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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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The mental health patient profile: does it change primary care physicians' practice patterns?

The mental health patient profile: does it change primary care physicians' practice patterns?

A little unclear ??: Are you maybe asking whether primary care doctors treat people with mental health diagnoses differently from other patients? I'm not sure this is what you mean -- but if so, all patients should receive the same level of care. However, mental health issues do impact overall health and how able people are to participate in their care. Mental health needs consideration in the whole picture. ...Read more

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How do primary care providers involve support groups when planning for patient's care?

How do primary care providers involve support groups when planning for patient's care?

Often through social: Workers, online communities or through office personnel. Support groups are everywhere and usually free. United Way in my area forms the connection hub to most, but County hotlines are very helpful. Some cities even have special phone lines for available services. San Diego has 211. Some psychologists form their own support groups out of existing patient pools. Be creative. ...Read more

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How many cardiologists handle internal med or primary care concerns for their patients?

Not many: Not usually. In most instances where you can a cardiologist you can find extremely good primary care physicians. While one stop health shopping sounds convenient it is often not in the patients best interest long term especially if that place is a specialists office. ...Read more

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I have tried to find a local primary care doctor but none are accepting new patients. How do I get a doctor?

I have tried to find a local primary care doctor but none are accepting new patients. How do I get a doctor?

Your local hospital: One way is to check you local hospital emergency room and hospital medical staff office. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What doctor will see me on here as their patient? I live in gaffney, sc. I need a primary care doctor. Please help im 24 on disibility.

What doctor will see me on here as their patient? I live in gaffney, sc.  I need a primary care doctor. Please help im 24 on disibility.

Search by location: One can search on healthtap (or on google, if a search on healthtap is not successful) for internal medicine and family medicine doctors in one's home area. Then, one can call some doctors to see if they are accepting new patients (usually depends on how full a doctor's practice is, on the prospective patient's insurance plan, and other issues...). ...Read more

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Are primary care doctors expected to talk to their patients about too many things?

Are primary care doctors expected to talk to their patients about too many things?

Matter of perspectiv: The function of a primary care physician is to maintain and/or improve patients' quality and quantity of life through the practice of preventative medicine and to manage chronic health issues based on the latest research. And, of course, take care of coughs and colds, too. ...Read more

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Can patients go directly to see a specialist without having a primary care doctor?

Many specialist : Prefer a referral and refuse to see patients not referred, but others accept self referral. I always want a primary care doctor to follow issues that I am not going to manage, and keep the pcp fully apprised of what and why I do things or recommend things. ...Read more

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I have a two part question regarding the osa referral process: Do primary care physicians refer most or all of their patients to a specific sleep lab?

I have a two part question regarding the osa referral process:

Do primary care physicians refer most or all of their patients to a specific sleep lab?

That's how we refer: As with most referral processes, doctors and their staff typically get comfortable with a small handful of specialists that they refer to most often and use them just about all the time. It's the same with testing facilities. ...Read more

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Are most primary care physicians willing to help manage chronic pain meds-schedule III 4 established/responsible patient or is that typically referred?

Are most primary care physicians willing to help manage chronic pain meds-schedule III 4 established/responsible patient or is that typically referred?

Consider evaluation: You might also consider (if you have not already) being evaluated for the cause of your chronic pain. Some forms of chronic pain (such as fibromyalgia) might actually respond better to non-narcotic medications. ...Read more

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What type of doctor would specialize in SRD? Not my primary care. I need a dr who knows more and can do more

What type of doctor would specialize in SRD? Not my primary care. I need a dr who knows more and can do more

I give up..: What's SRD? Specific Reading Disability? Sodium Restricted Diet? Sleep Respiratory Disorder? I have no idea.... ...Read more

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Hi I am seeking help I cannot find primary care with my insurance I have been seen at urgent care she wrote me for the wrong medication I almost died?

Hi I am seeking help I cannot find primary care with my insurance I have been seen at urgent care she wrote me for the wrong medication I almost died?

