Knowing when to see a doctor is tough. For some, anything less than an appendage falling off is minor and can be dealt with. For others, any sniffle and sneeze could trigger a visit. How can you know when it’s time to enlist a medical professional? I am going to answer this question by offering an objective view of the medical care landscape and some health signs that COULD be a big deal.
Myth: “All doctors are the same.”
Medicine is NOT a one size fits all profession. It’s important to see the right doctor for the specific concern you have, or you could end up wasting your time and not getting the answers you need.
Knowing what type of doctor to see, and when, is tricky. Here are a few providers that should be on your Care Team:
Primary care Doctor (PCP), usually an (MD) or (ARNP): Consult with your PCP once per year for a check-up and recommended screenings
Naturopathic Doctor (ND): Your Naturopathic Doctor will spend a great deal of time getting to know you. Many people who see their ND at least twice per year have limited longterm health concerns. That's because NDs provide preventative care and also investigate the root cause to both acute and chronic diseases (in most states, Naturopathic Doctors can also serve as your PCP).
Urgent need provider, often a nurse practitioner (ARNP) or physician assistant (PA): See this provider when you have an urgent medical need like a sprained ankle or a severe cold
Dentist (DDS): It’s true! Clean your teeth twice per year to help avoid illness.
Therapist (PhD or Master’s level psychologist): Life is stressful! Sometimes you just need to talk it out.
Dermatologist (MD or PA): For annual skin scans - especially important for those who spend a significant amounts of time outside.
Physical Therapist (DPT): Pulled a muscle that just won’t heal? These are the professionals to get you moving again.
Myth: “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.”
Ever heard of a slow fade? Most health concerns start as something small; when there’s a big deal brewing. Searching Google for low testosterone, testicular pain, heart disease, and depression – then sorting through the self-diagnostic quizzes available online – can really confuse a man! This is where your Naturopathic Doctor can help you sort through the weeds. They will pay extra attention to how you do life best, and make sure your health supports your goals and hobbies.
Here are a few symptoms NOT to ignore:
Feeling less like yourself (low libido, self-esteem, enjoyment, and motivation)
Insomnia and daytime sleepiness
Extreme thirst, hunger, or sweating
Difficulty with, or frequent urinating
Mood swings (including increased worry, irritability, and prolonged sadness)
Discussing these symptoms with your doctor can help you prevent major illnesses that could significantly impact your life. If you're searching for someone to provide you with direct answers so that you can be the best version of yourself, look no further. Book an appointment with me here to work one-on-one or build your own team of holistic practitioners! Reach your optimum health in-person or online.
Author: Dr. Mariss Boyd, ND
FOR MORE RESOURCES ON MEN'S HEALTH, CHECK OUT:
World Health Organization. (n.d.). Infertility. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/infertility
This information is generalized and intended for educational purposes only. Due to potential individual contraindications, please see your primary care provider before implementing any strategies in these posts.