What Kind of Doctors to you see each year?

re1ndeer
By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2012-03-24 17:53:43 -0500
Started 2011-02-04 05:56:30 -0600

Do you see one doctor, or several doctors?
Are there doctors you should be seeing but not?
I was thinking about this as I was reading Mays's comments about his podiatrist
story. I've never been to a Podiatrist. Should I go to one? Not sure.

I see several doctors a year. I see my Primary Care doctor, Endocrinologist,
Gastroenterologist, Urologist, Pulmonary Disease Specialist, Cardiologist, Nephrologist, and my Ophthalmologist.

Both my Endocrinologist and my Primary Care doctor check my feet, each time I come in to see them. Now, I was wondering Should I see a Podiatrist? Do they do any thing different than a regular doctor does to your feet?

Do you see a Podiatrist? Or does your Endocrinologist check your feet?


54 replies

berrykins0
berrykins0 2012-01-22 11:46:43 -0600 Report

i go to my primery doctor and my nutrionist i had to start going to endocrogly for my thyriod cause it became hyperthyiod do to the fact i have graves diease i was hypothyriod before this happened.other wise no one else i see or need too.

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2012-01-22 11:49:50 -0600 Report

Thank you for your response. It's good to see that you are taking care of your health. Seeing a Primary, an Endo, and a nutrisonist are excellent for your health care.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-01-22 10:38:18 -0600 Report

I am uninsured, so I have some limits on who I am able to see. The endos in town will not see a self pay patient. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/579-unblievable-doctor-policies

So I see my primary for my diabetes and since he works in a clinic that really kinds of mills us through, I also do go to a podiatrist. I did that mostly because I insisted that I have neuropathy and my primary said I don't. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/9867-oh-my-toe
It turns out I was right.

If you have a team that is taking good care of you, then that is great. But if you feel that you need to have some more things checked out. I really suggest getting the specialist that can put your mind at ease and help you in your treatments.

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2012-01-22 11:45:44 -0600 Report

Thank you Gabby, I've lost my insurance at the end of the year, so, I'm going only to the Primary and the Endo now. If I need to see someone for an emergency, then I'll play it by ear.

CharleneMcD
CharleneMcD 2011-05-11 22:33:57 -0500 Report

I only see my primary care and an allergy doctor, but I am seeing many posts on here with lots of different doctors listed. Why so many?
I was told I had was borderline diabetic after major surgery when my sugar spiked after I was kept on the table longer than planned. Neither that doctor nor the 2 primary care doctors I have seen since then seem to think that my condition is that bad. I have never had anyone seriously sit down and talk to me about this condition. So I have never really taken it to seriously myself. Until now, I am starting to see my sugar spike and drop on a regular basis and know that I need to take this very seriously. My primary care has never looked at my feet, and never asks me to bring in my testing journal. He does a test once in a while for sugar, but it is not on a regular basis.
As I read the entries I am realizing that my medical care has not been the best. I should have been referred to the proper doctors and given more information. The PC I had before this current one told me that there was a monthly meeting that I could go to if I wanted but it wasn't really necessary. Now I am reading several books and I wish I had found this site earlier and gotten a better understanding of what my life is going to be like.

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-05-11 21:53:41 -0500 Report

Now to add to my own list.In addition to the above. I'm seeing a dentist. And now a Orthopedist. Still I have not gone to a podiatrist.
My list keeps growing.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-05-11 19:56:30 -0500 Report

I see a PCP, a Nephrologist, an Endo (for my thyroid) a Urologist, a Gastroenterologist, a podiatrist, an Opthamologist. It seems I'm always going to a Dr. But Jem was worse. It seemed like we were always going to one Dr or another. Most of the time we had the same Drs, like we would go get our toes clipped together. Since she was blind she didn't need an opthamologist, but she had heart Dr, and a Rhumetologist and an ENT Dr and an Endo for her Diabetes..

spiritwalker
spiritwalker 2011-05-11 19:31:53 -0500 Report

My endocrinologist and my Internist both check my feet. If you can not trim your own nails or have corns,bunions,hammer toe or other foot related conditions you
might want a podiatrist. Conditions such as Charcot joint you need an orthopedic
specialist and an orthotics manager and fitter.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-11 14:59:36 -0500 Report

You have me beat on the doctor's list! I see my PCP every 3 months for my diabetic condition. He checks my feet at each visit. I see the eye doctor for a diabetic exam every year and the dentist, twice a year. Any other doctor that I see is usually for a condition that I do not consider related to my diabetes. I request all of my medical doctors to send the info to my PCP. That way, my main care giver has a more complete picture.

