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Many sites: Just google the name. Keep in mind getting anonymous advice about a doctor is not the best way to find one. Start by asking other doctors you already trust. When looking for a surgical specialist, or nurses are the single best resource. They see it all while patients sleep! you'll see a picture emerge as you ask more people and the same names come up. ...Read more
None available: ? which test available to rule out fibromyalgia (FM). No test exists to rule out FM. Absent chronic widespread pain & restless non-restorative sleep there is a low likelihood of fibromyalgia. FM diagnosis "ruled in" if clinically provable (with test) disorders have been ruled out. FM is "umbrella label" for several disorders, each defined by a unique & distinct set of identifiable causal factors. ...Read more
See ophthalmologist: The best check is with a fully trained ophthalmologist. Vision is the basic function and is checked for the best including eyeglass needs. Then with magnifying instruments the health and anatomy of visible structures is examined . The internal pressure of the eye is registered and any abnormality assessed and corrected. ...Read more
Examine the lump: The doctor would ask you some questions, check the lump itself with fingers to see if it is soft or hard, tender or not, and also whether there are other lumps or swollen glands in the groin. Then s/he would probably refer you for an ultrasound exam, which is not at all painful and is very quick. Most testicular lumps turn out not to be dangerous, but please don't put this off. Some are cancer. ...Read more
HIV testing: HIV testing is typically not routine though may be performed. You would likely either request this to be done due to risk factors for contracting the virus or it may be done if there is a concern for certain types of pneumonia that can happen in people with HIV/AIDS (Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia, fungal pneumonia, etc.). Some states/hospitals require consent forms before testing is done. ...Read more
Should you see an alternative healthcare practitioner if your doctor isnt listening to you about your health?
Yes: If any balance problems last more than a week or so, or if they are severe, get it checked out. Other concerning things might be associated hearing loss, ringing, and pain or drainage from the ears. You can look up some balance exercises online to help with the balance in the meantime. Your local ENT will evaluate you and likely test the hearing as well. Best wishes! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you need to go to your regular family doctor if the specialist charges the same for your condition?
Infertile husband: Absolutely! Please go to the doctor with your husband and all details will be evaluated and discussed with your husband and you. If you can, please let me know what developed. ...Read more
Complicated question: Malpractice actions can often be found by checking with your state medical board. For elective cosmetic surgery, your comfort with your surgeon is more important than "stats, " as it is impossible to apply statistics to an individual patient. Do your homework, see a number of different board certified surgeons, and be completely comfortable with all your questions answered before proceeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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