going to the doc tomorrow...

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-12-2006
going to the doc tomorrow...
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Thu, 06-04-2009 - 8:48pm

Hi all.

I've been trying for about a month or so to lower my high cholesterol/triglycerides levels.

Tomorrow, I have an appointment with a new internist (because my former one retired). And I do not know what to expect from the first visit.

I'm there to see if the doctor's a good doctor, plus, I'm there to ask him to check my overall health and to see if he can write up that I need a dietitian for my health insurance.

So, ladies, what can I expect from the visit? I think he'll be checking the usual: blood pressure, height, weight, throat, ears, and then, draw some blood from me to check my cholesterol level, but am I missing anything else? What else do they check for?

Thanks in advance.

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Registered: 05-09-2005
Fri, 06-05-2009 - 3:31am

I recently had my check-up, it was mostly answering questions, he checked my feet also (I need inlays), did an electrocardiogram as well and I think that was it. Ah, and don't forget the urine sample. I also asked him to check my thyroid, for this they just need more blood and at least here in Germany, you have to specifically ask for it. Here they also do a skin-cancer check every 2 years.

Good luck!

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Registered: 02-05-2008
Fri, 06-05-2009 - 12:08pm

I think a lot of this depends on your family history.

 
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Registered: 08-12-2006
Sat, 06-06-2009 - 12:51pm

Hey there, again!

So, I went yesterday to see/check the new doctor....

And, he's pretty good! He has a pretty cool attitude, knew his stuff -- I felt "safe" with him.

Although, in the beginning, before I even actually saw him, I felt uncomfortable because his office staff was totally loud and airing their dirty laundry while I was in the examination room (the girl left the door open). Let's just say they sounded like they weren't "happy campers" and I said to myself as I waited for the doc, "Gosh, what the heck did I get myself into?!" You might tell me that I'm being too critical, picky, sensitive or whatever, but I really think how an office staff acts around the patients is representative of the doctor. Then again, the staff is probably not getting paid by him, but through the hospital (the doctor's based in one of the hospital's buildings, so don't really know how that works).

Seriously, the girl who went to check my blood pressure gave me this "attitude" look! And when she had me fill out a records release form (because my ob/gyn's office wouldn't fax over my tests without it), she gave me another dirty look! Gosh, I hope she won't be the one to draw blood from me in two weeks!

Anyhow, I just needed to get that off my chest. Let me explain how the appointment went with the doctor.

He got most of my information and family history. He told me that because my ob/gyn took a random blood test (instead of a fasting test), the results won't be accurate. He finally received my blood tests from my ob/gyn's office and he was happy to see my LDL level. He said he's not concerned about my triglycerides, but the LDL level. The LDL level was low and he said that when I take the fasting blood test 2 weeks from now, it should be lower.

We spoke about getting a dietitian. According to the BMI chart, I am considered "obese". Ouch! He wants me to lose around 20lbs. or 30, if I choose to, but start out with 20lbs. for now. He gave me some good advice about losing weight and that was an interesting conversation.

I think I'm happy with him. He knew his stuff and that's one thing that's important to me.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-22-2007
Mon, 06-08-2009 - 2:41am
glad you feel comfortable with your new doc and that the appt went well!!! :)




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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-09-2005
Mon, 06-08-2009 - 3:53am
I am glad everything went well! One suggestion - Omega-3 are supposed to lower your LDL. I am taking half a gram every day and am bursting with energy too! Cranberry juice also, if I am not mistaken!
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Registered: 02-05-2008
Mon, 06-08-2009 - 1:26pm
I'm so glad that you like your new doctor!!
 
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Registered: 03-04-2009
Mon, 06-08-2009 - 1:52pm
Glad to hear your check-up went well!

 

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Registered: 08-12-2006
Mon, 06-08-2009 - 8:39pm

Hey all!

Thanks for the health tips! I'm taking fish oil capsules almost every morning. I read that it's supposed to help lower your triglyceride level.

Also, I've been snacking on stuff like almonds, macadamia nuts, hummus, etc. You know, the "good" stuff for ya instead of noshing on junk food. Whole Foods and Trader Joe's are slowly becoming my best friends! lol.

Unfortunately, though, I haven't lost that much weight as I was expecting to (I've been trying to "eat well" for about a month or so now). I know it's due to the medications I'm taking and my doctor warned me about that (and because of that, I won't be able to drop the poundage as quickly as others who aren't on medications). Oh well, I will keep trying. I gotta keep a realistic attitude about this! :)