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What is the best way to ask my doctor for a referral to a psychologist?

What is the best way to ask my doctor for a referral to a psychologist?

Describe symptoms: Describe your symptoms to your doctor and ask him/her if a referral is appropriate. He/she may recommend medical tests first to rule out a non-psychiatric condition. ...Read more

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How would be the best way to go about approaching your doctor for a referal to see a psychologist?

Ask: If you are embarrassed that is normal. You might want to consider doing it via email if that is an option and it makes you feel more comfortable. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do any psychologist know of a referral to a psychologist in GTA, Ontario, Canada? Greater Toronto area.

Do any psychologist know of a referral to a psychologist in GTA, Ontario, Canada? Greater Toronto area.

Psychologist referra: You have several options for help: Your family doc, your local psychological association, a licensed psychologist in the phone book, a friend who has seen a psychologist, clergy. A personal referral from someone who knows a psychologist is best but others work too. If the first one does not feel like a good fit try another. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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If you are seeing a psychologist and GP who does medication, then how does a referral to a psychiatrist change things, why would this be necessary ?

If you are seeing a psychologist and GP who does medication, then how does a referral to a psychiatrist change things, why would this be necessary  ?

More expertise: Psychiatrists are specialists with years of specialty training including psychopharmacology that a GP does not have. A GP is trained to refer to a specialist for many reasons if the patient requires more expertise, eg. surgery, GI, neurology etc. We specialists often work closely with a GP to give patients the best possible care. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How, and what should I say to my doctor to get a referral to the psychiatrist?

Speak up!: The most important thing is to just say it. You can start by describing your concerns/worries briefly and how/that they are distressing you or causing problems/suffering for you. Speak up whether or not your doc has tried to help you. She/he will be ready to refer you, and will be impressed with your candor. So speak up! ...Read more

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Do you need a doctor referral to see an endocrinologists? I have insurance if that makes a difference.

Do you need a doctor referral to see an endocrinologists? I have insurance if that makes a difference.

It depends on: your insurance plan. Some may require a referral from your primary care doc in order to see a specialist, others may not. Is your problem clearly an endocrinologic one? It may help to begin with your PCP in any case. ...Read more

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I was told i need a referral to see a pain doc? I made an appt with the pain doc before my pcp for neck pain. What should I do? Felt pcp couldn't help

I was told i need a referral to see a pain doc? I made an appt with the pain doc before my pcp for neck pain. What should I do? Felt pcp couldn't help

Neck pain: Cervical radiculopathy refers to an inflammation of a nerve root in the neck. The radiculopathy is usually from a herniated disc or a bone spur compressing the nerve and sometimes the spinal cord. It is prudent to see a neurosurgeon and obtain an MRI of the cervical spine prior to receiving a cortisone shot in the neck from a pain management physician. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor does an endoscopy and do you need a referral to see one?

What kind of doctor does an endoscopy and do you need a referral to see one?

Depends on: Where you are and what your insurance plan requires. Usually upper endoscopy looking at your esophagus, stomach and duodenum is done by a specialist, ie a gastroenterologist. Colonoscopy is done by a specialist, either GI or colon and rectal surgeon and some general surgeons in some areas of the country. If your ins plan requires a referral to a specialist, see your pcp to obtain one beforehand. ...Read more

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Should i stay with a doctor that keeps guessing around with my health without further evaluation or referral to an speciallist though i'm paying?

Confidence important: The strong relationship between a doctor and a patient depends on confidence. A doctor needs good communication skills to listen and explain. Some doctors are smart but communicate what they are doing poorly, which frustrates the patient. The doctor should be able to explain why they want to do a test or why further testing isn't needed. From your question, it sounds like you need a new doctor. ...Read more

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I was afraid it was gout because it hurts so bad. Waiting on referral to doctor to go through. I have to tape toes to walk?

I was afraid it was gout because it hurts so bad. Waiting on referral to doctor to go through. I have to tape toes to walk?