purrfectnow
purrfectnow 2011-05-11 15:05:59 -0500 Report

I only go to my PCP every 6 months, so far he has been able to help me with all my diabetic care,, he does a complete blood work check and adjust meds,, It seems I life off of medications,,, blood pressure, choles. plavix, and 3 different diabetic meds… I have thought about just to let it all go and see what happens

alesiafae
alesiafae 2012-03-24 17:53:43 -0500 Report

My pcp told me that I should not concern myself with how many medicines I take but to concern myself about whether medicines are helping me to be healthy or not.

runthe
runthe 2011-05-11 14:41:25 -0500 Report

I see a podiatrist every three months. Since they don't recommend me to cut my toenails I usally wait to see them unless my nails grow to long and then I cut them myself. I also have a rhematologist, diabetic doctor and a primary doctor who I see every three months. I have my eyes check once a year. I have not been to the dentist in about a year because I can't afford to go right now.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-11 15:04:39 -0500 Report

I hear you load and clear on the dental cost!
I often cut the toe nails of my 82 year old mother. They are hard and brittle. I soak her feet in a warm bath solution with some baby oil in it. Do not get the water too hot, it can damage the skin of an elderly person. I give her a foot massage to keep her circulation going. She is not diabetic. This all started after a fall and she had limited use of her right hand for awhile. We just continued it.

WendyFR
WendyFR 2011-02-19 04:05:16 -0600 Report

I see an endocrinologist for my diabetes every 3 months. I see my primary doctor for everything else. The way my insurance works I have to see my primary doctors to get a referrel to see a specailist. So, if I'm having problems with my feets or any other part that my primary can't help she will refer me to someone else. I don't have insurance for the dentist or Ophthalmologist, but when I did, I went to them as well. The Podiatrist question, if your having a major problem with your feet and your primary doctor or endocrinologist is unable to help or the help goes beyond what they can do for you, they will usually refer you to a podiatrist. I've been told it good to see one at least once a year, but I usually go by what my insurance is allowing me to do.

AnnaBelle02
AnnaBelle02 2011-02-08 03:48:21 -0600 Report

one of most important questions that I've come across thus far. I see a Diabetic Specialist, dietician, and Ophthalmologist. but don't have a Primary Care which I need to find soon. insurance constantly changes PCPs.

Anonymous
Anonymous 2011-02-07 17:58:33 -0600 Report

My insurance is a HMO. Before that, I had no insurance and went to a sliding scale clinic. When I had insurance before that, I saw a nurse practitioner.

I have never been to a nutritionist, a podiatrist, or any other specialist except an opthamologist. My whole diabetic training was a nurse showing me how to take my blood glucose. She handed me a diet sheet. I didn't even know what half the stuff on it was. It was very limited.

Good health care is only for those who can afford it.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-05-11 15:07:08 -0500 Report

How sad, but true. This is one of the reasons that I am grateful for the internet and for this site. I find it helps me to sort out when I NEED to see a doctor and when it may be something I can do to help.

purrfectnow
purrfectnow 2011-05-14 20:07:53 -0500 Report

I just joined this site a little while ago ,, it is very interesting and I have learned a lot, it helps to talk to others that have the same problems that I do

chimpanda
chimpanda 2011-02-07 11:52:19 -0600 Report

Ive been diagnosed for 21 years now and I still have my regular yearly check up with a podiatrist, opthamologist, on top of my sometimes monthly visits to different specialists. I have my primary, endocrinologist, headache and neuropathic pain, chronic pain specialist, back and spine, psychiatrist, therapist, and I am also being referred to cardiology. It's a full time job keeping up with all of it!

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-02-06 19:00:32 -0600 Report

I now see my primary physician once a year for A1C and cholesterol. When I was first diagnosed, over 2 years ago, I went twice in that first year for A1C. Then she said I could go once a year, since I was doing so well. I have not had A1C now in a year and a half! So I need to do that. I called an endo.'s office once about 4 months after diagnosis, when I was off Metformin and controlling with diet and exercise and the woman that answered the phone asked me some questions, and told me no, that I did not need an endo at that time since I was not on piils or insulin and I had no problems. But I thought every diabetic was supposed to see an endo? My Primary doctor never checks my feet. I've had to go to her for a couple other things not related to diabetes in the past year. It bothers me that she doesn't and it also bothers me that she has never once suggested that I need "tests" certain tests for my age (I am 46 now) and I know I do. I know I should be checked to see if I have enough Vit. D and if not, to take supplements, among other things. I might change doctors. She doesn't seem as concerned with me now. When my diabetes so quickly got under contrl and then stayed that way a while, and my weight was so good, etc., and my A1C went to 5.4, she told me I had "mild" diabetes. Everyone on here that replied, told me, and I believe it it true, that there is "no" such thing as mild diabetes. Maybe I need to find a new primary doctor! It's funny how she scared me at first, told me about as the disease progresses,etc., then it was like a turnaround. I also do not think looking back that she should have ever put me on pills to start with when my A1C was 5.6. I should have been given the chance to eat better and continue to exercise. I was exercising before diagnosis and she knew that. I need to go to the dentist and I go to the eye doctor every year. You need a dilated eye exam every year too.
I was also told by someone (not on here) that I did not need to see a Podiatrist since it was so well controlled. But I do, because I have two bunions on eachside of my big toes. They don't bother me, but this could become a problem later, so I need to schedule that.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-02-07 12:45:37 -0600 Report

