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How do I find the right doctor

By November 25, 2009 - 3:09am
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So I have a lot of problems. Just to name a few- night sweats, mood swings, nausea, all constant. I went to my doctor with a fever that lasted a week and told her that I feel something is wrong, I also told her I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years and can't( I'm 23) Also I only have a period once every 3 or 4 months. She said I'm fine and to see her in a month or 2. I need a different doctor obviuosly but I can't find one in my area that is accepting patients- should I just pick one out of the phone book?

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Hi, StayingPumped,

It sounds as though you may be experiencing some hormonal issues, with the night sweats, mood swings and extremely irregular periods. You most likely need an ob/gyn that has a lot of experience with these types of things.

Of course, word of mouth is one great way to get new doctor recommendations. If you work outside the home, are there women in your office who think their gynecologist is wonderful? Get those doctors' numbers and start from there.

If you are somewhere that you don't have a lot of contacts, you might start with two things: the phone book and the web. Start by looking on the web for gynecologists in your area. Many large practices now have websites where you can see the entire office staff and read bios of the doctors themselves.

You probably want a larger practice rather than a smaller one. In a larger practice, the doctors have more ability to leave the practice for updated training. In smaller practices, that is a lot tougher to do.

When you call an office, ask the receptionist, "Which doctor has the most experience with hormonal issues in young women?" and see if there is someone that specializes in that office.

What city and state do you live in, Anon?

November 26, 2009 - 9:29am
(reply to Diane Porter)

Thank you for the advice. I live in Asheville, North Carolina and unfortunatly even the doctors with credentials end up being either rednecks who tell me to go home and stop complaining or hippies who tell me my problems can be willed away. I've been googleing doctors but each one I call says they are not taking new patients. I have a sister the same age who hated her doctors and my roomates doctor did more damage than good so I can't really go by word of mouth. I think I'll try for an ob/gyn I'm just really nervouse that they'll say I have cysts or something.

November 28, 2009 - 3:07pm
(reply to stayingpumped)


You are providing some contradictory information that is concerning to me. You mention that you can't find a doctor due to some prejudices you may have about certain groups of people, but then you don't want to find a doctor because you are afraid s/he will find something is wrong (cysts)? Isn't that why you would go to the doctor, to either rule out a condition, or have it diagnosed so that it may be treated?

Either way, there are many great, qualified doctors in all areas of the world, regardless of the "type" of person they are, and as Diane mentioned, you will need to do some homework by calling their offices and asking what a particular doctor specializes in.

North Carolina publishes an annual list, "North Carolina's Best Doctors", published in the November 2009 edition of Business North Carolina magazine that would be great to review; hopefully there is an OB/GYN specialist who practices near Asheville.
(Source: http://www.dukehealth.org/HealthLibrary/HealthArticles/best_doctors_2009). This list will not rule out "rednecks" or "hippies", though! :-)

Lastly, Asheville, NC has a long list of OB/GYN from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecolgists (ACOG): Find a Doctor (ACOG). Just click "accept" to the terms, and click on your state for a listing.

November 29, 2009 - 8:49am
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