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Which doctor?? Which doctor??

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Unread 10-02-2003, 01:35 PM
Which doctor??

Please help me decide which doctor to go back to.
I went to a new doctor really out of desperation because I was feeling so lousy in June for a complete physical. One of the reasons I chose this particular doctor was because she was not only a MD but a homeopath also..thought she would be really responsive to the "whole me". And she was. She spent a tremendous amount of time with me, and is the one that initially found the mass that prompted my hysterectomy. She is the one managing my hormones. She is a big fan of compounded hormones and has me on BiEst/ProgSR. She is also very expensive and not on my insurance (neither is the compounding med)
My GYN is also a woman, my age. I really like her also, but she has a very busy practice and I sometimes feel rushed when I am with her. (I hadn't really seen her in several years cause I was bad and didn't go to the doc!) She thinks compounding is unnecessary and wrote a prescription for Estrace (i think). This doc is on my insurance and the Estrace is covered.

OK..here's the deal. I am having the chills/itching still. Based on the responses here, it might be hormone related. I am also kind of emotionally falling apart and I don't know if it's hormone related or grief (my mom died unexpectedly 9 months ago) or both. I know for a fact that MD will listen, and I feel fairly confident that GYN will if I am very specific when I make the appointment. Should this be a money based decision? I know that finding the right hormone can be a long ride..but where do you start? Which doc should I believe? Which doc should I call about this darn itching??? LOL

Sorry this is so long!
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Unread 10-02-2003, 02:30 PM
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Does your insurance have an "out of network" clause where they'll pay at least part of the doctor visit?

For 3 years I took my kids to a doctor who was not covered by our insurance because he was phenomenal with them. Both kids liked him and so did I...and felt it was worth the $$ to see this doctor. Eventually, luckily, insurance started covering this doctor's clinic.

If you can afford the doctor you're most comfortable with and that you think will do the best job, that's the one I'd pick.

Unread 10-02-2003, 04:08 PM
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Will your "covered dr" send you to an endocrinlogist that is covered?

I guess, it comes down to what you can afford to do. If you have the money and feel better with the uncovered dr., go for it. Before I had health coverage, my dr. would really work with me about treatment. He would send home all sorts of samples, if you decide on the dr. of your choice, you might could discuss how to keep costs down.

Insurance companies suck!

Good luck

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Unread 10-02-2003, 04:10 PM
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