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    Seeking new doctor.

    I got a letter from my medical insurance yesterday indicating my doctor is retiring on December 31, 2012. I am in search of a new doctor. He was just an internist and infectious disease doctor.

    There are now many sci doctors around here. So, what should I look for?

    Thanks!
    T
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    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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    Depends on your needs. Physical medicine & rehab (PM&R) docs are generally more helpful than others. A neuro specialist and/or a urologist aren't bad to have connections with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanium4motion View Post
    I got a letter from my medical insurance yesterday indicating my doctor is retiring on December 31, 2012. I am in search of a new doctor. He was just an internist and infectious disease doctor.

    There are now many sci doctors around here. So, what should I look for?

    Thanks!
    T
    i
    Regardless of specialty, a doctor with excellent communication skills is highly desirable. This is an extremely important relationship, so feeling comfortable with him/her should be a high priority. An internist is often only a gateway to other specialists, so it's worth discovering what they're referral network is. A physician who works in a teaching hospital is also a plus as they see a greater variety of patients, have greater exposure to the latest research and, not to over-generalize, are more motivated to helping patients than making tons of money.

    My longest and most important doctor-patient relationship at this point in my life is with my urologist, who sub-specializes in SCI neuro-urology. He's administered all of my botox treatments -- the most liberating medical breakthrough of my SCI life -- always with impressive skill. Responds to emails quickly, and (pardon the pun) is never a dick.

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    If you're willing to travel to Toledo, I can give you some names.

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    To find a physiatrist, start here:

    http://www.aapmr.org/patients/findph...s/default.aspx

    Once you identify a possible candidate(s) you can identify those who are also board certified in Spinal Cord Medicine here:

    https://www.certificationmatters.org...earch-now.aspx

    While most of those who have Spinal Cord Medicine board certification are physiatrists, some are neurologists, urologists, or orthopedists. It varies.

    They should be able to refer you to a good neurologic urologist as well.

    (KLD)

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    The neuro I think is big. Another thing, MAKE SURE you ans tthe doctor are on "the same page" - attemting to achieve same goal.

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    Look for a physiatrist with a relationship with an academic hospital or ?the best rehab facility near you. Ask around to any SCI folks in your area who they recommend, if you know any.

    But I would still recommend you find an internist for your regular health needs. My father's SCI physiatrist said that he is a primary doctor for many of his patients, but he was clearly NOT a good internist and I am very glad we continued with my father's primary care doctor. Remember, physiatrists are not trained in general medicine .... which is actually getting very complicated these days... so still look for a primary care doctor (internal medicine specialist). I would also look for a PCP affiliated with an academic hospital/major medical center, so that they are likely to know a lot of the specialists you might need to be referred to if anything pops up.

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    Found one!

    I found a physiatrist in my area.

    Thanks for your help.

    Ti
    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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