what kind of doctor do I need for these problems?

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JustTina
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   Posted 1/26/2010 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I want my liver looked it, several of the blood tests came back funky. I also have a hiatal hernia & diverticulitus.

My GP had the ct scan done & sent me to urologist & a rheumie but no one for these other problems. Or will the rheumie send me somewhere else or take care of these problems?

I looked in my insurance book under internal medicine but when I call they were heart doctors & oncologists.

Irish Babe
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   Posted 1/26/2010 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tina and Welcome to the family!!
 
Just my suggestions, but for the liver you should see an endocrinologist. For the hernia and diverticulitis, I would suggest a gasto. I'm not sure what is going on w/ the liver, but I think the endo would be the dr.
 
Hope this helps and you start getting some answers - specifically, good news. yeah
 
God bless.  Alice.

LeilaLee
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   Posted 1/26/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Your doctor may feel that your liver issues are possibly autoimmune in nature. Thats why you would get referred to a rheumatologist.
A gastroenterologist would be good for your diverticulitis. I hope you feel better soon!

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Dagger
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   Posted 1/26/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd start with a gastroenterologist. They handle some liver issues. Your GP should be able to tell you what kind of doc would best suit your needs.

JustTina
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   Posted 1/26/2010 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, everyone I'll add these doctors to what seems to be a endless list of doctors here lately.

LeilaLee said...
Your doctor may feel that your liver issues are possibly autoimmune in nature. Thats why you would get referred to a rheumatologist.


Hepatitis kept popping up when I just did a goggle search for autoimmune & liver enzymes. My test for hepatitis came back negative. Do the other autoimmune diseases also affect the liver?

My rheumatoid factor came back positive, think around 84 & should have been 0 -13. I thought that was really high until I saw some other peoples results. I really don't know how they're are able to function.

LeilaLee
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   Posted 1/26/2010 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Sjogren's syndrome can effect the liver. There maybe other diseases too. I know there is an autoimmune hepatitis that is different from hep A, B & C. Your RF factor can get crazy high, but I'm not sure it neccesarily corelates with disease activity. Healthy people can be RF positive too. Also your likelihood to be RF positive tends to increase with age.

I definitely think the rheumatologist is a good place to start.
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JustTina
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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I hope someone he can figure something out or send me to someone today, the liver thing really worries me, guess because I haven't had anyone really take a look at it yet.

Of course I don't feel half bad today. Waited almost 3 weeks on this appointment. I told them last week if this is how long I'll have to wait in the future to see him when I'm in pain to cancel my appointment & I'd see someone else. She assured I would not. Looked up his ratings online last night & they weren't very impressive so I may shop around a bit if I'm not impressed with him today.

Sherrine
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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
A gastroenterologist would be the doctor you would go to.  Here is a definition of what they cover.

Gastroenterologist: A physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, and biliary system.

 
 
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