I have to articulate my desire to become a physician, and I'm having trouble explicitly stating my motivations. I work in a hospital and have been shadowing doctors, so I know that they essentially use their understanding of medical science to make diagnoses and come up with a treatment plans. However, I'm curious to know how the "calling" differs between people who want to become physicians, and people who want to become RNs. [more inside]
For the last few years I've been going to the Women's Clinic and PP for my routine exams, BC, etc. as needed but it's time to find a regular OB/GYN. I also need to replace my retired GP. Please refer me to your awesome doctors located in the Santa Monica/Venice/MDR/WLA area! [more inside]
Approximately two weeks ago (I think) I was out in the woods and was possibly bitten by something on the knuckle of my ring finger. The next day the spot ached in the joint, but no other symptoms. Over the last few days, though, the pain has returned and worsened, and now it appears to be getting puffy. Should I go see a medical professional about this? [more inside]
I got a small bill for lab work done as part of a routine annual exam. The entire amount should have been covered in full. At what point do I give up and just pay the bill? [more inside]
I'm looking for a concierge medical practice. People in this question, as well as on Yelp and other review sites, have raved about One Medical. Unfortunately, the nearest One Medical is in Berkeley and no way am I going to drive that far to see my doctor. I'd like suggestions on a good concierge doctor or medical practice in Central Contra Costa County. [more inside]
I am in Washington DC, not feeling well and would like to see a doctor. The problem: I don't have a doctor. How do I go about getting one? [more inside]
I recently went to a functional medicine doctor. The administrative staff has been negligent. She misdiagnosed me and recommended unnecessary testing. Not to mention the cost! I don't think I should go back, but should I write a letter? Details behind the cut. [more inside]
I don't really trust that I'm getting a good eye exam from my optometrist (chain store) and felt the same about the previous two (local practice and another chain store.) Given that I'm not a doctor myself, how do I find/get a better eye exam or gain a reasonable confidence I'm getting a good exam in my current situation?
I just started seeing a rheumatologist for my ankylosing spondylitis. She suggested a long term NSAID rather than just taking ibuprofen as I had been doing. She prescribed two options: diclofenac, which I tried, and Indomethacin, which I have not yet tried. I have questions about the new drug before I start it but my rheumatologist won't be able to respond for about a month. Should I see my family doctor or a pharmacist with questions about the new meds? Are either likely to be really familiar with a random medication?
How do I ask my new doctor for tranquilizers without seeming like a crazy drug addict? [more inside]
I'm anemic and have PCOS, and have been feeling increasingly crappy. I have been taking over the counter iron that includes zinc, vitamin c, and B vitamins (FabIron) for over a year; clearly, it is not enough. I have a doctor's appointment first thing tomorrow morning. What else should I ask my doctor, or ask her to do? [more inside]
YANMD. You may not even be a doctor. I was out on a 10 mile run this morning; at the end of the run, I realized that I had blood dripping down both my legs, stemming from a mole on my inner left thigh. [more inside]
I was among the unfortunate many who was not able to attend to Doctor Who panel at SDCC 2013 and thus did not have the pleasure of viewing the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer; I know Steven Moffat made it abundantly clear that he did not want to see anyone leaking the trailer, so I'm not really expecting to see any pirated versions. I guess the question I'm trying to ask is: When will the BBC allow the trailer to be public?
Maybe ten years ago at a Green Festival in SF my mom and I saw a documentary about a small town doctor, probably in upstate New York or some other part of New England, who gave safe abortions to women even though they were illegal, starting in at least the 1950s. My mom thinks the title was "Thank You, Doctor ------", but can't remember the name. This is bugging her, as she actually had an abortion with him back then. He saved hundreds of lives, but of course when I google search I end up with lots of anti-abortion propaganda. Can someone more skilled with searching help us out? It was a very small production. Thanks!
Just called a friend with a severed tendon to see how his visit to the doctor went and he was still in the exam room. He said he had to get off the phone because there was a sign saying "no cell phones in exam room." I'm wondering why the sign is there. He was alone at the time, waiting for the doctor to return. Is the rule due to an equipment issue, or is it because of doctors being annoyed by rude patients talking on cell phones while the doctor is examining them, or something else?
