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Re: [IP] Do DMers need primary care doctors?



well now i really feel awful>>>i have just recently lost my endo (he is a
captain in the air force outside of st.louis) he was the reaon for my pump,
letting me experiment with humlog when it first came out, helped me with my
teeth problems, colds, eyes... and on and on and on. he is missed already...
----- Original Message -----
From: <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Saturday, June 17, 2000 11:03 PM
Subject: Re: [IP] Do DMers need primary care doctors?


> Hi
>
> My endo treats my endocrine problems. Period. He also monitors my lipids
and
> other factors that DM is a risk factor for. I have a family practice doc
as
> my primary care physician. He is also my "gatekeeper," who refers me to my
> specialists, as my insurance company requires.
>
> BTW, the local endo (who is a friend of mine) has told me he does not feel
> competent to treat sinuses, colds, flu, etc. -- just endocrine problems.
>
> In addition, there is a shortage of endos right now. If you're an endo,
you
> can pretty much write your own ticket and go anywhere you want. They may
be
> too busy taking care of endocrine disorders to also be a primary care doc.
>
> Jan (and Elvis)
>
>
>
> In a message dated 6/17/00 10:11:57 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
> email @ redacted writes:
>
> <<  Recently, I went to a new endocrinologist who asked the name of my
>  primary care doctor. Surprised, I answered that I expected him to play
that
>  role. DM is the only reason I see a doctor regularly, and the
diabetologist
>  can treat any problem that doesn't require specialized training in other
>  fields. Right?
>      Wrong. He informed me that my experience is out of date. The standard
of
>  care has changed.  He treats ONLY DM. I must sign up with a primary care
>  physician. This person conducts physicals and advises on matters not
related
>  to DM, such as infections, colds, etc.
>      Is he correct? Should I sign up with another physician even though I
am
>  almost never sick? And shouldn't the diabetologist be involved in
treating a
>  diabetic's colds, infections? What are other pumpers doing? >>
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