Advice about doctor to new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes

Questioner
By Questioner Latest Reply 2011-04-21 00:56:01 -0500
Started 2011-04-19 08:18:58 -0500

Diagnosed in February 2011, was doctor e-mailed me to pick up metformin and kit at pharmacy and enroll in a class (kaiser). Followed instructions. Had to change primary care and she is stating that I do not need a follow up for six months. Is this the normal follow up for new diagnosis? I thought you had to be followed for 3-6 months to make sure meds were at the right level?
I am losing weight, yea!! and have always had foot issues when wearing heals - what women hasn't. How crucial is it to be seen by doctor and which doctor about this issue?


4 replies

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-04-19 14:23:12 -0500 Report

Having been on Kaiser (East SF Bay CA) for the past 3 yrs, that 6 mo time frame seems a bit long. If you have a concern, call their appointment line, or use their website (you are registered on their website?) to request an appointment sooner.

I have found KP's care of me and my bride Jem to be top shelf. The heart clinic in Santa Clara, kept my bride alive through 20 years of congestive heart failure. Unfortunately she passed away july 2010 and I found it necessary to move away —out of Kaiser's service area. But they treated me very well when I was there.

If you have trouble with this PCP you might want to look for someone else. At least in the SF East bay area, there were many choices available. I wouldn't know about other areas.

I pray you get your appointment soon and with little hassle.

James

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-04-19 08:49:38 -0500 Report

Six months is kind of long for a new diagnosis, and if you are concerned, you make the call and get a new appointment earlier. That is just as much up to you as to your doctor. Usually if your A1c is below 7 and your numbers are not too high, they will do a 6 month follow up. I would use the doctor that you feel most comfortable with their knowledge and attitude about your treatment. The new one you might not know enough and if they are like what I had to do, I had to work into a good dialogue by persistence.

Questioner
Questioner 2011-04-21 00:56:01 -0500 Report

Thank you for your reply. I changed dr after initial diagnosis because of lack of communication when I had reaction to the metformin and had to request response from advice nurse. I was initially told that I should have my A1 tested in three months. No mention schedule for dr visits. With new doctor she took a look at my BG's I had been keeping (2 weeks after diagnosis) and said it looks like you have it under control. Again no mention of schedule for visits. I called and the doctor said I don't have to come in for six months. I want to be proactive and not just assume I am doing everything right. Both drs had said to only test AM fasting BG. Classes said at least 2x a day. I am so confused. Classes keep saying doctor and 'health team' will develop a schedule for review, but am I having this with only a six month appointment?? Thank you again for response.

denatrout1974
denatrout1974 2011-04-19 08:40:35 -0500 Report

my doctor was sieng me every month for the first couple of months now i have to go back in three unless my sugars begin to spike alot again,so u might want to continue yur search for a good doctor, who knows about diabeties ,do some homework, i had to and im glad i did,my old doctor only wanted me to test once a day and lied to me after i told her my diatician wanted me test more than that, she said my insurance ouldnt pay for it so i called them myself. now im in better hands and she has been grate and really seams to care.so good luck to u i hope u can find a caring doctor becoude u will feel alot better about it all.