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  • How to find a doctor you like

    This is a little embarrassing to admit, but I don't have a doctor. I've spent so many years moving and traveling that I just haven't found one. If I ever needed medical care, which has been extremely rare (knock wood), I've gone to a clinic. I fell off a boat once and hit my head--right eye first-- on an outboard motor and luckily a boat that was nearby had a doctor onboard who took a quick look and said nothing appeared to be broken but to check with an ER which I did and luckily I have a very hard head and I just had a super duper shiner.

    I also, kind of by accident, had my thyroid testing done by going to Planned Parenthood. I had a prescription for Synthroid which I haven't taken in years. Admittedly, this is very stupid on my part and I'd like to see what that old gland is up to these days. I have a feeling it's been very, very lazy.

    I now have insurance which is really sucky, basically a catastrophe policy, but it's something and I've been looking through to see about the doctors who accept my insurance and I have no idea how to go about picking one. There are just so many and I've always been one who is paralyzed by too many choices.

    Any advice? And it's totally cool to tell me how dumb I've been by taking my good health for granted especially now that I'm past *eek* 40.
    kiss = keep it simple, sister!

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    Nah, lots of people don't see doctors regularly. I try not to. I too have catastrophic insurance, which sucks, but all insurance has to cover yearly check-ups so you can ask for bloodwork and make sure they list it as part of your yearly and you shouldn't have to pay for it. I found my doctor by going to message boards and asking for specifically what I was looking for. Specifically, one who wasn't antibiotic/drug happy, who preferred to take a wait and see approach unless it looked serious, in which case he was also extremely competent at that as well. Check to see which network your insurance uses. Even the smaller companies generally are in a larger network that most doctors accept.
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    • #3
      I'd simply go for one within easy reach and good opening times (around your work etc).

      Otherwise, it's potluck personality-wise.

      Good luck! Hopefully you won't need to see them!

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      • #4
        Thanks. I think that just throwing a dart is the way I'm going to have to go. I have blue cross/blue shield so there aren't many doctors who aren't eligible. Where I live though, it seems as if there's about one doctor for every three people. I definitely do not plan on making seeing a doctor a habit. It's worked fairly well this far, but I would like to see what my thyroid is up to. I suspect it's up to no good.
        kiss = keep it simple, sister!

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        • #5
          Another question I just thought of: D.O. vs M.D.?
          kiss = keep it simple, sister!

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          • #6
            For my entire family, 2 adults 4 kids under 13 - last trip was for the eldest for a skin condition. we also saw someone for a referral, both were last year. before that, i can't remember! my 5 yr old has been once, my 10 yr old son not since he was 6.

            yeah, we don't have a doctor either. being 40 doesn't mean you'll get sick (tho we did all get whooping cough yr before last. only my eldest and i had it bad)

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            • #7
              Last time I went to the doctor was at age 30 when I dislocated my shoulder and needed reconstructive surgery. That was 11 years ago. I have not been to a gynecologist in 17 years. I was given allergy shots (at home) at age 36.
              And I did a cholesterol test about 2 weeks ago.

              THAT is my entire medical history for the last 20 years...I am 41 now. I don't believe in running to a doctor for every little sniffle or pimple ....

              What would Grok do?

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              • #8
                Ask around for recommendations. I'm seeing a doc for the first time this afternoon based on a recommendation from someone I like and respect. I think her referral went something like this: "Yeah, I really like him. Which says a lot, because I hate doctors. All of them. Except this guy." The office has a 48-hour appointment guarantee, too, which is nice. It takes FOREVER to get in to see some doctors.

                I wish I could have my gyno as my primary care physician, lol. I have to see her once a year anyway, and she's always been really nice about other health concerns I bring up. Like pre-primal when I was gaining weight, depressed, lethargic, with eczema and all these other issues, she ordered a blood test for me to check my thyroid. She even correctly analyzed the cholesterol results from the lab... the lab marked them as "high," but they were high because I had high HDL, which is good. She noted as much on my results before sending them to me.

