Female doctor

older man
By older man Latest Reply 2010-05-26 10:50:15 -0500
Started 2010-05-25 13:47:18 -0500

Five years ago I complaind to my cardiologist about my primary care doctor, also my diabetes doctor. He asked if I would consider a female doctor and I answered yes.

I have been seeing the new female doctor for five years now and have a question. In all this time She has not administered the physicals I was used to getting from male doctors.

She takes care of my diabetes and high blood pressure medications, listens to my heart, and pulse, Looks into my mouth and ears but no more. Although I do not miss some of these procedures (the digital thing) I am beginning to think that there has been a misunderstanding in my choice of a primary care doctor. Can anyone shed some light on this situation?

4 replies

GabbyPA 2010-05-26 10:50:15 -0500 Report

There are some rules to having opposite sex doctors alone in a room with a patient, but I would not think that a physical would be such a case. You might just have to ask for one, because with insurances and HMO's they are doing as little as possible in a lot of situations. It may just be as simple and requesting one. I know if I want anything "extra" I have to ask, and even then sometimes I don't get it. I go to a clinic and they as well as I have limitations on what can be done.

Even when I had insurance and went to my family doctor's office every 6 months for blood work and a general check up...a physical was never suggested.

Emma2412 2010-05-26 01:18:28 -0500 Report

I agree with Petals. Your doctor should at least do extensive blood work and maybe even an EKG or something like that. As far as my feet are concerned, though, I've always gone to a podiatrist who examines them and makes sure that they're the right temperature and also cuts my toenails because I'm afraid to do it myself since my nails split all kinds of ways. If you feel that you still want her as your doctor, then start asking questions and if she doesn't show more interest in you, then you need to find another doctor. The first question I'd ask her is why she hasn't given you a complete physical in all this time. Good luck.

Harlen 2010-05-25 14:18:18 -0500 Report

I have a female Doc and shes great but she dose a full physical every year from top to toes lol
You know you got to tell them you wish one to get one?
Cant hurt to ask?
Best wishes

petals 2010-05-25 14:18:04 -0500 Report

Are you saying that in the last 5 years that you haven't had a pphysical? Does she do any blood work ? Have you talked to her about this? If not do so, then if things don't change then I would look for another doctor. Sounds like she is just doing the basics and nothing more. As a diabetic you need more then that.

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