Yes, you should see a podiatrist since you know you have something treatable. You sound like you have very well controlled diabetes, but you should have a doctor that checks all the basics, like your feet, blood work, makes sure you go to the dentist and eye doctor etc. I'm well controlled too, with diet and exercise, and my primary sees me routinely twice a year. Good luck!

tabby9146
tabby9146 2011-02-06 19:00:22 -0600 Report

I now see my primary physician once a year for A1C and cholesterol. When I was first diagnosed, over 2 years ago, I went twice in that first year for A1C. Then she said I could go once a year, since I was doing so well. I have not had A1C now in a year and a half! So I need to do that. I called an endo.'s office once about 4 months after diagnosis, when I was off Metformin and controlling with diet and exercise and the woman that answered the phone asked me some questions, and told me no, that I did not need an endo at that time since I was not on piils or insulin and I had no problems. But I thought every diabetic was supposed to see an endo? My Primary doctor never checks my feet. I've had to go to her for a couple other things not related to diabetes in the past year. It bothers me that she doesn't and it also bothers me that she has never once suggested that I need "tests" certain tests for my age (I am 46 now) and I know I do. I know I should be checked to see if I have enough Vit. D and if not, to take supplements, among other things. I might change doctors. She doesn't seem as concerned with me now. When my diabetes so quickly got under contrl and then stayed that way a while, and my weight was so good, etc., and my A1C went to 5.4, she told me I had "mild" diabetes. Everyone on here that replied, told me, and I believe it it true, that there is "no" such thing as mild diabetes. Maybe I need to find a new primary doctor! It's funny how she scared me at first, told me about as the disease progresses,etc., then it was like a turnaround. I also do not think looking back that she should have ever put me on pills to start with when my A1C was 5.6. I should have been given the chance to eat better and continue to exercise. I was exercising before diagnosis and she knew that. I need to go to the dentist and I go to the eye doctor every year. You need a dilated eye exam every year too.
I was also told by someone (not on here) that I did not need to see a Podiatrist since it was so well controlled. But I do, because I have two bunions on eachside of my big toes. They don't bother me, but this could become a problem later, so I need to schedule that.

Pynetree
Pynetree 2011-02-05 21:02:43 -0600 Report

The list seems to grow in proportion to my age! Cross that line between middle age to Senior citizen and you gain more Dr.'s. Have added Podiatrist in the last 2 yrs. He wants to see me every 3 months…but my feet are fine…no problems, so, I stretch out my appts. to 6 months. And it seems that once you have to go to a new specialist…they just keep seeing you…you are expected to go in for regular visits.Why?

Dev
Dev 2011-02-05 19:28:33 -0600 Report

Thanks for asking this question. I wanted to ask after our last doctor's visit and then forgot about it. Parag goes to the endo every 3 months and to the opthalmologist once a year. No podiatrist. He says she checks his feet but when I went with him she didn't.

I worry about he not getting the appropriate care so asked in the student health center in the Univ and they said he is fine and he will need to go to all the doctors later in life. There is no need now.

He complains that his feet ache and he moves his feet in the sleep a lot so I push him to ask his endo in the regular visit and she just says it is not related to diabetes. I feel we should have Primary care physician we should go to regularly rather than the (or may be in addition to) endo so that other smaller health complaints can be addressed.

The structure of the health system is too complex to navigate.
Dev

MAYS
MAYS 2011-02-04 14:37:38 -0600 Report

I have seen so many different doctors in the past 6 months, it's ridiculous!
Maybe I should keep a list of whom, and how many.
This is a great discussion, and I agree with (KDRoberts) concerning the importance of dentist in the lives of people, especially diabetics.

