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Doctor has discharged me

Posted by DaNita on 12/21/98 at 00:00 (002783)

Today I went to my last doctors appointment with my foot doctor after going to her for almost 3 yrs.. I told her I had Fibromyaligia and she said that that must be my problem. cause she doesn't know what else to do for me.My case has been difficult but she is the doctor, she seemed to have all the answers when she wanted to do 2 surgeries on my foot. So she said she is discharging me as her patient. Does this mean the last surgery she did on my foot didn't have to be done. Or is this just her way of passing the buck?

Re: Doctor has discharged me

Bea on 12/22/98 at 00:00 (002784)

I'm sorry to say its sounds like another incompetent doctor unable to admit he can't help you. I think its time to try the less orthodox treatments & see what works for you.

Re: Doctor has discharged me

Gina on 12/22/98 at 00:00 (002788)

In my opinion, your doctor is using the fibro. as an excuse to finally tell you that she doesn't know what to do. Too bad, she didn't have enough integrity to tell you that a while back, like before your surgery. To me, being discharged from this Dr. is no great loss; look for another (although new doc may say everything has already been tried, as they tell me) or try alternative treatments like acupuncture, message therapy, etc. I'm trying acupuncture but after initial pain relief, seem to have stopped making progress as treatments continue (just finished #4).

Re: Doctor has discharged me

Robin on 12/22/98 at 00:00 (002789)

Take heart. There are alternative treatments left to try, new doctors to see, maybe new therapies around the corner. I know how easy it is to get discouraged -- probably not two days go by that this PF doesn't have me in tears. I can't even remember what life was like when I didn't have to constantly think about my feet. But you just never know what tomorrow may bring. Even modest relief is welcome for us.

My experience with doctors been that many are comfortable with a problem as long as they can make a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment. When they can't make a valid diagnosis or when they offer treatment that doesn't work -- and you, the patient, keep coming back and coming back wanting some else that DOES work -- that's when they get uncomfortable. And sometime discharge you, or else treat you so badly but keep taking your $$$$. Rare is the doctor who says, 'Gee, I don't know what to do now. Maybe we should try....' I think it's their training -- in spite of it being the 1990's, I think docs are still trained to think of themselves as healing deities: only when they diagnose it correctly and render treatment that 'cures' do they feel successful. Not much else gets dealt with. So we PFers must be a constant reminder of their infallibility. Anyway, you are among friends here. So even if you feel bad, at least you don't feel alone.