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Top Five Reasons To Get A New Doctor


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#151 Tidings

 
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 01:41 AM

This is a great thread! Thanks for the laughs...

Here's a couple:

You go to the G.P. to look at a very red, sore fistula in your mouth, and he goes, "Wow! You should have somebody look at that!" (Then he hands you a referral slip to an Ear, Nose, Throat doc, saying "I think we both want to rule out cancer." You instead head straight to your dentist, who tells you that you need a root canal--which proves to be the case. [How can a G.P. not know about an oral fistula?])

Or this one (same G.P. doc):
After telling him for years that I'm having relentless G.I. problems and right flank pain and that I'm thinking I might have Celiac disease and have gone off Gluten, he smirks and says, "Yeah, a lot of people think that after they surf the Internet..." Then, when I press him to include the Celiac Panel in my blood tests, and some of the numbers come back elevated, he goes, "You might want to avoid flour." ?! I remind him I've been off gluten, for the most part, for several years and ask "Does the elevated IgA refer strictly to gluten, or does it mean I have a lot of antibodies circulating in my blood?", and he goes, "That's a good question. I don't know."

This, and other reasons, have FINALLY prodded me to make an appointment with somebody else and we'll find out this coming week if SHE is any better than HE has been! (FINGERS CROSSED!)
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 01:46 AM

Oh, forgot to mention this one:

When you go in to Imaging Center for a mammogram, and the radiologist looks at your bare breasts and goes "Nice," with a sick grin on his face (and a thing hanging out of his nose)!!!

--This really happened! And every time hence have always specified, "DO NOT LET DR. ____ ANYWHERE NEAR ME OR MY TESTS!"
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 01:53 PM

And then there's this one...

Go in to doc (different GP) with severe Acute Pancreatitis of almost two weeks' duration, high fever, nausea, severe pain, incredible odorous diarrhea in technicolors of black & yellow hues, fatigue, even itchy cellulitis... and (male) Dr. surmises "You may have issues about aging."

Right! (The only time I've seen him since that brilliant diagnosis was when I nearly ran him down in the parking lot, out of sheer disgust... Good thing my Impulse Control was "ON" that day...)
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 02:11 PM

And then there's this one...
"You may have issues about aging."


One would hope he ages in the way you described :o
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 06:10 PM

Youngest DD went to her GI w/ research she'd done in the internet... desparate to find an answer to her symptoms that being extremely carefully gluten-free weren't solving at all. He saw her papers and said, "Oh great... you've been on the internet. Why don't YOU tell ME what's wrong w/ you?"

DD burst into tears and told him she was just trying to find ANY answers for her debilitating symptoms.

She never saw him again and sent him a scathing letter about his crappy "bedside" manner!
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 12:38 AM

Youngest DD went to her GI w/ research she'd done in the internet... desparate to find an answer to her symptoms that being extremely carefully gluten-free weren't solving at all. He saw her papers and said, "Oh great... you've been on the internet. Why don't YOU tell ME what's wrong w/ you?"

DD burst into tears and told him she was just trying to find ANY answers for her debilitating symptoms.

She never saw him again and sent him a scathing letter about his crappy "bedside" manner!


Good for her! More doctors need to be lambasted about their "crappy bedside manner"--not to mention their disdain for patients, their thin-skinned "professional jealousy" ("I'M THE DOCTOR HERE, NOT YOU" attitude), and their all-too-frequent lack of essential medical knowledge.
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 12:46 AM

Forgot this one:

I describe recent Atrial Fibrillation to G.P. doctor and he goes, "That's not atrial fibrillation!" and proceeds to hammer me with "There's absolutely nothing wrong with your heart. There may be a psychological component..." I insist on a heart monitor test, and on the first or second night of wearing it, my heart goes into Atrial-fib at a rate of over 200 beats per minute and keeps this up all night long...

--Sorry, there wasn't any way I could make that little encounter "funny"!
(Will find out later this week, after I see a Cardio specialist, what if anything needs to be "done" about my so-called "psychological" A-fib!)

In the meantime, to the G.P.: 'YOU'RE FIRED.'
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 06:10 AM

Reading all these responses leave me flabbergasted! My doctor was SOOO nice and really well informed. My symptoms were unrelenting diarrhea and a hugely noisy tummy... I used to say it sounded like wolverines were fighting their way out!! I had no pain or any other symptoms.

He tested me for parasites, put me on a course of medicine for that, and scheduled blood work and a colonoscopy (cause I was 49 and it was a good time for an initial screening).

