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Old 11-02-2011, 05:36 AM   #1
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Working with general practitioners

I'm going through my family doctor for my ADHD meds. Things go well when I go in for a visit. We are able to discuss things such as side effects, dosages, how we are going to proceed, etc. When I call into his office to ask a question, however, the only way I can deal with him is through his nurse, and sometimes it takes her 1-2 days to get back to me. Not only that, but because I'm using her as an intermediary it can take several days to clear up something that an actual conversation with my doctor would clear up in 5 minutes.

How do others fare in this area? For me it is a big source of frustration.

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I guess it depends on your health care system. I have an online system where I can email a message to my neurologist, primary, orthoro, etc..(all except my pdoc is out of system) and they are required to get back to me within 24-48 hrs for non-emergencies. It's pretty good. Depends on the individual office. It's called "My Chart" perhaps your area has something similar?

 
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Re: Working with general practitioners

Hey Aaron,

I have the same problem. My current solutions that I'm still working on completing (some of which I'm sure aren't viable for you) are as follows:
Googling "ADHD Specialist in _______", looking to see who appears most qualified, then calling to at minimum leave a message to speak with them.
Speaking to the counseling center at my university
Speaking to other friends who are ADHD / on my meds as well.

I'm starting to think that my GP won't cut it anymore for what I'm looking for, I want someone who can answer specific ADHD med questions without referencing something and getting back to me. I want someone who says "haha yea I spoke to a man last year that said the exact same thing! Here's how I was able to help him ..... want to try that?" I think a LMHC with a specialization in ADHD is what I've zeroed in on... try that... I'll let you know how my quest turns out if it's worth it

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I guess it depends on your health care system. I have an online system where I can email a message to my neurologist, primary, orthoro, etc..(all except my pdoc is out of system) and they are required to get back to me within 24-48 hrs for non-emergencies. It's pretty good. Depends on the individual office. It's called "My Chart" perhaps your area has something similar?
Hi stressless,
I wish I'd seen this sooner. That sounds like a great system and very convenient! I've resorted to faxing my doctor. Today is the second time I've done it, so hopefully it will work. It's better than paying for a visit every time especially if it works almost as well. Still wish I had "My Chart" like you.

 
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Okay, so my whole solution of using the fax machine to communicate with my doctor isn't working out quite as well as I had hoped. I faxed a letter to my doctor Wednesday afternoon asking if he could prescribe me a different medication. I heard nothing from his nurse yesterday so I called today and, lo and behold, they don't have the fax. Even though my fax machine at work said it went through successfully it seems to have disappeared into this air at the office. I faxed again this morning, and I'm about to call again (I guess) to ensure that they got it. Nonetheless precious time has been wasted because my doctor does not have an effective way to communicate with his patients without having to come visit him in person. And all this time I'm having to live my life in full ADHD mode without meds. I know I did it before, but come on! Let's get the show on the road!

 
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Wow, and I thought we had it easy in Canada. No doctor will give you a prescription without an office visit. Even refills for a regular prescription-because they can't bill for it. I guess we're stuck in the dark ages up here, or at least our provincial healthcare plan is. You can get a doctor to call you back though, and usually the same day.

 
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