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I have a pain in my lower right ab. I had my appendix removed 14 yrs ago. What type of doc should I see? Urologist? Gastroenterologist?

I have a pain in my lower right ab. I had my appendix removed 14 yrs ago. What type of doc should I see? Urologist? Gastroenterologist?

Start w/ primary MD: See your primary doctor first. Some types of abdominal pain can be diagnosed and treated by them, and if not, they will be able to direct you to the appropriate specialist, depending on their findings. It can save you a lot of time and money avoiding an unnecessary specialist visit by seeing your primary doctor first. Good luck and good health to you! ...Read more

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Can a clinic doctor refer a specialist or does it have to be a family doctor?. Cause i think i need to see a gastroenterologist.

Can a clinic doctor refer a specialist or does it have to be a family doctor?. Cause i think i need to see a gastroenterologist.

Insurance issues: America is a free country, so any patient can see a gastroenterologist, without having to get permission from another person. The restrictions are insurance issues, meaning lower quality insurance will have more restrictions, and cause more trouble for patients and doctors... But such insurance (hmo's, medicaid, etc.) is cheaper or paid by the taxpayers. Always try for ppo insurance or better. ...Read more

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How can I find/determine the best gastroenterologist in a state so small that most doctors don't have ratings on healthtap or healthgrades?

How can I find/determine the best gastroenterologist in a state so small that most doctors don't have ratings on healthtap or healthgrades?

PCP: Neither of those rankings determine whose the best in their field. Health tap is a game for doctors and visitors, as stated on their website. Health grades is not recognized by any medical specialty as a legitimate rating site because anyone (including the doctor him or herself) can rate themselves. Try the specialty organization: http://m.Gi.Org/ or http://m.Gastro.Org/. Hope that helped. ...Read more

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Who is the best gastroenterologist in the usa? I can't eat solid food without it feeling like it is stuck and causing pain? My doctor is at a loss

Who is the best gastroenterologist in the usa? I can't eat solid food without it feeling like it is stuck and causing pain? My doctor is at a loss

Gastroenterologist: You're correct that a gastroenterologist would be the best type of physician to see. And there are many excellent ones all over the us. I don't know that anyone claims to be the best in the usa, though. Have you had swallowing studies, and upper GI endoscopy? Here's some info about swallowing disorders: http://tinyurl.Com/a63pm6b. ...Read more

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Have three doctors (family, neurologist, gastroenterologist) & seems they are communicating to each. Feel they are not listening to me. What can I do?

Have three doctors (family, neurologist, gastroenterologist) & seems they are communicating to each. Feel they are not listening to me. What can I do?

They do communicate: First you have to give permission to talk to other doctor , your condition needs a team of doctors , they do communicate with each other, to give you the best possible care. If you feel they are not 'listening ' to you , express your concern first , that is not helping you then it is time to change the team . Add hope speaking to your doctors & questioning them helped you , good luck. ...Read more

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Does the test that checks for blood in your stool need to be done by a gastroenterologist, or can any doctor do it?

Does the test that checks for blood in your stool need to be done by a gastroenterologist, or can any doctor do it?

Yes: Easy test performed by any practitioner- simply smear stool on paper slide, apply reagent, and there will be a color change if blood is detected. ...Read more

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Should I go to ER for suspected hyperthyroidism? Been to gastroenterologists and doctors for 2 years, all symptoms in past 2 days have gotten worse?

Should I go to ER for suspected hyperthyroidism? Been to gastroenterologists and doctors for 2 years, all symptoms in past 2 days have gotten worse?

Primary doc better: Hi. Yes, you can go to the ER. All you need is a TSH and free T4 (and I'd do a free T3 (liothyronine) too, but they don't need to for screening). The ER will have you there for hours. Your doc will be much faster. And don't forget, it may not be hyperthyroidism - symptoms are not specific for disease, and vice versa. Get checked. ...Read more

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Please look @ my profile. I am very sick & need ideas for what's wrong. I have a nor ologist, gastroenterologist , & specialty doctor in fibro. Mri to?

Please look @ my profile. I am very sick & need ideas for what's wrong. I have a nor ologist, gastroenterologist , & specialty doctor in fibro. Mri to?

Be sure to have a...: With complex medical symptoms, one must be sure to have a thorough primary care doctor, such as an internal medicine or family medicine doctor. Choose one who spends a lot of time listening and examining. Be sure one's insurance plan pays for extra time and extra visits spent with the doctor (or pay out of pocket). One can try privatemessaging on healthtap (the chosen doctor can view the profile). ...Read more

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An X-ray showed that my bowels are backed up in parts of my intestines. Should I see a Gastroenterologist?

An X-ray showed that my bowels are backed up in parts of my intestines. Should I see a Gastroenterologist?

Treat constipation: First try treatment for constipation, such as prune juice or senna tablets. Bowels backed up at age 61 can be sign of colon cancer. Have you had a normal colonoscopy before? Any family history of colon cancer. If the answers are yes/no, then OK to just try to work on constipation. May find good info at this site: http://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-care-and-health-information ...Read more

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Should I see a gastroenterologist if my fecalysis test showed I have pus cell 1-2, RBC 0-1, yeast cell few?

Should I see a gastroenterologist if my fecalysis test showed I have pus cell 1-2, RBC 0-1, yeast cell few?

No: The fecal test is normally performed to examine for trace blood to detect presence of a neoplasm. The stool itself is composed of shed colonocytes, bacterial , food particles and bile pigment. The bacteria comprise the microbiome of the intestine and if not perfect may contain an occassioanl yeast and WBC cell. Trace blood can always be found at a microscopic level. No GI work up needed. ...Read more

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If I have chronic burping along with my heart pain, should I see a gastroenterologist? A throat specialist?

Heart pain?: Regardless of your age, if you are truly having cardiac pain, you need to see a cardiologist. The belching could be due to a stomach (GI) problem or a cardiac (heart) problem, not likely a throat problem.. A cardiac problem should be ruled out first. ...Read more

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I'm dealing with IBS with incapacitating pain. The two gastroenterologist who see me didn't help me much. What else can I do for my condition?

I'm dealing with IBS with incapacitating pain. The two gastroenterologist who see me didn't help me much. What else can I do for my condition?

Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more

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When should someone see a gastroenterologist?

When should someone see a gastroenterologist?

Depends...: Most initial digestive problems can be addressed by your primary care doctor, but when further diagnostic procedures are needed, or when initial treatment attempts are unsuccessful, a gastroenterologist may be necessary. Also, everyone should see a G.I. doctor at age 50 or sometimes earlier, if there is a family history, for colon cancer screening. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could go straight to hospital if i want to see a gastroenterologist?

Can you tell me if i could go straight to hospital if i want to see a gastroenterologist?

If you go through: the Emergency Room you may or may not end up seeing a gastroenterologist after likely waiting for several hours. If you are not acutely ill, they will probably give you a referral for an outpatient appointment anyway. If you are acutely ill, they will consult with a gastroenterologist if necessary. ...Read more