im going to c an endo????????????????

By denatrout1974 Latest Reply 2011-07-15 13:27:04 -0500
Started 2011-07-06 14:50:07 -0500

does anyone know what i can expect and maybe what some good questions may be to ask the dr?

13 replies

jayabee52 2011-07-07 00:27:10 -0500 Report

you might ask what sub-specialty of endocrinology s/he is most comfortable with. There are endos who focus on Diabetes and the pancreas, and others who focus on the thyroid and the conditions related to that gland.

You of course want the one who focuses on the control of diabetes.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-06 16:02:41 -0500 Report

I realize your appointment may be set already, but you may want to read and bounce some of your questions around here. Since you are new, you may not have enough knowledge to ask the questions that you need to know the answers to, or to answer the questions that they may have for you. Example, How often do I test my BS? What times of day? What foods will shoot it up? How can I bring it down? How high is too high? How high is it until I need to seek medical help as in the ER? (I can't answer either of those!) How low is it safe to go? (Below 80 seems to be a flashing yellow light for many people and at 70 it is RED). the questions and answers are endless AND they vary from person to person! I know this trip isn't the Caribbean, but i have found here at DC, it is bearable! Jim

denatrout1974 2011-07-06 16:18:15 -0500 Report

thanks and yes i do know some of those answers but im sure i wil have more and i do like to wright em down or i forget and thats whith any of my dr.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-06 16:29:12 -0500 Report

Also, I have found it best to bring to every doctors visit (including eye, dentist etc) a list of my med, the dose, when I take them. i also have this list in my truck (in case of an accident) and on the back of my door at work, in my bosses desk drawer and in my wife's van. If you pass out, it is important that the medical people know.

50Jewels 2011-07-06 21:26:26 -0500 Report

I found this great medical alert bracelet that has a compartment where you get to write really tiny all of your information. They also have a website where you can put in more detailed information so that if the paramedics need it they can access everything. My mom used to have a cartoon of a woman taking one pill to cure this and another pill to cure the cure of that one. I guess after 50 it is a right of passage to have to spend 30 min having to sort out the pills into your reminder box so you don't forget to take one:-)

JoleneAL 2011-07-06 15:48:28 -0500 Report

Good luck! All the endo's in this town have egos as big as the Aflac HQ building and don't listen to their patients at all. I see a FP whose mother has diabetes and he listens! But - Ask him/her to set you up with a diet specialist, find out where he wants you #'s wise before and after meals, what to do with highs (if not on insulin) or lows. Write them all down ahead of time!