At the time that all of this started in May 2016, I did not even have a Primary Care Physician as I was rarely ever sick, and I had not had one in over a decade. However, gaining 40 lbs. in 3 months last year and having an entire laundry list of symptoms which would appear shortly thereafter, that would soon change.
I found a Primary Care Physician who diagnosed me with Hypothyroidism, then proceeded to refer me out to a:
Cardiologist for a High Blood Pressure, Heart Murmur and Palpitations
Pulmonologist for Asthma, Allergies, and other Breathing Issues
Gynecologist for Mammogram, Yearly Pap, Incontinence, and Uterine Fibroid Tumors
Gastroenterologist for Elevated Liver Enzymes, Pain in my Stomach, Heartburn, and Pain on my Right Side
Neurologist for Daily Migraines or Headaches, Dizziness, Narcoleptic Episodes, Insomnia, Fatigue, Raw Nerve Endings, and Ringing in my Ears
Rheumatologist for Severe Joint Pain, Back Pain, Musculoskeletal Pain, and Issues with Walking
From there between the Gastroenterologist and Rheumatologist I would be diagnosed with PBC and would end up being referred out to a Transplant Hepatologist and Transplant Surgeon.
I learned very quickly in the beginning, however, that even though these doctors would refer you out they did not transfer your records or any testing results that had already been completed, and I was being asked to pay for duplicate testing which is quite expensive and not to mention time consuming. So I bought a Flash Drive, a 128 Gig Flash Drive that had enough memory on it to carry ALL of my Medical Records, MRI and Ultrasound Images, X-Rays, Lab Results, and Summary Pages from every one of my doctors visits... the doctors loved me for the convenience and it saved me a lot of time and money that I would have spent in duplicate testing.
So I guess the moral to this story is be prepared and get a Flash Drive.
Just FYI... Even though I may have PBC I have managed to lose 25 of those 40 pounds that I had gained and I am still slowly losing weight so not all is bleak. 😊