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Thoughts on dealing with doctors (long as usual)

Posted by wendyn on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015018)

I don't envy you - it's very tough to go into a doctor and 'really dig your heels in.' My advice to you would be to make sure he is 100%aware of how much this is impacting your life. You may want to bring in a list of your symptoms, how they started - what makes them worse, as well as any other physical symptoms that may be related (fatigue, weakness, started after a virus etc). Wait and see what he suggests for tests first..he may surprise you by coming up with some decent suggestions.

Be forewarned, if your doctor knows you've been doing lots of research trying to come up with your own information - it may change his attitude towards you and your problem. That's not to say that you shouldn't be an informed patient...but there's a difference between being an educated person - and being someone who is simply looking for potential health problems in themselves. We've all had this discussion before - and those types of people are out there. Your doctor probably sees people regularly that come in thinking they've got all sorts of bizarre ailments...when there may or may not be nothing physically wrong with them.

The last thing you want is to have your doctor lump you into that classification and not take you seriously...he may tell you to go home and read your 'It's all in your head' pain book.

I don't know you or your doctor..but you may make gains if you walk (or hobble) in there with a list of your symptoms, the significant impact on your life - and your desperation for answers. State that because whatever is happening appears to be nerve related, you feel a referral to neuro is in order. Then you may want to add that 'in the mean time, there's a number of other tests that I understand should be done...B12, diabetes, Lupus...' You may want to imply that this was suggested to you by a medical person. You don't have to say who - and it shouldn't matter since those are standard logical tests (according the medical doctors of practically everyone here).

On the other hand, if you tell him you've been frequenting an internet bulletin board, and your non medical, feet friends there say you need this and that - you're likely to find that he's not terribly receptive to what you have to say. Some doctors may be interested, but I'd be willing to bet that most won't be impressed in the least.

A little of topic, but this goes back to the recent discussion between Robin/Gordon/yourself/etc on self diagnosis. The internet has created a huge problem for the medical profession in this sense - because there are thousands of people surfing around with access to medical information that has only been available to doctors before. While it may be a good thing to have information about a condition you have, it can be misleading if you're trying to diagnose yourself. Read symptoms on pretty much any ailment - and you'll likely find at least one or two that you have....(just because I have a fever...does not mean I have the Bubonic plague, although that may be one of it's symptoms). Like em or not, doctors and specialists are still the only folks around with all the info needed to help figure out what's wrong with you.

Good luck Alan, let us know how it goes...I'll be thinking about you...I go for my acupuncture assessment early Monday morning....and if those needles hurt a lot I'll be remembering that you told me it was no big deal!!!!! :)



Re: Thoughts on dealing with doctors (long as usual)

Annette GE on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015021)

I beg to differ with you. Doctors are NOT the only ones with enough info and knowledge to know what is wrong with you. I went to a dozen doctors begging for help and they didn't know 's---'. I had to finally figure out I had systemic candida, leaky gut and mercury toxicity on my own. Most doctors are worthless in this situation. All they tell a person to do is go back to the psychiatrist or take Prozac and I have talked to DOZENS of people that have had the same experience with doctors.

Re: Thoughts on dealing with doctors (long as usual)

alan k on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015022)

What did you do for mercury toxicity? Did you get better?

Re: Thoughts on dealing with doctors (long as usual)

john h on 1/23/00 at 00:00 (015041)

wendy: ask your accupuncturist if he/she uses 'the five element' method of accupuncture which inludes 'fire'? also remember it will hurt a lot less if your accupuncturist looks like Brad Pitt. It really does not hurt.

Re: Thoughts on dealing with doctors (long as usual)

Annette GE on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015021)

I beg to differ with you. Doctors are NOT the only ones with enough info and knowledge to know what is wrong with you. I went to a dozen doctors begging for help and they didn't know 's---'. I had to finally figure out I had systemic candida, leaky gut and mercury toxicity on my own. Most doctors are worthless in this situation. All they tell a person to do is go back to the psychiatrist or take Prozac and I have talked to DOZENS of people that have had the same experience with doctors.

Re: Thoughts on dealing with doctors (long as usual)

alan k on 1/22/00 at 00:00 (015022)

What did you do for mercury toxicity? Did you get better?

Re: Thoughts on dealing with doctors (long as usual)

john h on 1/23/00 at 00:00 (015041)

wendy: ask your accupuncturist if he/she uses 'the five element' method of accupuncture which inludes 'fire'? also remember it will hurt a lot less if your accupuncturist looks like Brad Pitt. It really does not hurt.