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Should I see a specialist for chills, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for chills, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Ankle swelling: Any good family doctor should be able to handle the diagnosis and management of chills just fine. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for leukemia, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for leukemia, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Specialist: You need to see a hematologist or oncologist who regularly treats leukemia. This is not a diagnosis your primary care doctor will treat. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for parotitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for parotitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Depends.: If it reallyis parotitis, one needs to hydrate agresdively, use a warm compress to the area, take sour things 3-4 times a day, massage the gland repeatedly and finally take antibiotics. If your primary md can direct you to do the above and rx antibiotics, then great. If not, one should see an otolarynhologist (ent). Read more

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Should I see a specialist for bronchitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for bronchitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Depends...: Acute bronchitis can be diagnosed and treated by your family doctor. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, sometimes requires the help of a lung doctor to both diagnose and treat the disorder, although treatment can be monitored by your family doctor. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for dehydration, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for dehydration, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Regular Doctor: Your regular doctor should be able to guide you through a re-hydration strategy, starting with exploring, and treating, why you are dehydrated in the first place. Half strength "gatorade" or ginger ale (diluted with water), in frequent small amounts is a good start. Note that there are good prescription meds for nausea/vomiting. Aim for feeling better, & making light yellow urine every few hours. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for tenosynovitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for tenosynovitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Tenosynovitis: Start with your primary care doctor -- we can often make helpful recommendations. If your symptoms are moderate-severe, we may refer you to a specialist. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for diverticulitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for diverticulitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Both are fine: Most physicians can treat diverticulitis, but the most important thing is to make sure that the diagnosis is correct. If you have an episode of diverticulitis, it is often recommended to have a colonoscopy at some point afterwards though, and this should be done by a gastroenterologist. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for spondylolisthesis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for spondylolisthesis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Spondylolisthesis: I would see your regular doctor first to see if he can help and let this doctor decide if you need a specialist. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for wegener's granulomatosis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for wegener's granulomatosis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Uncommon problems: ...Like wegener's require someone with experience to manage all the myriad manifestations and potential problems (how's that for alliteration) that can come with the disease or its treatment. Its possible but unlikely that your regular doctor has such experience, if I had wegener's I would be looking to at least have my doctor consult with someone who sees this problem frequently. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for flatfoot, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for flatfoot, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Specialist: A family physician may recognize a flat foot problem, but it would be unusual for them to have training in appropriate treatments. There are just too many areas in medicine for one doctor to be an expert on everything. Podiatrists treat feet and ankles exclusively and are your best bet for treatment alternatives. Orthotics generally help. Occasionally surgery is needed. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for bloating, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Regular physician: Seeing your primary care provider can help narrow down the cause and direct you to the proper specialist if it is needed - your primary care doctor is your first and best starting point for most problems. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for tendonitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for tendonitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Pcp: A pcp who knows you is the most important member of any treat team they are your guide through the complex maze of american medicine. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for chronic pain, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for chronic pain, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Many options: Chronic pain is pain that has lasted for at least six months. There are many treatment options for pain, not just medication. The best treatment depends on finding the cause of the pain. Your primary doctor may be a good place to start. Once the pain has persisted to the chronic state, you will want to have an expert opinion to prevent permanent impairment and disability. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for schizophrenia, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for schizophrenia, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

See a psychiatrist: If you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, your primary care physician is not specialized for this disease. Please see a psychiatrist regularly. Only a psychiatrist can effectively treat and prescribe medication for schizophrenia. Wishing you'all the best. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for wilson disease, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

It's your choice: Managing Wilson's is usually very easy and if your personal physician feels comfortable with it and knows what to watch for, and you're good with it, stay with him/her. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for loss of balance, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for loss of balance, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Start with your PCP: If you've not seen a primary care doctor, this is a good place to start. Loss of balance can be due to medications, infections of the inner ear, central nervous system disorders, vascular problems, or even cardiac conditions, so it would be good to start with your regular doctor. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for anorectal abscess, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for anorectal abscess, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Colorectal surgeon: These can be quite tricky, can be deep, extend, and be extensive. See a colorectal surgeon-may need surgical drainage, as well as antibiotics. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for motor neuron disease, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Should I see a specialist for motor neuron disease, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Neurologist: See a neurologist for this but your primary care physician should always be kept in the loop. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for de Quervain's tenosynovitis, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Ask your regular doc: Call and ask the nurse or receptionist if this is something your doctor treats or if he/she can refer you to someone. This is sometimes easily treated in the primary care office and they should be able to point you in the right direction. Read more

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