I just rescheduled my annual physical with my primary care physician. I needed to cancel my initial appointment in order to see my ENT.
All individuals with chronic illnesses need to have a competent primary care physician. I see multiple specialists for addressing my varied diagnoses, but my primary care physician is essential for the overall integration of my healthcare.
When you have multiple different diagnoses, you spend a lot of time seeing a wide array of specialists, and quite often, subspecialists. That being said, it’s all too easy to lose sight of the importance of addressing your health in general.
This includes scheduling periodic screening tests, including mammograms and pap smears. It’s important to complete bloodwork, to assess how specific medications are impacting your overall well-being.
Competent primary care physicians are able to see how various chronic illnesses impact one’s overall health and well-being. They also ask their patients about their current emotional state, since they recognize that it is very stressful to manage a chronic condition.