What hurts?: A classic gout attack effects a sgl joint (big toe/ankle/knee with redness, swelling, throbbing or crushing pain. Pts cannot tolerate shoe wear or anything touching toe, sometimes confused with infection. More common in males, post menopausal females, pts who drink alcohol, diabetics, obese pts. Runs in families. From elevated uric acid in blood stream. ...Read more

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When must I call my doctor for referral to derm if I have acne?

When must I call my doctor for referral to derm if I have acne?

ACNE REFERRAL: When your zits are ugly, and when you are getting more of them, have your doctor recommend a dermatologist. Why are you waiting? ...Read more

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I need a referral to a doctor.wjo.coukd treat my adhd, depression, mild OCD and severe tourettes?

I need a referral to a doctor.wjo.coukd treat my adhd, depression, mild OCD and severe tourettes?

Depends on provider: If you have a primary comfortable treating those conditions they can certainly manage them. If they are not comfortable then referral to a neurologist or psychiatrist would work. Medication treatment would likely involve more than one medication as well as other interventions such as therapy. Ask your provider if they can perform genetic testing re medication metabolic pathways to help choosing. ...Read more

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How do I breach the subject of getting a referral to a plastic surgeon with my doctor?

How do I breach the subject of getting a referral to a plastic surgeon with my doctor?

It depends: On why you want the referral. If it is for cosmetic reasons you don't need a referral as this is not covered by insurance. I would be up front as to why you think you need to see a plastic surgeon with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have Chronic pancreatitis due to genetics. I need a referral to a doctor that has experience with this in Austin. ?

I have Chronic pancreatitis due to genetics. I need a referral to a doctor that has experience with this in Austin. ?

Gastroenterologist.: The proper doctor to treat genetically induced pancreatitis is a gastroenterologist. Although most gastroenterologists can treat this, you may want to consider an evaluation at the university of Texas at Austin. Good luck. ...Read more

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Regarding lumps in the neck, what would make a doctor consider a referral to an oncologist? What other symptoms would they look for?

Regarding lumps in the neck, what would make a doctor consider a referral to an oncologist? What other symptoms would they look for?

Neck nodes: Oftentimes lumps in neck can be reactive ie doing their job when you have an infection. Reasons to be concerned are nodes at least the size of a grape in the absence of an infection such as sore throat. It's obviously concerning if there are other areas of large nodes such as arm pit and groin as well as night sweats, fatigue and weight loss. ...Read more

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I am experiencing low back pain. The following also describes me: Back pain. I need a referral to a pain management doctor. What should I do?

I am experiencing  low back pain. The following also describes me: Back pain. I need a referral to a pain management doctor. What should I do?

Many people begin: with their own primary care physician. That doctor will assess and offer treatment options. If the situation can't be handled at that provider's level - one possible referral option would be to a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Can i ring the doctors and ask for a referral to breast clinic? Had docs appointment wednesday and she said to wait two weeks? Hard mass worried

Can i ring the doctors and ask for a referral to breast clinic? Had docs appointment wednesday and she said to wait two weeks? Hard mass worried

Try to relax: The risk of breast cancer in a 20 Y.O. Is low. Never even heard of it much less it presenting as a hard mass. Likely a fibroadenoma, very common. If you overreact you may end up getting over treated. You do not have cancer at 20 in the breast. ...Read more

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My tsh is low 0.007 and the doctor can not figure out why. I have been waiting for a referral to endo. My PCP asked if I wanted him to put me on meds?

My tsh is low 0.007 and the doctor can not figure out why. I have been waiting for a referral to endo. My PCP asked if I wanted him to put me on meds?

Thyroid ultrasound: A TSH is screening test for hypo and hyperthyroidism. A low TSH in your case is indicative of hyperthyroidism, not hypothyroidism. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism in young female is Graves Disease. You should definitely NOT be put on any medication (such as synthroid) and need to follow up with an endocrinologist and get a thyroid ultrasound and appropriate lab/serology tests. ...Read more

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