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When can I go back to work if I was told I have mono yesterday? Tried to go in today but sent home until I see my primary care physician, she's booked
Usually...: You are considered OK to return to work when you are feeling up to it and have been fever free without any fever reducing medication for 24 hours. Your job may be requiring that you get a release note and you will need to see your doctor for that. ...Read more
I think I may have prostatitis. I've had many of the symptoms for 3wks. Should I go see my primary care physician or an urologist?
Either physician: You need to see either your primary care physician or a urologist. Either one, but see them soon; three weeks is too long to wait when you have symtoms. ...Read more
What kind of doctor, other than a primary care physician, should I see for severe & chronic bruising?
Hematologist: Start with your primary care doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
What doctor will see me on here as their patient? I live in gaffney, sc. I need a primary care doctor. Please help im 24 on disibility.
Search by location: One can search on healthtap (or on google, if a search on healthtap is not successful) for internal medicine and family medicine doctors in one's home area. Then, one can call some of the doctors to see if they are accepting new patients (usually depends on how full a doctor's practice is, on the prospective patient's insurance plan, and other issues...). ...Read more
Many specialist: Prefer a referral and refuse to see patients not referred, but others accept self referral. I always want a primary care doctor to follow issues that I am not going to manage, and keep the pcp fully apprised of what and why I do things or recommend things. ...Read more
I tested hbsab reactive. Isn't that normal? Why does my primary care doctor want me to see a GI doctor?
Hep B surface Ab: Hepatitis B surface antibody can be present either due to exposure to the virus in the past or possibly to the vaccine. How to interpret it depends on the results of the rest of the hepatitis B profile and of the liver tests. Your doctor must want a gastroenterologist to interpret those. I would recommend following through with that, if nothing else just for peace of mind. Good luck. ...Read more
Primary care doctor treating me without success with andro gel. Still very low. He says see a urologist? Is that next step or should I see other?
See a Urologist: If your Primary Care Provider has been unsuccessful in increasing your testosterone level it may be time to obtain the help of a specialist. The Urologist has specific training in the male urogenital tract including hormones. The other option would be an Endocrinologist who has a specialty in male hormones. ...Read more
It Depends: Primary care doctors all have areas of special interest. If your doctor interest is in muscle and joint disorders, he/she would be able to help, it not you may want to see an orthopedist. I suggest you call the office and ask to speak with the nurse. Ask her if he routinely treats patients with knee pain. ...Read more
If you went to see if you got osa from your primary care doctor she said to you absolutely you don't have sleep apnea but 2 weeks later you?
R/O OSA: OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night study and CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. ...Read more
What type of doctor should you see for sciatica pain beside your primary care? Should you see a rehab doctor?
Osteopathic: If you see an osteopathic physician that uses manipulation you may be able to have treatment in the office that relieves your pain. Other physicians to consider include pain management specialists, and spine surgeons. The latter two may both perform I ejections which may help. I would first reccomendation conservative treatment with manipulation and physical therapy. ...Read more
I have a positive lupus ban test but a negative ANA test. My primary care doctor said I have sero negative lupus and told me not to see a specialist?
See a rheumatologist: A positive lupus band test on a skin biopsy suggests cutaneous lupus but not necessarily systemic lupus. See a rheumatologist. It is presumptuous for a primary care physician to tell you what he/she did. ...Read more
Why do I need to see my primary doctor before a brow lift? The surgeon I talked with told me he would only do my brow lift after i'd seen my primary care doctor for written clearance. Why? .
This is often a general health review for general anesthesia.
Be healthy and be well,
james m. Ridgway, md. ...Read more
I have a swollen preauricular lymph node. It's hard, doesn't move, and hurts. How long should I let it go before I see a doctor? Primary care or ENT?
That location: Really doesn't have lymph nodes, they are found postauricular or along jaw line, so I would be concerned about cyst or tumor. I would head to primary care if it doesn't clear in 2 -3 weeks. ...Read more
I am experiencing chills. I been having a urinary tract infection over a week now. Last week I went to see my primary care doctor and he proscribed me ciprofloxacn of 500mg, and it did help but it only helps while the effects of the medication last?
