So I'm getting ready to move halfway across the country and am now tasked with finding new doctors! Finding a new Allergist is my top priority since I'm getting allergy shots. The Allergists I was looking at also treat asthma. I was wondering, do I also need a Pulmonologist? I've been seeing one here that I like but she really doesn't do much more than my Allergist does. My Allergist does the same spirometry test that I get done at the Pulmo.
Do you guys go to both? I'm wondering if they are both necessary. I feel like I have so many doctors. My PCP is also recommending I see a GI doctor for my acid reflux once I move, so add that one to the list! I wish I could get them all in one room and see them all at once! Haha.
The following user gives a hug of support to MeezerWheezer: MountainReader (07-07-2012)
I really think it depends on the doctors you find.
My original allergist was in an allergy/asthma clinic and treated both. I went there for 6 years for shots and follow-ups and he still didn't know who I was.
I switched my allergy treatments to an ENT who ran an allergy clinic, where everyone knows my name. I actually ended up with much much better and more aggressive care with the ENT. I also found myself a top notch Pulmonologist who was much more thorough in my health history and overall testing for my asthma. (He spent almost an hour with me at my last visit and it was a healthy visit this time.) For me, the combination of specialists is now my choice.
I also have a GI doc in the mix. It seems like the 3 specialities are often tied together with the allergy/asthma/acid reflux triad that often seem to to hand in hand.
I'm moving to a much more rural area than I live now, so it looks like there aren't a lot of doctors to choose from. I only found one Allergy & Asthma practice so far, so hopefully I like them! I'll start there and see if I feel like they can handle the asthma too.
I usually just see my allergist, and he does a great job. Last year, though, he sent me for a consult with a pulmonologist, because we were just having so much trouble getting my asthma under control. The pulmo had good ideas, but now that I'm under control I don't think I'll be seeing him any more, unless something totally unexpected happens.
I agree with what most of the other posters said. You obviously need an allergist, and most allergists are quite experienced in treating asthma, since the 2 go hand in hand. I also have allergic asthma & get allergy shots. My original allergist was great at treating both, so when he retired I switched to another dr in the practice, and I had complete confidence as well. As long as the drs are good and you like them, there is probably no need for a pulmo unless something new happens. In that case, your allergist would let you know that they wanted you to see a pulmo, I would imagine.