You need to call: Your insurance company and ask them for the names of primary care providers who are on your plan. If you have internet access you should be able to obtain the same information off of their website. They will help you. ...Read more

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I pulled my back out a few months ago, I went to the emergency room and they did xrays and did notice that I had a sprain. I have no insurance due to a recent promotion and waiting for paperwork to be finalized so I can't get seen by a primary care doct

I pulled my back out a few months ago, I went to the emergency room and they did xrays and did notice that I had a sprain. I have no insurance due to a recent promotion and waiting for paperwork to be finalized so I can't get seen by a primary care doct

Massage & stretching: There are various reasons why our backs go into spasm or have a strain and as a Rehab/Sports Med MD I see this commonly and try to determine the cause. That would be your 1st step. Next Physical therapy, core training or pilates, yoga and/or massage can usually be used safely to improve muscle strength and balance. Keep me posted ...Read more

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Which type of doctor should female choose for their primary care physician?

Which type of doctor should female choose for their primary care physician?

Great question: The best doc for a woman (or man) is one who is knowledgeable and caring. The pcp visit is often spent reviewing your health history, getting a physical exam, and blood work as well. A pcp can do a pelvic/breast exam and pap smear (like a gyn does). Some women have both a pcp and gyn. More than anything, you want to know that you can bond well with the doc and staff. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Would some type of imaging be needed during a primary care visit to check the progress of a kidney stone?

Would some type of imaging be needed during a primary care visit to check the progress of a kidney stone?

It depends: Ultrasound is useful if a sotne is in the kidney. However, if a stone is in the ureter, it will not be ssen on ultrasound. Abdominal x-rays can be heloful for calcium stones, but ct scan is the best test when questions remain. ...Read more

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Need a gynecological exam soon, also want to test allergies & discuss skin problems. Should I find primary care dr, or other type of dr?

Need a gynecological exam soon, also want to test allergies & discuss skin problems. Should I find primary care dr, or other type of dr?

Primary care doctor: To start with, he/she can further refer you to relevant specialist(s) if need be) ...Read more

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What type of doctor should you see for sciatica pain beside your primary care? Should you see a rehab doctor?

What type of doctor should you see for sciatica pain beside your primary care? Should you see a rehab doctor?

Osteopathic: If you see an osteopathic physician that uses manipulation you may be able to have treatment in the office that relieves your pain. Other physicians to consider include pain management specialists, and spine surgeons. The latter two may both perform i ejections which may help. I would first reccomendation conservative treatment with manipulation and physical therapy. ...Read more

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In addition to a Primary Care MD, what type of specialist should I see for very easy bruising and likely capillary fragility? Thank you...

In addition to a Primary Care MD, what type of specialist should I see for very easy bruising and likely capillary fragility?  Thank you...

Hematology: Hi member503,
Regarding your question, hematologists are doctors that specialize in diseases of the blood and blood vessels. I would also note that it is not always necessary to go directly to a hematologist immediately unless you prefer to. The initial work up for the issues you are describing are also within the scope of practice of an internal medicine doctor. Hope that answer was helpful. ...Read more

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Colon cancer '09 & hepatic resection 2 yrs ago. No chemo for 5 yrs. What type doc should I see for 6 mo. Follow ups? Internist? Primary care? Onc?

Colon cancer '09 & hepatic resection 2 yrs ago. No chemo for 5 yrs. What type doc should I see for 6 mo. Follow ups? Internist? Primary care? Onc?

Oncologist /surgeon: You are now 5 years since your colon cancer but only 2 years since your liver resection which I presume was done for at least one metastasis(spread). You still have significant risk of especially liver recurrence and should be followed at least every 3 to 6 months with a CEA blood test at each visit to find a recurrence as early as possible. Any of your docs is fine for follow up. ...Read more

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What types of patients are at risk for pneumocephalus, is this worse when you fly?

What types of patients are at risk for pneumocephalus, is this worse when you fly?

Trauma: Pneumocephalus is air within the cranial cavity and would be seen after a traumatic head injury and skull fracture. Rarely after a neurosurgical procedure. It is not strongly associated with flying. ...Read more

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What type of anesthetic should not be used when a patient is taking niphidipine medication??

What type of anesthetic should not be used when a patient is taking niphidipine medication??

Hi Mike!: Many pharmaceuticals are used in anesthesia & it would take a book to answer this seemingly simple question. Your anesthesiologist knows which ones s'he uses and can avoid those that might interact with calcium channel blockers like nifedipine. So as long as s'he knows that you're taking nifedipine (and which form) and you take the last dose when advised, you'll be okay. ...Read more