Should I change doctors

By bamakerry Latest Reply 2011-07-21 09:41:59 -0500
Started 2011-06-08 07:46:54 -0500

I am thinking of changing doctors…I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes early last year and was put on pills and told to lose weight..I go to see my doctor every 3 months still and during the little over a year my pills have been changed several times and all he does is say lose weight. He has never checked anything but my blood sugar and A1C. I have told him that I have some tingling and numbness in both my big toes and he has never even had me take my shoes off. Is this normal for a doctor to do this or shouldn't he be checking for neuropathy and making sure that my blood sugar isn't affecting anything else?

23 replies

Type1Lou 2011-07-21 09:41:59 -0500 Report

I agree that your current doctor is not doing it for you. Find someone who has a better track record of treating diabetes. I have had problems with severe morning low BG's for the past 18 months and was hospitalized due to hypoglycemia last August while on vacation. I made an appt to see my GP upon my return. He told me in a 5 minute session to keep on following his instructions. (????) I then asked him for an endocrinology referral because I felt uncomfortable with the GP's approach. The endocrinology practice has been wonderful, reducing my Lantus and changing the time of day I take it. Also, re-educating me about my Novolog dosage and carb counting. Some doctors just don't have what it takes to properly treat you. Trust your instincts and find another doctor, the sooner, the better!

digitaldoorbell 2011-06-11 14:13:02 -0500 Report

You need to change doctors immediately. Tingling and numbness in your toes may be neruopathy. I developed it shortly after being diagnosed and it has been difficult. I've had Type 2 for only a year and manage it without medication, but the neuropathy is a different story.

Take care of yourself right away.

Hinboyz3 2011-06-10 09:26:29 -0500 Report

When you get that feeling that you need to make a change don't hesitate make that change for yourself. Theirs only one of you and you need to stay happy and healthy at all cost. I truly do know that feeling I'm in the process of doing the something. Keep us all informed on your progress and don't worry your making the right choice.

Jameesa 2011-06-10 08:18:48 -0500 Report

You definitely need another DR. I'm blessed that I have a DR. that will sit with me and answer my questions and concerns.

fancyfree 2011-07-21 09:28:01 -0500 Report

My doctor is the same way—-lots of time to talk, even tho he has a full patient load. I changed over to him during my 2nd year & have never regretted it.

Anonymous 2011-06-09 20:14:44 -0500 Report

Yep sound like you need a new doctor, and it is sad to say but I have the same problem you do. My family doctor, has never looked at my feet, barely spends appropriate time with me, and leaves me wanting. I plan on going to a specialists, an endocrinologists would probably be my best for managing my diabetes.

TJRAFUSE 2011-06-09 17:01:01 -0500 Report

My response to Momma is also meant for bammakerry and anyone else that is in this predicament… Tjr

QT Pie
QT Pie 2011-06-09 16:50:34 -0500 Report

RUN don't walk to another doctor. My original Dr. had me on pills and then Lantus Solo Star. Had to change Dr.s because of insurance. Then I saw Dr.Boob. He put me on Novolog along with the Lantus that I hadn't used yet as I was changing Dr.s. He only told me how much to use. Not a thing on how to inject or anything. I told him I was concerned about low blood sugar. He told me not to drive afler I took my insulin. Needless to say at that I changed Dr.s as soon as I could. I didn't even say a word to him. I just changed. I have learned more from my best friend who is also diabetic. It's pretty sad when you have to turn to your friends when your physician should be advising you. My new group is fantastic. Good Luck!!!! We have to look out for ourselves!!

Yankeemamma 74
Yankeemamma 74 2011-06-09 16:23:34 -0500 Report

I have the same problem with the jerk I see. You go in and it's bad, but my doctor won't acknowledge my type 2 diabetes to begin with then he says nothing about pain in my kidneys, numbness in my hands and feet and the fact that I dropped to the ground walking across the yard with no explination. He just says I am a hypercondriac.

TJRAFUSE 2011-06-09 16:56:29 -0500 Report

Dear Momma, I am a 47 year diabetic and also a medical professional. You absolutely MUST change Doctors and fast. As a patient you have the right to ask any Dr to sit with you before you go to them as a patient and ask what and how much they know about DM. In my opinion and experience, I have found the older Dr's are not as up on DM and can't be bothered to learn. I feel very strongly that you need a new PCP and a Endocranologist to take care of you properly. Good luck and God Bless.. Please take care of yourself because if you don't no one else will…

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-06-09 13:29:43 -0500 Report

I can certainly understand why you would be concerned. Among other qualities that we expect from our doctors, being thorough is one of them. As others have said, I would encourage you to have a talk with your doctor about this and see how he responds. If you don't feel that you are getting what you need from him, then it may be time to move on. That's just being a wise medical consumer.