Schedule a visit: You can use google to find primary care physicians near your home or work, or at a hospital or community you want to find one in. Call and schedule an appointment. Make sure they know it will be your first appointment. Make sure you sign up for health insurance or go through your insurer to find which physicians are covered. There is help if you have no insurance in community clinics and Medicaid. ...Read more
Call my new office!: I'm a general internist affiliated with texas health resources. I see you're from the dallas area. I am actually in process of moving clinics from near presby dallas to business district of addison in early august 2013. We'd love to have you as a new patient! The number to the addison clinic is 972-980-5050. If not, you can ask family/friends who they go to near you. Take care. ...Read more
It shouldn't: Most are comfortable with the fact that men and women share the same body of knowledge, and the same respect for patients and privacy. This is definitely true for primary care; your choice should for training, competency and 'bedside manner' The sex of the doctor should be irrelevant and in many structured care centers you may have no choice in the matter. ...Read more
Your choice: You don't have it. You have every right to change doctors. Although as a primary care doc, it's always nice to know when and why a patient is leaving, just so we know what can be done better. ...Read more
Family physician is: A type of primary care doc. Could also b a pediatrician, a general internist or an ob. ...Read more
Try HealthTap PRIME: PRIME doctors see and treat you, via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. They can see photos you upload into your FILES. You can send images while in the middle of a live PRIME consultation. PRIME can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and patients just have a monthly subscription fee. Some drugs can be prescribed to U.S. pharmacies but not controlled substances, Viagra/Cialis/Levitra, and others. ...Read more
A little unclear??: Are you maybe asking whether primary care doctors treat people with mental health diagnoses differently from other patients? I'm not sure this is what you mean -- but if so, all patients should receive the same level of care. However, mental health issues do impact overall health and how able people are to participate in their care. Mental health needs consideration in the whole picture. ...Read more
Yes and no: A doctor can prescribe almost any approved medication, but a doctor wants to be sure he himself or another doctor nearby can take care of any follow-up needs or complications that might occur after a patient uses a medication. Also, doctors can choose which conditions they want to take care of, so many primary care doctors refer pregnancy-related issues to the nearby ob-gyn doctors. ...Read more
Minor with dtugs: The primary care has an obligation to tell parents of the addiction and a duty to refer to a board certfied child psychiatrist. The ultimate responsibility for treatment are the parents. Parents need to be prepared that minors will use guilt to prevent treatment. Its not an easy choice for a parent. ...Read more
Great question: The best doc for a woman (or man) is one who is knowledgeable and caring. The pcp visit is often spent reviewing your health history, getting a physical exam, and blood work as well. A pcp can do a pelvic/breast exam and pap smear (like a gyn does). Some women have both a pcp and gyn. More than anything, you want to know that you can bond well with the doc and staff. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can my primary care physician order imaging such as angriogram or venogram, or are they restricted from doing so?
Pop: Any physician can order tests, however it may be beneficial to be first evaluated by a specialist and together decide on an appropriate test based on your symptoms ...Read more
Is it a good idea to have a nurse practicioner be your primary care physician? Are they as knowledgeable as doctors?
That's based on: Preferences. I'm biased when I tell you a primary care doc is most qualified. I love my np (nurse practitioner) and pa (physician assistant) colleagues, but feel that they are often best at helping for acute visits and stable follow ups rather than as a true stand alone pcps. We go through pre-med (bs degree) 4 yrs, med school (4), residency (3). Nps have a combo of school/work experience for 6 y. ...Read more
I need refills on my medications. Do I need to visit my primary care physician or can those be refilled by Healthtap?
Try HealthTap PRIME: PRIME doctors see and treat you via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You can send images or photos during a live PRIME consultation. PRIME can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and patients just have a monthly subscription fee. Fees are the SAME, regardless of whether or not the doctor prescribes a medication or refill. Certain drugs (such as narcotics, Viagra, (sildenafil) etc.) are not prescribed online. ...Read more
Is it common to use a NP or PA for primary care visits instead of the actual physician? It's hard to get appt w/ the dr & wonder if a NP is good?
NP: If your ailments are chronic or simple in nature than a NP (Nurse Practitioner) would be your best bet if you are having difficulty seeing a physician. ...Read more
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