Trying to get appt with Endocrinologist.......no go so far.

piddler55
By piddler55 Latest Reply 2010-08-30 20:28:29 -0500
Started 2010-08-26 15:52:36 -0500

Hi All! I'm new here. I have been trying to get help with my diabetes T 2 for 2-3 months. I see my Prim Care DR. but do feel I need to see a specialist to put me on the right track. Had my emotions under control for 2 months of waiting for an appt with the Endo Dr. Eating right too. Now I've gotten weak again from the frustration of waiting for help. In my area the Endo Dr is likely overwhelmed with patients who need her aid. So my waiting is a long one. Did all that was required of me…referral and labs. But still no paperwork in mail to fill out before I see her. Have any of you had to wait months to get help with this illness? Thanks,piddler


4 replies

Beerlilly
Beerlilly 2010-08-29 17:11:15 -0500 Report

Instead of going and seeing a Endocrinologist you might want to see/consult a Registered Dietitian. They can help you manage your diabetes with eating programs, making meals, picking out food to eat, etc. Though I have not been to one myself, they might be able to help you and I don't think that there is a long waiting line to get to see one. Also what might help you is starting a support group for people how are diabetics. Or go to diabetes education classes; most of the ones around where I live are supported by the local hospitals and they don't cost anything.
-Beerlilly

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-08-30 20:28:29 -0500 Report

What you would like is a certified diabetes educator in that case, and they teach you a lot. However, and Endo is a doctor and can treat you. A Diabetes Educator or a Registered Dietitian cannot. I have been to a Class and it was fantastic. I did learn a lot of what goes on inside my body when I do certain things. But I still need a doctor for my treatments.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-08-26 18:44:54 -0500 Report

We have two that specialize in diabetes here in town and the wait was about a month, but they won't take me because I am a self pay patient. So I am with my clinic doctor. That is why I read and experiment with so much, to try to find what works for me. One day, if I can ever get into one, I will have a lot of questions for them.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-08-26 16:50:24 -0500 Report

It's usual to wait 3-6 months for an appointment, endocrinologists are very oversubscribed. Best thing to do is get your schedule and call every day around 11 and ask if there are cancellations or other openings. You should get in within a few days or so.