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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - CVID
Common Variable Immune Deficiency
When do I decide that this is not working and leave town for a second opinion? Is it of any use to have someone else review the situations and see where we are? Do I take all my CAT scans, MRI's, labs, records, etc, or do I need to have them retaken at the other institution? How do I keep my relationship with my doctor intact?
Answer: The best of us sometimes gets tunnel vision. This can be particularly true if you have
been taking care of the same person for years and a new problem arises. A second opinion is
always helpful, if nothing more than to re-secure your opinion of your primary physician. I
never mind if patients desire a 2nd opinion and any secure physician won't either. Indeed,
good ones will line up the opinion for you. I doubt that you'd need to leave Cleveland. Just
see another competent physician and let their mind peruse your data. Take the films with
you since repeating them is a waste. Maybe you don't want to focus entirely on the immune
deficiency because another problem might have arisen. I would find a community physician who is a good clinician, regardless of their academic credentials.