*It* hurts at the end. I already seen two different doctors (GPs) twice each, but don't feel like I am getting answer I need. I'm looking for suggestions for what I should ask/tell my doctor in a couple days. YANMD, etc. Details follow. [more inside]
Short version: Outpatient facility acknowledges they owe me money but has not paid up. Their eternal answer is "The check will go out Thursday. We know it was supposed to go out last Thursday but it will go out this Thursday. Promise!" It's been over a month now, and I've called several times a week. How do I get my money back? More details inside if you want them. [more inside]
How do I start getting treatment for my mental health problems, specifically, in Austin, TX? [more inside]
Looking for a doctor (GP) in Minneapolis. [more inside]
Am I wrong about how primary care vs. specialists works or is my doctor's offfice badly managed? [more inside]
My "ovaries are polycystic, but this is not a significant pathological process" -what? [more inside]
Obese and diabetic is no way to go through life son, so I want/need/have to exercise. Problem: Most entities (exercise programs, gyms, trainers) want a doctor's note from me to prove I won't drop fucking dead while attempting to exercise. I want to get a note (one singular note) from my doctor that will allow me to participate in as many different exercise programs as possible. What should the note say? [more inside]
My colorectal surgeon has only done a proctoscopy and says the blood in my stool is coming from my hemorrhoids. He wants to treat with sclerotherapy, but I don't want that kind of intervention and still have a weird feeling in my descending colon. What's the medical best practice in a case like this? [more inside]
Looking for a family doctor/pediatrician for newborn in downtown Toronto. [more inside]
How do i talk to my doctor about switching my prescription from Vicodin(hydrocodone)/Tramadol to oxycodone? [more inside]
So, I think I might be depressed, but I'm not sure, and I'm worried my doctor will think I'm just whining about nothing. [more inside]
I've been experiencing sore knees after running and I think it's time for me to seek some professional help. Where should I go for help? I was going to make an appointment with my primary care doctor, but I'm afraid he's not going to be able to help me much. Should I go straight to a physical therapist or a sports doctor or orthopedist? I just want to be able to run without pain again. [more inside]
Good primary care doctors in/near Baltimore? [more inside]
At a physical checkup I met a med-school student who was touring around with the doctor learning to diagnose, etc. She seemed sweet. Would it be weird to call the office and ask her to lunch?
What sort of things did doctors learn in medical school in the 1800s? [more inside]
My 12-year-old wants to get her ears pierced, and I'm wondering about the pros and cons of having it done at a doctor's office versus at the mall. Any advice or experiences from the hive mind comparing these two options would be much appreciated. [more inside]
I am looking for a Throat and vocal specialist in the Metro Detroit area. [more inside]
So I've been watching 1970's Doctor Who on the BBC iPlayer. The Tom Baker section lists stories available on the iPlayer as 1,2,3,4,5,9,10,12,13,14 (this is nothing to do with any other story numbering). Is there a trick to getting the missing numbers (6,7,8,11), or did they just err? And does anyone know if there is more classic Who likely to be added in the future?
I have self-diagnosed the lump on the inside of my left wrist as a ganglion cyst. My GP's on a vacation for two weeks. This isn't urgent, is it? I can wait till he gets back, right guys? [more inside]
Chicagomom/dad filter: looking for an awesome pediatrician for our brand new guy. Got one you love, that you're willing to share? [more inside]
YANMD, but I fainted last night and I'm a little worried.... [more inside]
Are there any ENFPs (Myers-Briggs Type) medical doctors out there with advice on how to get through all of the mundane, logical coursework that prerequisites and medical school classes entail? [more inside]
Doctors scare me. Meds scare me. I have to set an alarm to take my bc everyday or I'll forget. Make it go away!
Birth control - how do the monthly prescriptions work? [more inside]
I know I probably need to see a doctor, but the question is, which kind? [more inside]
How can I get a quick appointment with a medical specialist? I have gastroparesis and it has recently gotten bad - I am significantly underweight and I am continuing to lose weight because I am not able to take in enough calories. I have gone to a couple of generalist gastroenterologists before but they didn't help me at all. I found some gastroparesis specialists a couple hours away from me, but the next available appointment isn't until the summer. I have done some research and haven't found any other nearby doctors with this specialty. Does anyone know of a strategy I can use to get an earlier appointment? [more inside]
Which doctor do I look for regarding throat issues? [more inside]
Is there a general consensus in the medical world regarding whether it is better or not to use fever reducing medications (aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc.) for medium-grade fevers? [more inside]
I am looking for a good orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee injuries in NYC, specifically in Manhattan. Who fixed you up and got you running again?
I know you are NMD, but can you help me find a good one? I have a venous malformation that I've had for years, and have tried various treatments without much success, so I need a new doc. Any suggestions for a really good vascular doctor in NYC?
II have a painful swelling at my tailbone that I think is a pilonidal cyst. I'm traveling and can't see my doctor until next week. What should I do?
I have a painful swelling at my tailbone that I think is a pilonidal cyst. I'm traveling and can't see my doctor until next week. What should I do? [more inside]
Which doctor should I go to if I think I have an infection in my mouth: a dentist or a physician? [more inside]
CBS News Radio, ~30 years ago. A medical doctor did a regular column. What was his name? [more inside]
So. Background: I'm in great shape. Eat well. Drink lightly. Work out at the gym a couple times a week and do martial arts. I'm also in my late twenties. Last few days I've had a tight feeling in the front of my chest, like a dull, centralized ache. I suppose it could be muscle pain, I did change my workout routine recently. But I've also found myself really short on breath intermittently. (It's hard to describe, kind of a fluttery, panic attack, 'can't catch your breath,' 'butterfly in my heart' feeling.) Coincidence? Could be. So the question is, should I be running off to see a doctor? I know they say to consult a doctor about ANY chest pain, but who likes to see doctors, and why would my heart be ailing anyway? I'm inclined to pass it off as nothing, but...
Careers for a medical school drop-out? [more inside]
A friend is looking for a fat-friendly general practitioner in Austin, TX. (Someone who subscribes to the idea of health at every size would be ideal — though really it doesn't matter how they label themself, as long as they're generally sensitive about body-image/weight/food issues. We've seen this fat friendly health professionals list, but the one GP listed in Austin is apparently no longer practicing here.) Suggestions? [more inside]
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