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Ask friends/family: If someone you knows goes to an internist and recommends that doctor, you could start there. The local medical society, and local hospitals also help connect people to doctors. Hospitals usually steer inquires to doctors on their staff. Hospital privileges are awarded to doctors who have to have proper credentials, which gives some assurance of competency. ...Read more
Need for a PCP: All 63 yr. Old people need a primary care doctor ; an internist or family practitioner will fill that need. If you don't like sitting in a waiting room with children, you may prefer and Internist since they typically don't treat young children. The primary care doctor is the QB of your health care team and therefore serves a valuable function to see that you get proper care. ...Read more
Older too: He just gets older too. I really don't understand the question. Possibly why do older people need internist? Internal medicine is a field in which focus is placed on adult medicine and geriatrics and the chronic disease process which go along with aging. They usually do not see kids, do ob/gyn, deal with orthopedics like fps do, but devote all their time to internal disease diagnosis and treat. ...Read more
Depends...: If you have multiple medical illnesses and you take many medications, I like to have my patients check in before they go so that they have a plan for refills, monitoring labs, etc. If you're going abroad, it's also good to check in to make sure you have the necessary immunizations. If you're young, healthy, not going abroad, and take no meds that need refills.... No need to see doc! ...Read more
Sure: In the us after completing a 3 year residency in internal medicine (im), the internist can go on to complete a fellowship in one of the sub-specialty fields of im. A few complete a combined program and some go on to specialize in a non-internal medicine field (e.g. Anesthesia, surgery, radiology, etc.). Many internists are quadruple board certified (e.g. Int med, pulmonary critical care, sleep). ...Read more
Would like to find an Internist Dr. Near me that can handle all multiple conditions that I have. Suggestions?
A quieter clinic: Try looking for a quieter clinic that is not so busy or rushed. Ask to see a doctor instead of the Physician Assistant, if the clinic uses a P.A. Always buy good insurance (PPO or better; avoid HMO's), so that the doctors have time and resources to see patients and have conversations to check out multiple conditions. Not easy to do, but give it a try. Another alternative is a Concierge Physician. ...Read more
All data online seems to indicate there is little difference between an internist and family practice. Why then are there two separate diciplines?
The patients seen: Many people can understand the role of an internist (internal medicine) as a "pediatrician for adults." Just like pediatricians only see children, internists only see adults for their medical problems and have 3 years of post-med school training only with adults. Family practitioners are trained in adult medicine, pediatrics, OB, even some surgery; less training in adult med but treats whole family ...Read more
Adult medicine: Internal medicine doctors are experts in the general healthcare for adult patients (usually older than 18years old). They can take care of all the most common ailments for adults and refer to specialists if needed. They differ from "general practice" because they focus on adult care, not pediatrics. ...Read more
I strongly rec a gyn: Your internist is very good at internist stuff, but I do not know any internists in my area that are as good as me at gyn exams and problems as that is my specailty and your internist may be a very good doc but it would be very rare that he would be as good as a gyn in your area about doing pelvics and if something abnormal is found your gyn can treat it, your internist would have to refer u. ...Read more
A quick phone call.: Personally, I wouldn't get peeved, but it does help to leave a phone message or a call letting us know who you're seeing and for what. The specialist might ask us for your medical records, recent labs, imaging, meds, etc, and we want to be as helpful as we can. Many offices are "fragmented" and communication between them is poor, so it's good to try to keep everyone in the loop. ...Read more
A family doctor or internist will refer a patient when the patient needs a particular specialty to treat the patient beyond their scope.
This could be a gyn doctor, an orthopedist, or gastroenterologist, etc.
These are area of specialty that deal with diagnosis and treatment of medical problems which need treatment and or diagnosis beyond the scope of your internist or family physician. ...Read more
Whom to ask?: Both fp/gp's & internists have been trained to evaluate & treat many diseases. If the diseases you're worried about are unusual ones, a disease specialist may be your best choice. ...Read more
Is this necessary to ask internist before starting what I think is good diet and exercise routine?
Depends: It depends on if you have any medical problems or not. If you have not seen a doctor in a while it is usually a good idea. Also, it depends on the exercise program and type of diet you intend to start. Fad diets and some of the extreme diets that are around can be harmful. Moderation is usually the key. ...Read more
I need help finding an internist to coordinate cardio, neuro tests&treatment in spokane, wa. How? Help me?
Best way is to search the internet or look at the phone book. Paste the lin into your browser:
www. Wellness. Com/find/internist/wa/spokane. ...Read more
Haven't done plane travel abroad in 8 years. Do I need to have annual exam from internist before I book trip?
An annual check up!: An annual check up is a god idea, whether you are traveling abraod or not. If in this case, you've missed an annual physical, now might be a good time. ...Read more
Does anyone know any excellent internists/diagnostic doctors in or around Utah? I have had tons of medical testing and no answers.
A zoologist has identified a creature I found in our toilet as a schistosoma fluke and I need this to be identified by an internist. Can you help?
Schistosomiasis: Where are you and where have you been? You will not see schistosomes in the USA. Best to take this specimen to an infectious diseases expert who has seen this disease before, or to a pathologist familiar with tropical diseases. Schistosoma hematobium can easily occur in the urinary tract, but the center of Germany is not a likely locale unless you are originally from the middle East or elsewhere ...Read more
55, eat dairy, shun sun. Borderline vitd, internist says take 50kiu daily. Walgreeens says no side effects, but I doubt that. What are risks/benefits?
TOO much D is RISKY:
50, 000 units of vitamin d per day is too much! Most experts recommend 1000--5000u per day (goal d level~50)
hypervitaminosis d causes symptoms: constipation, decreased appetite (anorexia), vomiting, dehydration, fatigue, irritability and muscle weakness. An excess of vitamin d causes abnormally high levels of calcium in the blood. This can severely damage the kidneys and bones over time. ...Read more
I am trying to get help with my polycythemia. The internist I used to go to is no longer in practice and my vascular surgereon who puts my stents in due to blockages doesn't seem to understand. I need to know who can help me. Internist had me give?
The same thing:
The internist is more focused on internal medicine while gp's are more likely to like family practitioners and the one stop shop for everything.
Gp's offer labor and delivery but internists usually donot.
A good gp and an internist offer virtually similar services with major overlap. ...Read more
Either is OK: Any rheumatologist is an expert in managing gout. Many internists feel comfortable managing routine cases of gout because it is so common. However, some internists prefer to refer complicated cases to a rheumatologist. As an initial step your internist can evaluate you and refer you to a rheumatologist if they feel it's appropriate. ...Read more
Stress test: Cardiologists are internal medicine sub specialists with more advanced training and experience in interpreting the exercise test. Some internists may offer exercise testing in the office setting, but you will note that inpatient hospital patients will have stress testing interpreted by cardiologists. ...Read more
My doctor of 25 years is great, but I wonder when he will retire. What is best age for internist?
62 and up: Most internists, who have a very satisfying but strenuous life, will retire in the early sixties. If you have a terrific relationship with your internist, stick with him/her until that happens and then get their advice on who to go to next. ...Read more
Internist wants my ortho surg to give 2nd opinion on mri. Ortho surg won't look at MRI unless I make an appt. To pers see him. Normal?
Yes its normal: I know you probably don't want to go to another dr appointment pay the copay etc, but to give you a full second opinion the ortho doc needs to see you. Its normal for them to do this before they recommend surgery or other treatments as they need to examine you and look at your scans. ...Read more