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Phlebotomy: A phlebotomist is a laboratory technician trained to draw blood. A vascular specialists is a surgeon specially trained to operate on the veins and arteries. Cardiologists can be considered another form of vascular specialist. ...Read more
My brother has an aortic aneurism. A cardiologist told me he should have a heart cath. His vascular specialist has never mentioned this. Opinion?
Why are my mother's lower legs completely purple/dark red, hard and painful? A vascular specialist ruled out deep vein thrombosis.
Venous insufficiency: Although your mom may not have a blood clot in the deep veins, (DVT) she may have venous insufficiency. If she has swelling in the legs, varicose veins, or dark discoloration in the shin area and ankles, she should be check for venous reflux - a condition where the valves in the veins fail and contribute to the above symptoms. A specialized ultrasound looking for reflux will be useful. ...Read more
Absolutely: MD that is best qualified to treat varicose veins & vein diseases is board-certified vascular surgeon. They are only vein specialist that has formal fellowship training in vein surgery.They have undergone 7 yrs of university surgery training. Any other doctor is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties as a certified vein specialist. "Phlebologists" not ABMS certified - abms. Org ...Read more
Hello. I've been sent to several specialists to rule out other possible causes/issues in order to reach a true diagnosis of CRPS. I have seen a cardiologist who said my issues were not vascular in nature. Considering what I'm dealing with, would it behoov
U.S. States prob lipoma 5x2x4cm deep to muscle layer Lt low ribs with vascular signal. Should I get a expert consult from a sarcoma specialist?
Let me try to help: I would start with family Doctor how will guide how to handle it and what specialist to see. ...Read more
Hi I had an old hip injury iv been to surgn and now vascular spealist they dono wats wrong to be diagnosed nxt is pain clinlic. Symptoms swalln whole right side, feet, leg, arm and hand plus chronic pain all the time?
Unilateral Swelling: Studies show that unilateral swelling has a large differential diagnosis which includes lymphedema and obstruction of venous return. The lymphatic and venous drainage of the upper and lower extremities are separate so your MD may entertain a diagnosis of congenital lymphedema. Imaging will be paramount in determining the anatomical cause of any obstruction, and a full H&P including family history ...Read more
Histry, Physical +: The vascular surgeon will take a history and examine you and may run some tests to check on your vasculature. ...Read more
Charity case - vascular specialist needed my eight toes (excluding pinky toe) are all swollen and turning blue. Went to the hospital emergency room twice, first time, gave me keflex and sent me home. Feet were no better. Went back yesterday and asked fo
I assume that you're not old enough to qualify for medicare, or someone would have suggested that. You may be able to qualify for medicaid, which a needs-based state program (as opposed to age-based, like medicare). The medicaid program varies a lot from state to state, so you should probably contact your local social services office to discuss new jersey's coverage options.
It would probably also be useful to contact the nearest medical school. There are three in new jersey and one of them may have faciltites in your area. Medical schools recieve federal funding for their trainees and often have a lower threshhold for accepting patients without insurance.
In the meanwhile, you might start taking a daily aspirin. Since I haven't met you and know nothing about your medical history I can't make a specific recommendation in this regard, but Aspirin may reduce the likelihood of additional clots forming. Also, if you smoke, then please stop now. That's the best single thing you can do to save your feet if this is a blood flow problem. ...Read more
Why do the back specialists that I go to always say things like "your back and neck are really messed up" but can't offer me any options?
May not have many: Its hard to comment without knowing what they are seeing, but there may not be a good option. Generally, back and neck pain is managed with medications such as anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers, physical therapy, injections, or surgery if it is severe enough and a good candidate. ...Read more
Have lost twelve lbs in 18 mths. Without trying. Tons of specialists and tests. All comes back fine. Hoe come I can't gain at least 5 back? Worrued. Ideas?
No way for: Us to tell on the internet. 12 pounds in 18 mos is not a significant weight loss. It only amounts to a loss of less than 80 cal/day, which is less than a can of sugared soft drink. Discuss with your physicians and consider a registered dietitian. ...Read more
It's very hard to get in to see a specialist in a timely manner. Does anyone have suggestions to speed up the process? I've been unwell for 2 years as things gradually get worse. Meds aren't working.
Specialist: It is best to see your PCP who can recommend the most appropriate specialist. Some specialties have a longer wait time than others. Sometimes going to a university based medical center will decrease the waiting time. ...Read more
What can I take or use for folliculitis over the counter? Don't have insurance and can't afford to see a specialist.
Depends: It really depends on the cause of the folliculitis as there are many causes, both infectious and non-infectious (ie irritation from friction, shaving, etc). Or it may not be folliculitis which is why you may need to see a derm. But, it might be worth a try to get some otc benzoyl peroxide wash, which you can find in the acne section and try to wash the areas x 2-3 min daily. May dry out skin. ...Read more
Why I don't look my age I have very small mustache and less beard wich specialist I need to contact. I am 26 but look like 16?
Is it ethical for primary to refuse my request to be sent to another spine specialist? I don't feel comfortable and was told no "he knows his stuff"
An insurance issue: Fortunately, america is a free country, and almost every american is free to see the doctor he or she wants to see, for another opinion, if that second opinion doctor is willing to make an appointment. But, freedom is not "free"... Meaning one has to buy ppo or better insurance (costs a bit more), or put into her savings some money each month for situations like this. This is not an ethics issue. ...Read more
What do I do, when every dr. I've seen can't figure out what's going on with me?? (FYI- I have multiple health problems already...& I do see a couple world-renowned specialists). & now my labs are not making a lot of sense to them. I'm suffering a lot mo
Alternative Medicine: Suffering female has world-class physician specialists stymied; so rational therapies forestalled. Might be time to consult world-class practitioners of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. Mind, brain, nerve, immune & endocrine systems interconnected. Intricate dysfunctional relationships not always measurable. Modified behaviors, attitudes, exercise & nutrition can rebalance complex functions. ...Read more
Start w/family doc: Go see your family doc first. Poor balance may be due to simple inner ear infection. Benign positional vertigo can be easily diagnosed & treated by your family doc who's familiar w/dix hallpike and epley maneuvers. Your family doc can also check to be sure poor balance isn't a manifestation of some other condition, eg heart rhythm condition, sugar control, blood pressure, stroke, medication, etc. ...Read more
Toxicologists: Physicians with specialty training in dealing with poisonings are toxicologists. However many physicians, internists, ER docs, pediatricians, family practice, are quite comfortable dealing with many of these issues also. ...Read more
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Your doctor usually refer you to pain specialist for more advanced treatment. Pain management doctor utilizes different approaches for pain. It might include accupunture, physical therapy, medication, injections. ...
Interventional pain management doctor has additional training in interventions such as nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, spinal cord stimulation. .... ...Read more
Depends: For low energy injuries (strains, minor falls), your primary care doctor is a great place to start for advice. For major trauma, a person specializing in spine (neurological or orthopaedic spine surgeon) is a better choice. If a person has weakness, pain in the arms or legs, change in feeling in the arms, legs, or trunk should see an orthopedic or neurological spine surgeon. ...Read more