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Old 11-07-2011, 23:52   #1
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After a few months of whimping out, I finally found another doctor to replace my endo (after having a total falling out earlier). I'm in this annoying state of not having any doctor who can help adjust the stupid blood pressure meds she left me on, prescribe test strips, run an A1c, etc.

After all the drama with the previous doctor's office about how I am killing myself with my diet, refusing to help me get off of my blood pressure medication, etc the possibility of having another doctor yell at me makes is hard for me to even think about going to another.

But we persevere! This doctor was found on Jimmy Moore's low carb physician network page so I sure hope they are willing to work with me. Frankly since they aren't covered by insurance, they better be because I'm not wasting any more more money on unhelpful doctors. If I had known I would be switching insurance 3x in 1 year (restarting that damn deductible each time!) I would have gotten one of those health savings accounts...

Sorry for the venting. I'll report back on Saturday with how the visit went and if I am going to break in this new doc or not. Wish me luck!

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Best of luck. Hope this goes well !

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Good luck with the new doc. Basically I don't care what my doctor says about my LC diet. I know by my bg meter that it works and my HbA1c shows it. He can yell at me about my lack of carbs, I just don't listen. I am the one who manages my diabetes not him. I just need him to write the Rx's for the drugs I want.

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Good luck! I'm still trying to find a doctor I don't hate. They all try to send me to nutritionists or diabetes classes or tell me my A1c is too low. The doctor is the gatekeeper of my Metformin and lab work, so I have no other choice but to go. This is why I'd love to get off medication one day - to not be so beholden to my physician's view on how I should manage my diabetes.

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I think a good doctor is as important as a good hairdresser..it's always worth shopping for one that is prepared to listen...good luck!

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Oh boy oh boy! I think I won the doctor lotto. The appointment was 2 hours and included a physical, EKG, body composition and initial diet advice / QA. I came prepared to battle if necessary over low carb, high fat, LDL, etc. Instead I was bowled over by the amount of current scientific knowledge this doctor has.

* He thinks LDL is meaningless unless you do a VAP/NMR to measure particle size, and said if anything he cares about HDL/Triglycerides ratios, the total amount not so much.
* We discussed gluconeogenesis for 15 minutes and he even changed my mind on a point or two.
* Wasn't phased at ALL by LCHF, and he uses the term without fear.
* Is 100% down with gluten/grain free, avoiding starches, etc to control BG. He also had some easy to remember ticks to calculate GI (carbs / fiber > 6 is too high).
* Recommended that I get enough sodium and other electrolytes like magnesium and potassium because of the diuretic effect of the ketogenic diet.
* Dealt with my white coat hypertension like a champ. The nurse took it when I first arrived, saw it hit 170+ and stopped immediately saying "let's do this after you see the doc". He then quietly redid it after the physical, without discussing it beforehand so that I wouldn't get anxious. 134/74 yay!

I was ready to call and cancel an hour before the appointment and was almost skipping out of the room afterwards. I'm glad that I didn't lose my nerve.

I'll report back with my progress; he's going to help me lose the last 40 lbs since after losing the first 60 I have hit a brick wall.

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Wow! I'm in Chicago, too. Now I want to see this doctor!

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* We discussed gluconeogenesis for 15 minutes and he even changed my mind on a point or two.
Daytona! Now, you can't drop a comment like that without sharing. Next time please take a recorder and upload the audio - he sounds incredible!

You deserve a doc like this. We all do, we just don't happen to live in Chicago <checking airfares>

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Wow! I'm in Chicago, too. Now I want to see this doctor!
I wasn't sure if it was allowed to post the name? I'll PM it to you.

They specialize in weight loss so I'm not sure if they are willing to serve as a general doc but they are all MD's (often with multiple specialties like cardiology + bariatrics or gynecology + bariatrics) and can prescribe any meds that I need, run tests etc.

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