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Dr. Leila Hashemi
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Primary Care Services (Overview)

Primary care services offer medical care and advice as the patient's primary contact, and help coordinate referrals to specialists.


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Will a walk in clinic with primary care services give anti-depressants?

Will a walk in clinic with primary care services give anti-depressants?

Not likely: Walk in clinics are generally set up to handle acute, "one time" episodes like strep throat, sinus infections, and utis as an example. Ideally, you want to find a good pcp or psychiatrist to spend the time with you to talk through your symptoms, possibly prescribe meds and be available for follow up. Check this app (healthtap) or healthgrades for a list of docs in your area. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Leila Hashemi
131 doctors shared insights

Primary Care Services (Overview)

Primary care services offer medical care and advice as the patient's primary contact, and help coordinate referrals to specialists.


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Should i discuss my regression issues with my primary care dr?

Should i discuss my regression issues with my primary care dr?

Yes, you can: start there, and if he or she isn't comfortable counseling you, they should be able to refer you to a mental health professional that can discuss these issues with you. Some primary doctors are comfortable counseling and others refer nearly everyone to mental health professionals. Good luck and take care. ...Read more

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Giving Palliative Care (Checklist)

Make a list of medicines and times to give them
Once
Keep number for doctors & other caregivers (e.g. Hospice agency) handy
Once
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What happens during a first patient primary care appointment?

What happens during a first patient  primary care appointment?

Great question: Be prepared! know your meds. Generally, the first visit is mostly spent reviewing your health history. Often times offices will have the paperwork mailed to you or posted online to fill out ahead of time. You may have a physical exam and blood work as well on that first visit. More than anything, it's a chance to see if you bond well with doc and staff. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If a primary care specializes in internal medicine what does that mean?

If a primary care specializes in internal medicine what does that mean?

Internist: Internal medicine doctors treat adult patients, from healthy young adults to elderly, chronically ill adults. They don't deliver babies or perform surgery.Internists are also trained in managing patients with complex medical problems, both as patients in the hospital and in the office setting. They may also have certain other areas of expertise in addition to internal medicine. ...Read more

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Improving Personal Care (Checklist)

Brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day
daily
Exercise by walking, swimiming or biking
5x week
Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
once
Do some form of meditation to decrease stress
daily
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I walk so much and my primary care wants me to gain weight and it's hard because I walk so much what should I do?

I walk so much and my primary care wants me to gain weight and it's hard because I walk so much what should I do?

Depends.: What is the purpose of the weight gain? Your weight should not be a strict target and being underweight is not necessarily unhealthy. Good health is the goal. If you feel good at your weight and you are stable then maybe reconsidering the purpose of weight gain is in order. If you need to gain weight, high caloric supplements will do the trick. ...Read more

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I take 20mg of escitalopram my primary care Dr said I could go up to 25mg is that safe I'm taking it for anxiety?

I take 20mg of escitalopram my primary care Dr said I could go up to 25mg is that safe I'm taking it for anxiety?

Dosing: Although this medication is approved for up to 20mg, clinically it is often used in higher doses. One study had participants taking the medicine at 50mg. No safety issues were identified, though 1/4 of the patients couldn't tolerate the medicine at that high a dose. Thus, you are likely fine at 25mg. ...Read more

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How do primary care doctors tests for gluten sensitivities?

How do primary care doctors tests for gluten sensitivities?

Antibodies?: We can order blood tests for certain antibodies associated with gluten enteropathy? But the history has to be suggestive of it. I usually don't order it just to"screen" for it. ...Read more