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Old 06-22-2008, 05:10 PM   #71
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Well, GG, here we are off-topic (my fault) and I'll briefly respond by saying that I agree that younger doctors are better at patient communication (I also worked for a medical school/academic health center before I retired 2-1/2 years ago). I understand your distinction between the care and the system, but I am not sure I agree.
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:34 PM   #72
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I like my doctor because she doesn't mind being questioned, instead she just either explains it or checks into it first so she knows the information she is giving me is right. It is why I stick with her.

I have questioned just about every doctor I have been under the care of, and so far none of them seem to mind being questioned, having to explain things, or even offering me the opportunity for a second opinion. The exception is the ER doctors, they certainly do not like being questioned, especially by the nurses. That attitude has even led to a couple of dangerous situations for me when I was in the ER for chest pains.

The biggest problem I see with doctors today is that they are simply overwhelmed between numbers of patients and insurance headaches, I don't think it is fair I blame that on them. But that is the case where I am at, and the coverage I have. I don't get to see my cardiologist for three months, every other cardiologist and heart surgeon I have talked to says that is too long and inadequate follow up and care. I could blame the doctor, or I could realize that he is overwhelmed and therefore choose to go to another cardiologist that is not so overwhelmed with no hard feelings about having to do so.

Where you are in the country also seems to effect the quality of care and access to good doctors, so peoples experiences can vary wildly for great to ok to poor. So Karen may have a bad experience in a teaching hospital but GG could have great experiences in a teaching hospital. And so on and so forth...
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:12 PM   #73
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If you are carrying that much water, make an appointment with a cardiologist as soon as possible. You will be evaluated and put on the proper meds to help your problem. If you wait, it will probably become more of a problem.
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Old 06-22-2008, 07:17 PM   #74
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If you are carrying that much water, make an appointment with a cardiologist as soon as possible. You will be evaluated and put on the proper meds to help your problem. If you wait, it will probably become more of a problem.
The "sub" cardiologist told me it was okay 7 weeks ago. But, I am going to call my regular one tomorrow. I'm on heart meds already, but, he changed them and that could account for the pain, but, the edema was going on before, prompting the visit in the first place.
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:06 AM   #75
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texasgirl, I've stayed out of this thread because I know little about edema. I am reading the posts. I am concerned.

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Ok, way off topic, but, I'm tired of looking online and getting nowhere.
The last couple of months, I have had Edema. Substitute Cardiologist looked at my leg and said it was nothing. here's the thing, I can put my finger to it and leave a hollow for about 5 minutes or longer. I don't have ankles, I have cankles!! They are getting painful to walk on. Doesn't matter if I sit or walk all day, it's the same. I changed my shoes, the same. I don't eat salt and I drink water all day. Plus, I "glisten" a bit at work, since, the dept is in the shop. I have trouble sleeping more and more from cramps. I feel bloated all the time now, everyday. My clothes are not fitting and the almost overnight weight gain is ticking me off
I've already gotten a Thyroid slide done, so, it's not that.

Does anyone have any proven home remedies for this??
go see a kidney doctor. check kidneys and heart.
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:18 PM   #77
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Once again dear lady, Get thee hince to a good internist who has no fear of ordering a complete blood work up and in directing you to appropriate specialists as needed. None of us are qualified to offer medical advice and that includes me! The gist of everything said is as LT just said, qualified specialists but start with your personal physician. If that person is unconcerned about these situations then please quickly find another. !
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Old 06-23-2008, 12:24 PM   #78
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Once again dear lady, Get thee hince to a good internist who has no fear of ordering a complete blood work up and in directing you to appropriate specialists as needed. None of us are qualified to offer medical advice and that includes me! The gist of everything said is as LT just said, qualified specialists but start with your personal physician. If that person is unconcerned about these situations then please quickly find another. !
yeqah i called momma and she said to see doctors asap for kidneys and heart. Momma has her medical degree. 27 years of XP with ICU and what not.
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Old 06-25-2008, 08:05 PM   #79
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I am going to Cardio, mine, on friday morning. I will tell him what all is going on and the nurse was going to have all the tests that were done saturday brought up too. He's a good doc too. He listens and is slow and takes his time with you. Not hey how ya doin, good good, see you next time. lol. I am wondering on the kidney thing. Today I started having a really sharp pain, enough to stop me in my tracks for about 15 seconds. It has only happened about 3 times today and it just comes and then goes, like nothing. But, I know, I will be talking to dr about all of it. He may send me to someone or tell me to go to regular doctor, but, I want my meds changed anyways and my swelling looked at. It did finally go down, just to come back up by yesterday, lol.
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Stacy, that don't sound good.... please take care of you!!
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