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What Can Your PCP/Family Doc Do For You?

What Can Your PCP/Family Doc Do For You?

Once again a number of new members.

While there are some Veterans who have found this group, many are newly diagnosed.

If that's you, you might be shocked, confused, upset or even depressed, but usually all are scrounging for answers and some have already learned that their Primary Care/Family Doctor "don't know Jack about Diabetes", which has just led to more confusion.

PCP/Family Doctors are "experts in nothing" much less a chronic metabolic disorder that is different in every single… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

My "diabetes Doc" is not an Endo, he is a professor of Clinical Medicine at the University Med School.

His focus is more on the clinical technique/treatment of (many) diseases so is more straight forward - I really like his approach. But it is typically my Family Doc that I deal with most the time unless I have a question that is beyond her (understanding).

And you can really tell she is working from a "checklist" - goes over the numbers - A1C/eGFR/Potassium/Cholesterol - takes your BP, asks all the "standard questions" - any sign of neuropathy, forgetfulness, and other dysfunction etc and then on my way I go.

But being totally honest, my Pharmacist and my Dietitian are better equipped to answer most of my questions (at least at this point) then either of my Doctors.

Add in the Diabetes Counselor that makes up our working group and I really don't need a Doc for advice - those 3 do "diabetes for a living".

edited, originally posted 22 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I do have an endocrinologist and have had him as one of my doctors for a few years. I was diagnosed by my PCP with hyperthyroidism and put on Levothyroxine 100mg each day. My endocrinologist not only took me off this medication but he also found 2 nodules on my thyroid and is watching them closely. A third nodule has been detected and is growing quickly.

At one of my visits to see him earlier this year, I told him that I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I asked if he would be willing to treat my diabetes and he said yes. He told me that I need to lose weight and he handed me some brochures and leaflets and sent me on my way. To be honest, I got more information from my PCP, who is also an internal medicine doctor, than I get from my endocrinologist. I was very disappointed. My endocrinologist is more interested in my thyroid and the nodules than in treating my diabetes.

That’s just my experience with my PCP and endocrinologist…

posted 23 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Roxybaby I take Jardiance too and it was my cardiologist that prescribed it for the same reasons!

posted 22 days ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I go to an Endo for thyroid and diabetes.
I c her every 4 months. I told her i wanted off Metformin, diarrhea, and on Jardiance. The gastric issues are gone. My cousin is monitored closely due to heart and kidney issues. She takes Jardiance, as her cardiologist likes it. Helps the heart. Thats my story and im sticking to it.

posted 22 days ago
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