~Mays~

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-02-04 22:34:19 -0600 Report

Last year I saw so many different Drs I had trouble keeping track. So I made up a MSword document that included every Dr., every testing place ( CT, Ultrasound, etc), every medical supply store to save my sanity.

ston3xc
ston3xc 2011-02-04 12:07:25 -0600 Report

A podiatrist is just as important as any of your other drs. They can give you a heads up on any problems that might be brewing. They can whittle your callouses down, if needed and even cut your toenails. I logged on today to give everybody an update on TJ's Journey but your question caught my eye first. Lucky you! You gave me my soapbox for today!lol Just check photos on my profile page for the consequences of not keeping up with a podiatrist. I don't have insurance but my appt for my podiatrist is next week.

purrfectnow
purrfectnow 2011-05-11 15:15:49 -0500 Report

Oh my I am so sorry for what has happened,, how did it happen? I am very upset with the hole in ur foot,,, did you cut it or what happened…

ston3xc
ston3xc 2011-05-13 17:33:06 -0500 Report

The pictures are not of my foot, but my 33 yr old son. Read my posting of TJ's journey to learn more.

purrfectnow
purrfectnow 2011-05-11 15:18:32 -0500 Report

everyone should look at your picture and maybe it can help us to see the importance of seeing the podiatrist ,, I know I am going to find one for myself and get my feet checked out

MAYS
MAYS 2011-02-04 14:50:25 -0600 Report

A great point indeed!
My Podiatrist, Opthamologist, Dentist, Vasular Lab Technicians, E.R. Personnel and Nutritionist have been worth their weight in gold to me so far this year!
My list is by no means complete, I have so many more to see this year and they are all (to me) priceless!

BandonBob
BandonBob 2011-02-04 11:01:25 -0600 Report

I see my primary care doctor, an opthamologist , cardiologist and dentist annually. Others as needed. The VA insists on the eye care and they pay for a retina scan to see the beginnings if any of eye problems from the diabetes.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-02-04 09:53:11 -0600 Report

Hi, my internist handles my diabetic care so far, I'm a pretty easy patient. He does check my feet, and I see him about three times a year plus whatever is unplanned. I think the more important part of foot care is to really look at them yourself daily. Then go to a doctor if you see any changes in color or damage. Also, check your toenails for thickening, discoloration or white stuff under the nails, this may indicate a common fungus that can easily be treated with antibiotics. You don't want to let anything go with your feet, as I'm sure you've heard stories.
And yes, don't skip the dentist.

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-02-04 09:58:20 -0600 Report

Thanks for replying. The more it seems that going to the regular doc (Primary or Endo) is good enough unless you have problems.

granniesophie
granniesophie 2011-02-04 09:35:42 -0600 Report

would love to go to the dentist-would love to find a way to afford it too! my insurance covers pretty much nothing, so i have to save up to go, maybe this summer-but hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, and sometimes ya just can't afford it!

momcsq
momcsq 2011-02-06 18:10:20 -0600 Report

I have been doing some research on "Patient Assistance Programs" and was surprised that they sometimes cover pet meds. My list to too long to post here, so I will try to write and article soon with all the information.

mkhojh99
mkhojh99 2011-02-06 10:35:06 -0600 Report

I agree 100% you gotta do what you gotta do and sometimes it very tough choices…like when I was laid off in 09 I had no ins and could not get help for a few months. I wish health care wasnt sp dare expensive!!!

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-02-04 09:53:36 -0600 Report

I agree, and as we grow older it seems more doctors they want us to see, even specialists (and they cost more).

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-02-04 09:02:30 -0600 Report

The one person you missed that is essential to go to is the dentist. Your teeth and jaw bone can really get messed up with diabetes plus, and I know it sounds dramatic, periodontal disease (gingivitis) can kill diabetics. It can also make it very difficult to control blood sugar.

That said, I see a dentist twice a year, endocrinologists a few times a year, eye doctor once a year and my PCP once a year for a physical plus any other health issues that crop up.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-02-04 08:35:39 -0600 Report

Hello
Lest see hummmmmm
I see the eye doc,my endo,the GP at lest twice a year ,dont need to see the dentist any more lol
Till I have a problem with my feet I dont need to see a podiatrist the engo and my Gp always look at my feet I think they have a feddish ????? lol
So if your feet hurt or start to look funny GO till then I would not spend the money on them .
Best wishes
Harlen

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-02-04 08:53:21 -0600 Report

Thanks for replying, that's what I was thinking. Why spend more money if you don't have to !

Harlen
Harlen 2011-02-04 14:23:53 -0600 Report

As long as your feel are great but if you see or feel any thing go to the Doc
Best wishes
Harlen

MewElla
MewElla 2011-02-04 08:22:24 -0600 Report

I only see my Internist and ophthalmolgist and dentist each year. No, I have not been to a podiatrist, but this year I need to add this one to my yearly exams…Thanks for making me think about this…