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Virtual Appointment Settings
Need local doc.: It's been said that as many as 33% of primary care visits can be accomplished virtually, but the full check-up doesn't fall into that category. The full check-up requires an exhaustive history, physical examination, health maintenance advice, blood testing, and anything else that may be deemed needed for some one of your gran's age. Can't really do this virtually. ...Read more
I need refills for mental illness, but I no longer have insurance and can't get an appointment until September.
Call doctor: You need to call the already prescribing doctor. Get ahold of the one presently treating you ...Read more
My10 months old daughter Sarah has been coughing for two weeks do I need to make an Dr appointment or buy o.t.c med.
I tan easy and I noticed some patches of skin that didn't tan, why? Do I need to make an appointment to get it checked out?
I have an IUD but I haven't been able to feel the string for about a month. Should I be worried? I have an appointment for next week.
Don't worry: It is not uncommon for IUD strings to curl under cervix or into OS (cervical opening). It is not common, but not impossible for IUD to become completely expelled without patient's knowledge. I would recommend being seen sooner to confirm that your IUD is still in uterus. ...Read more
What is an important area of care patients are often not aware of and medical professionals don't have time to address in the average appointment?
Communication: In this day & age, we don't listen & we don't check to find out if you understand what we tried to convey or if we even understood you in 1st place. Another facet of communication is medication adherence. Did you take meds as directed. Did you tell us about all meds & dietary supplements? Also we can't overemphasize need to communicate your health goals. Maybe you don't want more testing/procedure ...Read more
I have an appointment with a nurse practitioner for a physical. What are some things that they won't be able to answer or do for me that my dr would?
It Depends: Most nps are very good at doing physicals and discussing routine check up questions. They are also usually good at knowing when something requires a higher md level of attention. They also can handle many common aliments just as competently as an md. The differences mostly come in when symptoms are difficult to diagnose or someone has a serious, rare condition. ...Read more
Pap, Pelvic, Breast:
During a routine well-woman exam (gynecology exam), the clinician will typically perform three exams:
1. Pap smear - collect cells from your cervix using a small plastic brush/collection device.
2. Pelvic exam - palpate your cervix, uterus and ovaries to make sure they are not enlarged or tender.
3. Breast exam - palpate your breasts and axilla to make sure their are no masses or discharge. ...Read more
History and physical: The appointment will consist of a detailed history and physical exam. The exam will focus on the abdomen and genitals. In men, inspection of the penis, palpation of the testicles, and a hernia check will occur. If indicated, the prostate is checked by a digital rectal exam. In women, there may be a pelvic exam if indicated. A urine sample may be taken and checked. Urine flow can be analyzed. ...Read more
Look ; talk: At the initial examination most orthodontic specialists will do an initial screening examination, may take a panoramic x-ray, and will discuss initial findings with you. If orthodontic treatment is indicated time for a full orthodontic diagnostic panel of models, additional x-rays, photographs, complete intra-oral and extra-oral examination, and any other necessary tests, will be scheduled. ...Read more
The bright lights: Will bother you until the pupils return to normal. It will not affect or damage the eyes if you don't wear the given dark lenses. ...Read more
Can you tell me how I could stay positive even if things don't go as expected at my psychiatrist appointment?
Communication: Have an open and honest discussion with your psychiatrist. They are trained to listen carefully for disruptions in the theraputic alliance and want to get things back on track. If the impass seems unresolvable there may be room for a 2nd opinion ...Read more
I just found out I'm pregnant, I'm 4 weeks. My first appointment is not for another 2 weeks. What I can and can't eat?
You don't have to limit too much. Make sure to get lots of leafy greens. A vitamin d supplement is also a good idea.
Also limit caffeine intake to one drink per day. You can have fish but watch the type and quantity:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-living/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/pregnancy-and-fish/art-20044185 ...Read more
He has a dental appointment in September but I don't believe it can wait till then, I was wondering what should we do?
More info needed...: What exactly is the issue? If it is an emergency (swelling, pain, infection) then call his dentist to explain the situation. Ask to have the appointment moved up. If not an emergency, the problem can probably wait. Without further info, you'll have to make this decision. ...Read more
My gyn won't refill my b/c without an appointment but I can't get in for 3 weeks. I only have a week of pills left. What can I do?
Use Condoms: Use barrier methods for birth control, diaphragm or condoms. It is not the gyn's fault that you did not get your pap smear and other needed test and examination in a timely manner. There is a lot of liability when it comes to females of pregnancy bearing age and their hormones. ...Read more
I think I have diabetes, but my doctors appointment to get checked isn't for a month. What should I be eating/avoiding in the meantime?
Driving to a late appointment, was so nervous about tardiness that I had brought on an orgasm. How? I tried to fight it but couldn't and let it go.
I really need to see my psychiatrist A.S.A.P, but I can't get an appointment until over a month from now. What shoul I do? I really need to see him.
If it is an actual: Emergency - some doctors have urgent appointment slots for this purpose. Can this be handled over the phone or with one of the psychiatrists' staff? ...Read more
Friends can advise: Regarding primary care dr, i.E family dr, pediatrician, gyn or internist. Your dr best to recommend specialist. U need insurance or medicare card, credit card or cash if there is co-pay or u lack insurance unless dr gives free care to those who can't afford it. Have list of any meds ur taking, allergies, previous medical issues & surgical procedures & any important family medical history. ...Read more
It depends: It will depend on the nature of your problem. In a private practice new patients may be given a slot of 20 to 30 minutes. If you are seen at an academic medical center it may be longer becuase you may be seen by a resident (a doctor who is undergoing specialty training in neurology) and then by the supervising neurologist. ...Read more
To get a mammogram: You will have to answer some questions regarding your health, breast condition, past history of any breast related interventions and family history. Your mammogram will be taken by a technologist and read by a radiologis. A typical screening mammogram includes 2 images of each breast. Sometimes additional images mey be needed. You should expect privacy and respect at your appointment. ...Read more
Mammo: The tech will ask you to stand facing the mammo machine, and place one breast at a time on a flat surface. A flat compression paddle will gently be lowered to compress your breast. Compression spreads out the breast tissue and eliminates motion. The compression may be uncomfortable, but shouldn't hurt. Compression usually lasts no more than a few seconds. 2 views of each breast are obtained. ...Read more
Therapies differ: It depends on the type of psychotherapy. "dynamic" therapists encourage you to say anything that enters your mind (and don't speak much themselves). The therapist listens for patterns and underlying feelings, helping you understand yourself better. "cbt" therapists give "homework" exercises to help you un-learn unhealthy thoughts. Both kinds usually meet with you 45-50 min, once weekly. ...Read more
Consult: A cardiology consultation usually consists of a history and physical exam with the cardiologist. The Doc will review in detail any records and data available on the patient. Generally the Doc will discuss the findings and what the Doctor believes needs to be done for the patient. Additional testing or examinations may be recommended and specific treatments may be recommended. ...Read more
Mammogram? 's: Mammograms can be painful if an attempt is made to compress the breast too much by a technician. If this exam becomes painful, ask for the radiologist physician who can perform the mammogram positioning. Making the breast completely flat is not possible, and many do not realize the discomfort in trying to do so. ...Read more
No.: In general, no. Many times the medicines that are given to prevent allergic reactions like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can make you drowsy and people may feel ill following chemotherapy if the anti-nausea medicines wear off. Obviously, there is no problem driving in, it is the drive home that is bad. ...Read more