When is an endocrinologist necessary over a Primary Care Physician?
I was diagnosed with diabetes 2 about one year and a half ago. My PCP sent me a letter that I had diabetes 2. She didn’t have any information and never being a sickly person, I had no idea what to do. The PCP admitted diabetes was not her area. Where we live there are few specialists and a hospital like a clinic. I found the one endocrinologist (ready to retire) who sees patients one day a week, maybe. He had no answers since my numbers were not high, but I guess he felt obligated to do something so he asked about throwing medicines at the problem. I told him I didn’t see the reason for meds when I was just barely over normal. I told him I decided not to take anything, but to control with diet. I have read too many horror stories about Metformin and ads all over TV about other meds that have horrid side effects. So that’s what I have done for the time I’ve had this disease. I haven’t seen any change in numbers—higher in the morning and dropping during the day is typical. Blood checks in A.M and three hours after lunch. Sometimes higher; sometimes lower.
I’m wondering if I need to keep seeing the endo. when he’s doing the same thing the PCP does. For all practical purposes I am my own dr. There is no changing doctors where I live. One won’t take another’s patient. Since the elder endo. has basically retired except for once a week, he’s not available for anything except on Monday, if he’s in the office.
I know other people don’t have such poor health care available, but it’s that way where I live. I am thinking that since the endo and the PCP do the same tests and know the same that there is no point in seeing the endo. Seeing the PCP is enough, and she can run the numbers.
Any opinions? Thanks.