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Posted by paula gr on 4/04/01 at 19:24 (043631)

have many others here had unbelievable frustration with doctors, pods, physical therapists. seems like the dozen or so i've had these last pf nightmre months have been sleepwalking thru my treatment. don't gave a darn, take my money . unbelievable incompetence or meanness or both. what's up. my bad luck, or the medical profession in general? hard to carry on with really little hope that the next one ( i start with a new pt next week, and i need a pod who has heard of a medial wedge) will be any better than the legions of medical professionals before them

Re: I understand

paula gr on 4/04/01 at 23:08 (043656)

i am a middle class professional with a master's degree, clean hair and clothes and organized notes. so heaven help those in a lower class or education bracket if that's what you've found. maybe we better get joan rivers and her daughter to rate our outfits before we venture forth to the podiatrist. seriously , i'm sure you are right about that as deep and as caring as i've found the medical profession to be ( i do have one exception, my endocrinologist is a caring guy. sure need a foot doc tho.

Re: The Joan Rivers Foot Fashion Show

Cynthia D on 4/05/01 at 06:35 (043664)

Oops I definately didn't mean to offend, but I'm not sure that I did. It's hard to 'see' people's expressions through just the written word. Too bad that we are all judged by our first impression, but it's so true! Doctors shoud have more compassion, though, don't you think? I hope you find a good one this time!

Yes, we definately should bring Joan Rivers here! She would have a 'feast' with us. Maybe she could emcee the pf sufferers retreat as we all arrive. Her comments would be something like: 'over here comes a lady with socks with Birkenstock sandals - eeeeeew........ Over here is a lady and a gentlemen in formal attire with sneakers - oh, is that orthotics inside? Yuk ......... And excuse me? here comes a lady wearing some sneakers that have a spring coil where the heel should be? What's going on with these people? We need to send in a truck of 'normal' shoes for them!!!!' She would have a ball, no?

Re: The Joan Rivers Foot Fashion Show

paula gr on 4/05/01 at 09:48 (043692)

you didn't offend at all, i just took your statement as one more item in my list of heartlessness of med profs in general (altho i know there are exceptions, but how to find one for my feet?

Re: The Joan Rivers Foot Fashion Show

Beverly on 4/05/01 at 14:03 (043722)

Well, I will definitely flunk the fashion test, because I almost always wear my Birk sandals with socks.

Seriously though, on going to the doctor, I'm not sure that beyond the need to be clean, it really makes any difference how one is dressed in terms of his/her attitude towards the patient. I too, have a master's degree/am a professional, go in loaded with notes, but I feel no compulsion to give the doctor a fashion show. I have a love affair with my bathtub, and so I am always clean, but in terms of clothes... in the summer the doc sees me in shorts and in the winter, I go in jeans and sweats. I don't think I've ever bothered to put on makeup for him unless I was wearing it that day anyway.

My personal opinion is that once the usual protocal of rest, orthodics, shots, and PT fail, doctors don't know what to do with PF. I think that if you don't get well in the amount of time expected, unless an underlying cause is found, most doctors just end up questioning whether the patient is really in all that much pain. Yes, there are a few jewels out there, but they are few and far between.

I have an upcoming appt. in April with a sports medicine doc. After dealing with this for a year, I don't expect him to pull anything new out of his hat. I'm going to hopefully get a renewel of my PT script and to get my ankle looked at more closely. And I want to pick his brain for what he knows about Texas docs doing EWST.

So, yes, I can sympathize with anyone who feels brushed off at the doctor's office.
Beverly

Re: The Joan Rivers Foot Fashion Show

Cynthia D on 4/07/01 at 08:12 (043898)

Yes, Beverly you are so right! It seem the treatment protocol reaches an end eventually if you are long term pf suffers like we are, and unless you want to have surgery, they do run out of options for treatment eventually. And even those with failed surgeries are in a greater zone of 'no return'. Thank goodness there are new treatments out there such as the shockwave ones so at least we can have hope. I think mine is starting to work now, but I don't want to jinx it by saying too much! Good luck at your sports medicine specialists.

Re: I understand

paula gr on 4/04/01 at 23:08 (043656)

i am a middle class professional with a master's degree, clean hair and clothes and organized notes. so heaven help those in a lower class or education bracket if that's what you've found. maybe we better get joan rivers and her daughter to rate our outfits before we venture forth to the podiatrist. seriously , i'm sure you are right about that as deep and as caring as i've found the medical profession to be ( i do have one exception, my endocrinologist is a caring guy. sure need a foot doc tho.

Re: The Joan Rivers Foot Fashion Show

Cynthia D on 4/05/01 at 06:35 (043664)

Oops I definately didn't mean to offend, but I'm not sure that I did. It's hard to 'see' people's expressions through just the written word. Too bad that we are all judged by our first impression, but it's so true! Doctors shoud have more compassion, though, don't you think? I hope you find a good one this time!

Yes, we definately should bring Joan Rivers here! She would have a 'feast' with us. Maybe she could emcee the pf sufferers retreat as we all arrive. Her comments would be something like: 'over here comes a lady with socks with Birkenstock sandals - eeeeeew........ Over here is a lady and a gentlemen in formal attire with sneakers - oh, is that orthotics inside? Yuk ......... And excuse me? here comes a lady wearing some sneakers that have a spring coil where the heel should be? What's going on with these people? We need to send in a truck of 'normal' shoes for them!!!!' She would have a ball, no?

Re: The Joan Rivers Foot Fashion Show

paula gr on 4/05/01 at 09:48 (043692)

you didn't offend at all, i just took your statement as one more item in my list of heartlessness of med profs in general (altho i know there are exceptions, but how to find one for my feet?

Re: The Joan Rivers Foot Fashion Show

Beverly on 4/05/01 at 14:03 (043722)

Well, I will definitely flunk the fashion test, because I almost always wear my Birk sandals with socks.

Seriously though, on going to the doctor, I'm not sure that beyond the need to be clean, it really makes any difference how one is dressed in terms of his/her attitude towards the patient. I too, have a master's degree/am a professional, go in loaded with notes, but I feel no compulsion to give the doctor a fashion show. I have a love affair with my bathtub, and so I am always clean, but in terms of clothes... in the summer the doc sees me in shorts and in the winter, I go in jeans and sweats. I don't think I've ever bothered to put on makeup for him unless I was wearing it that day anyway.

My personal opinion is that once the usual protocal of rest, orthodics, shots, and PT fail, doctors don't know what to do with PF. I think that if you don't get well in the amount of time expected, unless an underlying cause is found, most doctors just end up questioning whether the patient is really in all that much pain. Yes, there are a few jewels out there, but they are few and far between.

I have an upcoming appt. in April with a sports medicine doc. After dealing with this for a year, I don't expect him to pull anything new out of his hat. I'm going to hopefully get a renewel of my PT script and to get my ankle looked at more closely. And I want to pick his brain for what he knows about Texas docs doing EWST.

So, yes, I can sympathize with anyone who feels brushed off at the doctor's office.
Beverly

Re: The Joan Rivers Foot Fashion Show

Cynthia D on 4/07/01 at 08:12 (043898)

Yes, Beverly you are so right! It seem the treatment protocol reaches an end eventually if you are long term pf suffers like we are, and unless you want to have surgery, they do run out of options for treatment eventually. And even those with failed surgeries are in a greater zone of 'no return'. Thank goodness there are new treatments out there such as the shockwave ones so at least we can have hope. I think mine is starting to work now, but I don't want to jinx it by saying too much! Good luck at your sports medicine specialists.