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Old 02-09-2007, 01:43 PM   #1
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first meeting with new Primary doctor

After a few years of going to a medical clinic and being in a factory-like atmposhere with uncaring doctors and very little time spent with the patient, I am finally going to my wife's doctor who has a private practice. My wife thinks she is amazing, so kind and very interested in you. A relatively new, young doctor with a new practice. I have scheduled an appointment for my annual physical and to tell her about a couple of the chronic, undiagnosed symptoms I had over the last couple of years that the previous clinic doctors just brushed off and called me a hypochondriac and a depressed person, and I even took some medication(what a disaster and a joke that was!). I never got quality time with any doctor there and they were always so rushed and uninterested. Typical HMO medicine. I don't need that kind of treatment from another doctor even though these symptoms(chronic abdominal discomfort) might very well be benign and I am willing to except that. I am generally very healthy and take good care of myself. My questions are as follows:

Would it be appropriate to fax the new doctor a brief history of the symptoms(including medical records) and just give her a "heads up" on what I am going to be seeing her for? Maybe if she knows in advance we will have a more productive meeting? What do would she think of this and is a common thing to do?

I just want to have a productive meeting with her as a patient and get everything out on the table in the time that we will have. I just want someone to listen and talk with me, not at me like I have experienced in the past and I am looking forward to having a doctor I can see and be under the care of for many years. That is how it was when I was younger with my pediatrician, but as an adult it seems to have changed.



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Old 02-09-2007, 08:28 PM   #2
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Re: first meeting with new Primary doctor

Your new doc is definitely going to need your medical records. I wouldn't send a fax talking about your symptoms because they make you fill out a form when you first go in anyways. You'll just end up writing it out again. When you first go in the nurse is going to ask a bunch of questions, then your doctors is going to ask the same questions the nurse just asked. I don't know why they do that.

Old 02-10-2007, 09:36 AM   #3
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Re: first meeting with new Primary doctor

Maybe because people get nervous in doctor's offices the same questions are asked twice in case you forget something? You might find it helpful to bring a list of previous illnesses and medical procedures as well as a list of current medications and vitamins. Also a list of questions you want to ask the doctor. I keep a small notebook with all that info with me 'cause I always forget something ! I also jot down the blood pressure and weight and all that stuff as well as the answers to my questions. It really helps to have it all written down especially if you get refered to a specialist for something. Of course if you like this new doctor ask for a form to send to your old doctors so they will send your medical records to the current doctor. And don't leave the office until all your questions are answered. It's your body and you only get one and doctors get to see hundreds! Good Luck and Good Health !

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