Hello doctors, what does an internal medicine doctor do?

Non-surgical . Internal medicine physicians can work in the clinic and act like family physicians. They manage a wide range of illnesses. If needed, they can also refer you to specialists. Internal medicine physicians have limited pediatrics and ob/gyn training. In the hospital, they are the primary doctors for patient with non-surgical illnesses. They manage your care with the help of specialists if needed.

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This may sound silly but what exactly does an internal medicine Doctor treat and what can they do for you? Just wondering. Thanks in advance!

Not silly. a lot of people do not know the answer! An INTERNIST (Internal medicine doctor) is BOARD CERTIFIED in Internal or "DIAGNOSTIC" medicine however many INTERNISTS are GENERALISTS (Primary Care Providers) whereas a smaller number are SPECIALISTS in various areas of medical practise eg CARDIOLOGY,(Heart)GASTROENTEROLOGY (Stomach) Hope this simple explanation is helpful Dr Z. Read more...

I go to an internal medicine doctor. He did an A1c check and it was 6.1.He put me on metformin. Why?

Pre-diabetes. An A1c of 6.1% means you have pre-diabetes. Treatment for pre-diabetes include diet and exercise, metformin, or combination of both. Studies have shown that diet/exercise can decrease your risk of getting diabetes by 58%, metformin use can decrease it by 31%. Your doctor have chosen to do both. This is a common practice and a decision made by both of you. Read more...
Weight. Metformin has been shown to improve blood sugar control as well as help with weight loss in patients with healthy kidneys. Read more...

What is the main difference between a family doctor and an internal medicine doctor?

Different. A family practitioner is trained to provide primary care for patients of all ages, including pediatrics, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients, internal medicine doctors focus on adults and geriatric patients. Read more...
Whole family. This may be subject to opinion. The main difference is that a family doc will be able to see all ages starting from newborn to the very old. Also a good number of family doc also do obstetrics and are able to follow the mother and newborn. Therefore the whole family including extended family can be seen by the same doc. Internal medicine are more extensively trained about hospital medicine. Read more...
F.P. =Broader scope. Family practice (f.P.) doctors are really generalists and will see children (pediatrics) , do office surgery (biopsies, etc..) and some f.P. 's still deliver babies (i did for 15 years). Internists specialize in the care of adults and deal with chronic problems diabetes, high bp, etc. Read more...

When is it appropriate to find an internal medicine doctor in place of a pcp to take over your care?

When you say so! Doctors from both internal medicine and family medicine can serve as primary care providers (pcps). I wonder if you and your current pcp just aren't the right match. Because this relationship is so important, keep looking until you find the right provider for you. Lgromkomd. Read more...
PCP=Int. Med., FP. In the United States, most doctors who practice internal medicine or family medicine are considered primary care providers. In addition to diagnosing acute and chronic medical illnesses, they practice preventative medicine and health maintenance screening as well. In the United States, the specialty of 'general practice' was largely supplanted by family medicine in 1969. Read more...

Do you think I can find an internal medicine doctor who prescribes lorazepam 2mg/day and Tylenol 3 3perday?

Probably. But only if this doctor feels that these are the appropriate medicines for you medical conditions. If you are addicted to opiate, he can probably help you to wean off the medication. Those who prescribe opiate for you without a thorough exam should be avoided. Read more...