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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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