Why PC Drs. to see only

By flores Latest Reply 2009-12-07 21:48:33 -0600
Started 2009-12-06 22:07:31 -0600

II have had many different illnesses lately and I am always told to see my primary care Dr. first before I can make an appointment with any other Dr. and even though I see my PC.Dr. first I have to let them do different test or take different meds. before I get to go to the Dr. I'm really suppose to see for my health problem and it's frustrating suffering so much before I go elsewhere and really get the treatment I'm suppose to get and get well faster,Isn't there anything I can say or do to change this matter and not suffer so long.I hope someone has an answer,please comment.

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London 2009-12-07 20:10:46 -0600 Report

Flores, if you find a solution to this problem please let me know! I've had the same Dr. for 12 years and half the time I have to see him then get a referral which takes forever to see the new Dr. It can get frustrating but I do believe it all depends on the health insurance coverage we have, and now days we are considered lucky to have insurance, crapy or not.

flores 2009-12-07 20:53:52 -0600 Report

I have an HMO,so that could be why I have to wait so long for a change.Also I GOT A referal to see a neurologist for my bad headaches and she had a ct. done a few weeks ago too.But I still had the headaches and not till now I got an appt.to see her and she was concerned about my carotoryarteries{I think I said that right and spelled it right also.}But anyhow she ordered an ultrasound for me and I had that done today.But I guess if you don't complain enough they just tell you it's stress or tension or something else and just leave it at that.So stress it out what is bothering you and hope it does not go as far as it had to like what Pat went thru.I'm glad she is doing better God Bless you all.Roger

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-07 21:48:33 -0600 Report

You bet!!! I have tried too hard to be NICE!! And that attitude can hurt you —-I am trying to learn to be FIRM,, FEEL THAT I DO KNOW that there is a problem and I can't stand it anymore—-or before THAT point—and insist that it is DIFFERENT, if it is, and be so persistant that they are GLAD to DO SOMETHING!! In all fairness, I am sure that Drs hear a lot of stuff, whining—-but maybe they can put up with it, or yelp LOUDER if it REALLY HURTS!! SO YELP LOUDLY, boys, and hopefully that will get you help, SOONER!!!! Hugs to ALL, Pat r

Sam Stokes
Sam Stokes 2009-12-07 08:33:51 -0600 Report

I have a very understanding PC DR , I see only a few times a year all the others are UAB Speciallist,whyich I see bi-yearly but all MDS GET A COPY OF ALL VISITS ,so I never have a problem with my PC DR.

flores 2009-12-07 20:42:45 -0600 Report

I'm glad you don't have any problems cause I told my PC Dr. about my pain on my left side of my legand hip for months and she would treat other systems but not this one,but kept saying it would be that way for a while since I had a triple heart bypass done last year and it takes time for the pain to go away and the swelling. Well I told her again this last week and she finally said I could have neuropathy in my legs and hip and gave me a pres. for the pain and guess what,my pain is slowly subsiding.But why wait so long to do this since I had the same pain so severe for months???????.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-06 23:08:50 -0600 Report

Well, I got a REAL DRS attention the day I almost collapsed, did shake and cry, saying "I can't stand this any more!! I am sick, I don't know why, but something is WRONG!! sob—sob—-really I couldn't stop, I was NOT just putting on—-Too much pain from various sources, the same day they did the cat scan of my left lung, only to accidentally find that malignant kidney——

Of course, I hope that this NEvER happens again, but it sure has made DRS pay attention to me when I enter their clinic—PA's and all—sigh—-If I hadn't been so out of it, I would have been embarrassed, but was too strung out———Too bad that it had to come about that way, but so far they all now LISTEN! PR

Germaine 2009-12-06 22:22:58 -0600 Report

Sounds like you have a HMO, or a Managed care insurance. THey always want you to go to our primary doc first and see if they believe you need to go to a specialist.
It's really time consuming. I would say get an PPO insurance, you can go to any specialist without getting a referral

Elrond 2009-12-06 23:01:26 -0600 Report

In my case, it's the VA. When my stroke forced me to retire many years before I wanted to, I lost my employer-related health insurance. I was just fortunate to have served in the army because I had a heart attack soon after retirement. But the VA isn't anything to write home about. Often, requested prescriptions arrive much too late or there are other 'screw-ups'. I sometimes must wait months for a simple appointment. I will say my endocrinologist is very good and she's really turned my A1C's around.

Elrond 2009-12-06 22:17:55 -0600 Report

I suppose it's because doctors have a 'chain of command'. Specialists such as endocrinologists could easily be overwhelmed by people who only THINK they have diabetes. That would leave little time for those of us who actually do. The same applies to other specialties. So doctors prefer a patient to be diagnosed by a Family Practitioner or Emergency Specialist before being referred to a specialist. I know it can be frustrating for those of us who actually need help but it actually streamlines the system. I had to deal with a semi-ignorant nurse-practitioner for nearly 2 years before I could convince her to refer me to an endocrinologist. During all that time, I had to live with double digit A1C's. I only hope the damage wasn't too bad.