                Anyway, I've been trying to get recommendations for a primary care doc for about three years, and this is the first one I didn't feel awkward about. My family kept trying to push their doctor on me, but he's basically a glorified drug-pusher. He's trying to put my brother (in his early 30s) on statins, for pete's sake.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Issabeau View Post
                  What would Grok do?
                  Die young due to infection?

                  Joking aside, outside of a yearly physical required for work I haven't been to the doctor in years. I am at the time in my life though where I realize that doctors are just people with large student loans and are not special so like any other service provider I will find one that I like and that treats me well. I would be surprised if there was not some kind of doctor rating scheme on the internet. Yelp for doctors or some such. The OP might even want to ask a couple of local pharmacists if they recommend anyone.

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                  • #10
                    I've asked a couple of friends for recommendations, but no one seems all that keen on their doctor. I don't know any local pharmacists because I don't take any drugs, but I guess I could go into the pharmacy and ask. I've googled a bunch of doctors but there are good and bad reviews. Ugh, I think I'll just try to find another clinic and tell them I need my thyroid checked and if it's as wonky as I think it is then I'll see if the clinic doctor, or more likely, nurse practitioner has any recommendations.

                    Also, super glad to know that I'm not the only person who doesn't see the need to see the doctor. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
                    kiss = keep it simple, sister!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by kiss View Post
                      I've asked a couple of friends for recommendations, but no one seems all that keen on their doctor. I don't know any local pharmacists because I don't take any drugs, but I guess I could go into the pharmacy and ask. I've googled a bunch of doctors but there are good and bad reviews. Ugh, I think I'll just try to find another clinic and tell them I need my thyroid checked and if it's as wonky as I think it is then I'll see if the clinic doctor, or more likely, nurse practitioner has any recommendations.

                      Also, super glad to know that I'm not the only person who doesn't see the need to see the doctor. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
                      Have you looked at city-data.com? You can become a member then ask there.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Blackcatbone View Post
                        Have you looked at city-data.com? You can become a member then ask there.
                        Good idea! I am a member already. Why didn't I think of that?
                        kiss = keep it simple, sister!

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                        • #13
                          I switched doctors in 2005, opened up the directory on the medical group’s website and found one close to me. I went by what my doctor had on his bio, ( late 30's, former Navy Doc on a ship with Marines, establishing his practice in Tucson.) He happened to be a D.O not a M.D. which after 7 years of visiting him, I do not think I would go back to a M.D. I appreciate the D.O's philosophy that the body is a complete system and he treats the entire body for cause/effect not just a specific ailment.

                          With a possible relocation in the near future I would not put it pass my thoughts to fly back to Tucson once a year for my annual checkup with my doc. I dread trying to find another one but if I have to, I would search online Bios and go with my gut instinct.

                          Good luck in your search. I feel while living healthy and primaly reduces the need for a medical doctor (that is the ultimate goal right?) it is still good to have a medical doctor who you have a professional personal relationship with that can notices changes in your body/etc. I was 400 lbs when I first met my doctor and now am 285 after reaching 250 before I fell off the primal/xfit wagon. He knows the changes my body has gone through naturally and is supportive even with the weight gain. Of course he has suggested I get it back down but also stated after losing so much (150+ lbs / 37.5% of my body weight within a year) the body is adjusting and trying to find the balance. THAT is why I love this doctor. Any other doctor would most likely have been critical of me gaining 30-40 lbs back. The scale is on the downward slide again though and my doc is nothing but 100% supportive.
                          Former 400 lb guy who got down to 250 lbs and became incredibly fit but can't lose the last 50 ...then gained 30+ of it back in 2011 and now back to lose the last 80 in 2012! (Jan 2012) Lesson from 2011 - Don't go back to SAD and quit your crossfit workouts thinking you are going to loose 50 more pounds! Lesson learned. Onward and upward!

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                          • #14
                            I don't see docs anymore & won't unless I am in an accident.

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                            • #15
                              Why is doctor shopping such a foreign concept to Americans?
                              Starting Date: Dec 18, 2010
                              Starting Weight: 294 pounds
                              Current Weight: 235 pounds
                              Goal Weight: 195 pounds

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