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What type of Doctor do you Recommend?

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Hell everyone,
I have as some of you know been recently Diagnosed as a T2. Now that I have time to digest the fact that I will no longer eat Pizza, Sushi rolls, Chinese food, White Bread... And that list goes on... I realized that the only person to blame is myself... I made the determination that I will succeed in controlling my life not just the condition... Then it hit me... I need a New Doctor! Here is the history... a year ago I went in with a Leg that was Numb... X-ray, blood test, Gave me some Percocets and set up a follow up appointment... Said my Liver function was elevated and sent me for an ultrasound... for the back he sent me to PT. He never said... You BG is 104 and you are pre-Diabetes. I probably could not have done much because I can barely walk down the street from the back/leg pain, but I would have cut out the carbs! Now is my even bigger concern... I went in a month ago and saw him for aa Cough I could not get rid of and he told me it was from Acid reflux most likely to drink plenty of non Carbonated beverages like Gatorade. I told him that I was currently drinking over 200 ounces a day and I was always thirsty... He said cut out all caffeine. 2 weeks later I see him for a follow up and told him the cough is gone but I had not eaten in 4 days and had only slept for about an hour each day... He said try taking melatonin... then again I said I was drinking constantly even going to bed with a Gallon by the bed and it would be gone in the AM up all night urinating... Still Nothing. It was not till the Spine Clinic scheduled me for Surgery that I was tested... So needless to say a Doctor I once had faith in has let me down and now I want to change Doctors. My question is what kind of Doctor do you recommend to manage your condition? Endo? GP? Internist? I am not sure what to look for in my next Doctor.

Will Whitley
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You need an endocrinologist, Will, and if you can find one sub-specializing in diabetes, all the better. But any endo should be able to help you.
You need an endocrinologist, Will, and if you can find one sub-specializing in diabetes, all the better. But any endo should be able to help you.

this is spot on
For the type of doc, the most important thing is a good one. Some of them literally are drug addicts, or alcoholics. One of the most unfortunate things I ever did was stick with a bad doctor.

The stuff that happened to you is incredible. It might be worth looking at a malpractice lawsuit.

I just heard a pilot mentioning that he has to go for a check and update his training every 6 months. He has had a few incredibly bad experiences with doctors too, and he was wondering why they don't have to do the same.

He took his son in for a head injury and didn't like the attitude of the specialist, and decided to take his son somewhere else. A bit later he found out that the doc is going through a divorce and a malpractice suit at the same time.

He mentioned that this is another thing pilots are cautioned about. Don't fly during times of that kind of stress. When a pilot crashes something it hits the news big time because so many people are killed at once. Bad doctors tend to kill people one at a time and it doesn't get the same publicity.

I think it is extremely important. Maybe a supersticky at the top of all the forums, 'get a doc that you are impressed with.' You don't want one that you are depressed with.

I have had a couple bits of serious damage because of doctor mistakes and twice had prescriptions mixed up. What makes it worse is that people are usually so impressed with the term 'doctor' and are less likely to question anything that one of them says.

On average I live in a different city every 4 years and I ask around for references for a good doctor. If someone is enthusiastic about a reference, the doctor usually is good. If not, I try another one next time I need to see one.

I think a concern for doing things excellently yourself is a big help. That makes it easier to recognize the same in others.
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Johns Hopkins

Living in Baltimore, I'll wager you can find an excellent primary care physician and an endocrinologist through Johns Hopkins!

I live just a few blocks away from The University Of Pennsylvania Medical Center which has a special Diabetes Center called the Rodebaugh Diabetes Center, which is considered one of the best in the country. The head of the center, Dr. Mark Schutta, is my personal endocrinologist and I have a lot of confidence in him.
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