersome for most men. ...Read more

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Who would be the best doctor to see for a supposed gluten sensitivity? I'd like to know for my wife. Thank you.

Who would be the best doctor to see for a supposed gluten sensitivity? I'd like to know for my wife. Thank you.

Integrative Medicine: I agree with my colleague about gluten allergy vs sensitivity. But the latter can be tested for via the process of an elimination diet, with gradual re-introduction of potentially offending foods. And symptoms that arise (abdominal cramping, diarrhea, nausea, joint swelling, lethargy, foggy thinking, etc) could be related -- even days after eating the food. An integrative medicine doc can help. ...Read more

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I am having elective surgery and need a physical and EKG. Can one of your Dr give me a referral for Quest Medical so I can avoid an office visit to a doctor. Can you also read the test results and send them to my surgeon. ?

I am having elective surgery and need a physical and EKG.  Can one of your Dr give me a referral for Quest Medical so I can avoid an office visit to a doctor.  Can you also read the test results and send them to my surgeon.  ?

Protocol: If the hospital protocol for your upcoming surgical procedure and anesthesia calls for a preoperative physical examination by a physician, you will not be able to avoid that part of the preoperative procedure unless the operating surgeon is able and allowed to do the required preop physical examination. Your surgeon can order the preop blood tests and EKG. ...Read more

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I am going to a routine physical shortly and wondering if i can request a blood test to check for any cancers, specifically testicular?

I am going to a routine physical shortly and wondering if i can request a blood test to check for any cancers, specifically testicular?

No good blood tests : There are very few blood tests for detecting cancer. So drs have to examine you with their hands and oftenuse x-ray tests to see inside the body. Blood tests are the last thing we would sometimes use, in order to confirm a diagnosis but for most cancers there is no such test. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor refuse to do a sono for me to find out if I am having a boy or a girl?

Why would a doctor refuse to do a sono for me to find out if I am having a boy or a girl?

Covered procedure ?: A lot of what you might want during pregnancy is not considered "medically necessary" by your insurance company. Since they own you and control what gets paid, your doc has to decide if they want to do something for free, or order a test the hospital won't get paid for, to satisfy your curiosity.It has been decades since you or your doctor have a free hand to decide what they do ...Read more

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Help please! when my doctor checks me for a pap will she be able to see if I have an std?

Help please! when my doctor checks me for a pap will she be able to see if I have an std?

Maybe,maybe not: If you make them aware that could be an issue they can take the type of samples needed for testing. If you just go in for a pap, some clinics do this anyway, but some might not. You can carry many of the sti's without signs on exam. ...Read more

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For what reason would a general doctor turn down an application to be a new patient? I just got health insurance, and now can't get in to see anyone.

For what reason would a general doctor turn down an application to be a new patient? I just got health insurance, and now can't get in to see anyone.

Several: He could already be full of patients and no longer taking new patients. It could be an issue with your insurance provider. The doctor may not accept patients from that insurance carrier. Obamacare is another issue where many physicians may not take those types of patients. ...Read more

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My primary doctor is not a urologist. Will he be the one to do my prostate exam?

My primary doctor is not a urologist. Will he be the one to do my prostate exam?

Prostate exam: Your primary doc can do one or he/she can refer you to a urologist, especially if you have other symptoms. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Why might my urologist not want to see me as a patient unless I get a cystoscopy?

Why might my urologist not want to see me as a patient unless I get a cystoscopy?

Dr should explain ?: You must have seen the dr if s/he is your urologist. Dr is correct if you have blood in urine, mass in bladder seen on ultrasound or as part of work-up for urinary symptoms. However any good dr. Should be prepared to explain reason for any procedue including cystoscopy. ...Read more

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Cud a doc be so kind as to review my profile and tell me if I should consider possibly going for a stress test or other heart tests?

Cud a doc be so kind as to review my profile and tell me if I should consider possibly going for a stress test or other heart tests?

Anxiety: The answer is absolutely not. Thousands of individuals who are otherwise very young and very healthy end up in the er and in cardiologist's offices for anxiety. Millions of dollars are spent proving to them that they have no heart condition. You have anxiety. You do not have heart disease. ...Read more

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Currently don't have health insurance. I need to be tested for a UTI but the only doctor I can go to would charge me 150 for one visit. Advice?

Currently don't have health insurance. I need to be tested for a UTI but the only doctor I can go to would charge me 150 for one visit. Advice?

STD Clinic: You are a male and sixteen. This is not likely to be a UTI. It is much more likely to be an STD. Please go to the local STD clinic. There is often little to no charge for these public health urgent visits and the testing comes with the visit. ...Read more

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So need help with a medical question, I know I need to see a doctor but I just haven't the money. Can I order antibiotic online for uti? Which?

So need help with a medical question, I know I need to see a doctor but I just haven't the money. Can I order antibiotic online for uti? Which?

Urgrent care?: Do you have an urgent care center near you? Antibiotics are selected carefully based on your allergies, medications you are on and severity of your disease. Common antibiotics used for UTI include septra (bactrim), macrobid, cipro (ciprofloxacin). Theres plenty more. But use at your own risk if you are going to acquire yourself. ...Read more

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I have an appointment with a nurse practitioner for a physical. What are some things that they won't be able to answer or do for me that my dr would?

I have an appointment with a nurse practitioner for a physical. What are some things that they won't be able to answer or do for me that my dr would?

It Depends: Most nps are very good at doing physicals and discussing routine check up questions. They are also usually good at knowing when something requires a higher md level of attention. They also can handle many common aliments just as competently as an md. The differences mostly come in when symptoms are difficult to diagnose or someone has a serious, rare condition. ...Read more

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For an obstetrician for ur fist time delivering would a male or female be more sympathetic? I want a need a new ob and want them to care about me.

For an obstetrician for ur fist time delivering would a male or female be more sympathetic? I want a need a new ob and want them to care about me.

Family docs deliver: At the risk of upsetting my OB colleagues, i would suggest you skip over gender issue regarding your doctor. There are just as many male & female physicians who have excellent bedside manners as those who don't. But would you consider expanding your options to include family physicians who deliver babies (it's part of our training). Granted not every doc does but those who do really care about pts. ...Read more

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I want to start using anti-baby pills, should i do a hormonal blood test first? Can i discuss this with my family doc or i need to see a gynecologist?

I want to start using anti-baby pills, should i do a hormonal blood test first? Can i discuss this with my family doc or i need to see a gynecologist?

No need for tests: If you are having regular menses, you can start birth control pills the day that you start your menses. You should take them daily and about the same time every day. You can discuss contraception with your family doc. ...Read more

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Prostate Exam (Definition)

A digital rectal exam where a doctor will insert a finger into the patient's rectum in order to feel the size, shape and properties of the patient's prostate. Helps evaluate for ...Read more