PetiePal 2011-06-09 09:17:37 -0500 Report

Go find a new doctor…preferably a specialist. For someone at your age they should be checking feet EVERY checkup. It sounds like you haven't found a medicine combo that has worked well for you yet. Have you considered trying insulin?

I would switch to a doctor who YOU feel is more proactive and interactive WITH you.

bamakerry 2011-06-09 07:56:24 -0500 Report

I really appreciate all the advice and input. What's weird is that my gym seems to be more in tune with me and i'm learning more from them than my doctor…I have gotten on a great diet and exercise plan with them…they have a plan called the thin and healthy solution that shows you how to eat healthy..not really a diet, but they sit down with you 1 to 3 days a week and not only weigh you but councel you on your eating habits because you have to write everything down and there is a personal trainer that meets with you every two weeks to change up your exercise routine…I am loving that and my blood sugar has been much better since I started there…but still I do need to find a doctor who will listen and be there for me and take care of other issues I have like with my feet.

GabbyPA 2011-06-08 13:28:32 -0500 Report

I think you know the answer to your question. I agree...yes. You may want to try one last time and have a sit down talk with him to explain your goals of his treatment. He works for you. If he is not filling the expectations, then either explain those more clearly or move to one who will.

It took me a long time to get my doctor to take my feet seriously. I finally got frustrated and went to my podiatrist and got a diagnosis that I shared with my doctor. They need to know when they are wrong as well as when they are right.

I also brought in my calorie expectations given to me by a nutritionist and we discussed what I needed to do in that regard. I also talk to him about specific exercise that I do and how I am eating. It took us a while to get to this place, but by a year you should be feeling more comfortable with your doctor, not less.

ksin 2011-06-08 09:58:30 -0500 Report

OMG - He should check your feet each and every time you go in for a check up!
If he isn't listening then time to change - remember you are paying for a service.
Too bad your aren't closer - my doc is great with managing DM.

bamakerry 2011-06-08 08:19:43 -0500 Report

Thanks so much, I will be looking for a doctor who specializes in diabetes…this is just my family doctor and would have thought he would have referred me to a specialist by now.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-06-08 23:52:24 -0500 Report

Please. Change doctors! Since being diagnosed 2 years I've had 4 doctors. I live in an extremely small town and was beginning to think I'd never find a good doctor. I know what you mean about weight. Every 3 months (or more) when I'd go in, the first thing they did was weigh me. When I talked to them about my weight problem they got this glazed look come over them. Finally I refused to get on the scale. I told them since my weight wasn't even a small priority to them there no reason to check my weight.
Just last week I tried a new doctor. I'm almost afraid to hope but I do think I may have FINALLY found a keeper. He sat there for 30 - 35 minutes and listened, and explained things. When I brought up my weight he immediately Jaffa plan!!!! It is so important to have a doctor you know you can partner with so you know you are taking the very best care of yourself possible ..

JoleneAL 2011-06-08 08:12:17 -0500 Report

Yes and quickly. I don't know how your insurance works, but mine would need a referral from your regular doctor. Call the office and tell them you want to see a diabetes specialist and ask for, no demand a referral. I won't see the only one we have in this town because he's a big old a double hockey sticks, but my doctor's mother is a TII so I feel comfortable seeing him and fortunately, he listens to me! Good luck!

realsis77 2011-06-08 08:09:46 -0500 Report

Hi! I would change Doctors! Sounds like you need a doc that's going to be more attentive to your diabetes! He should be checking your feet also. And he shold be paying more attention to your treatment plan! Its possiable you are getting some complacations but you need a good doc to confirm that. You should have a good realationship with your diabetic doctor because treatment plans change with time and he needs to be paying more attention to you.for your own health and safty I would get a doc that is more knowledgeable in diabetes also should be getting a A1C test to see how your doing. Yes in my opnion id get another doc ! This is your HEALTH we are talking about and that's nothing to play around with! I wish you the very BEST and hope you find a good doctor that will give you proper care and concern that you deserve!