Finally, it’s a good idea to follow-up with your primary care doctor once you’ve seen the specialist. Since the primary care physician serves as the coordinator of patient care, it’s helpful if she is aware of the outcome of your visit. In my case, once the neuro-ophthalmologist honed in on my specific problem, he sent a detailed report of his findings to my primary doctor.
In a nutshell, I’ve found that starting with my family doctor is the best course of action when a new symptom pops up and I think I need specialty care. My primary care physician can assess my problem and point me in the right direction. In this way, I find that I don’t waste time (and money) seeing an orthopedist for a sore hip, when a simple warm compress would do the trick.
She knows the difference between a neurologist, an ophthalmologist, and a neuro-ophthalmologist, and she knows which one to refer me to, and when.
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