After the colonoscopy, he came to me w/ the bloodwork and said, "I have good news and bad news."

The good news was that he said he knew how to stop my diarrhea/tummy wolverines. The bad news was that I had celiac disease and could never eat wheat, etc. etc. again.

Done and Done. I consider myself so lucky!!
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 07:22 AM

Reading all these responses leave me flabbergasted! My doctor was SOOO nice and really well informed. My symptoms were unrelenting diarrhea and a hugely noisy tummy... I used to say it sounded like wolverines were fighting their way out!! I had no pain or any other symptoms.

He tested me for parasites, put me on a course of medicine for that, and scheduled blood work and a colonoscopy (cause I was 49 and it was a good time for an initial screening).

After the colonoscopy, he came to me w/ the bloodwork and said, "I have good news and bad news."

The good news was that he said he knew how to stop my diarrhea/tummy wolverines. The bad news was that I had celiac disease and could never eat wheat, etc. etc. again.

Done and Done. I consider myself so lucky!!



I am soooooo jealous. B)
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 03:12 AM

Had my first ridiculous doctor moment today.

Dr: "I was told this was an emergency appointment, this doesn't seem like an emergency appointment!"

So I blurt out "I'M BLEEDING WHEN I GO TO THE LOO!"

Dr: "Oh... this seems like an emergency appointment!"

And then after looking through my negative blood results and asking about all of my symptoms : "Well, you seem to have a lot of the symptoms" - NEVER!

And after mentioning my cousin was diagnosed recently, and asking about it being genetic... "Well, there's always a possibility..."

And to top it all off

Dr: "Well, there's nothing I can do, I'll refer you to someone"
Me: "Who?"
Dr: "I'm not sure yet, but I'm sure I'll think of someone..."
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Posted 17 September 2010 - 02:26 PM

The nurse repeatedly says to the phsycian, "Oh, my she's so skinny. Can you believe how skinny she is?"

(I'm almost in tears.)

The physician replies, "She's fine."


2nd this one. I just had to go to the ER for my symptoms yesterday and was told by 4 different people in the hospital how skinny I was. NO SH** MY INTESTINES AREN'T WORKING. And then I explain what happens when I eat gluten and get eyerolls. Please..
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Posted 17 September 2010 - 06:12 PM

This thread is heart-breaking and scary.

I just changed doctors today. :)

My hubs is healthy as a horse so his GP is more of a stand-by for the annual physical than anything else. Little did we know that was literally true for his abilities/office. Ugh. I've always been sickly, and in the five years we've been married I've been in and out of that office for stomach problems, headaches, and allergies, mostly. The receptionist refuses to let you speak to the doctor or nurse, and only ever insists we're busy, make an appointment. And cuts you off mid-sentence to put you on hold, and then says, we'll have to call you back. (Call-back rate maybe 50%). The doctor himself listens with half an ear, never sends for tests, but is very good at writing scripts and telling you to come back in two weeks. The common diagnosis for ALL your problems (minus the allergies and asthma, those are real)? STRESS.

Also, he diagnosed me GERD and gave me a prescription that didn't help but never re-visited the problem.

However, the thing that made me not want to go to him from the start (maybe he could tell?) is this: it's a private practice and the doctor let his dog wander around the entire office. Because it cheers people. WHAT?! I KNOW that can be therapeutic, but you're a doctor's office. People could be coming to you for allergies to dog fur and who knows what else. Keep him in a designated area, for pete's sake!

So after trying to have a celiac panel ordered and being completely not listened to and dismissed, I finally said enough. I have an appointment next week with an office I think I'll like, and with a specialist in late Oct, so hopefully things will get moving (no pun intended, as C is my major symptom) and they'll go well from now on and I won't have any more stories.
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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:50 AM

Practitioner 1 presses on your belly, about 2 inches Southwest of your belly button and tells you: "That's your uterus"

Practitioner 2 (because you have already fired practitioner no. 1 for failing basic anatomy) presses 2 inches south of your belly button and tells you: "That's your aorta"
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Posted 11 October 2010 - 09:12 PM

Right! (The only time I've seen him since that brilliant diagnosis was when I nearly ran him down in the parking lot, out of sheer disgust... Good thing my Impulse Control was "ON" that day...)



Can I just tell you how much this made me smile? :) Thank you.

I am actually flying out to the Health Now Clinic in California (I live in Wisconsin) along with my husband and a very good friend because we all just got sick of playing the incompetence game. They seem to know what they are doing and it is better then spending a kagillion dollars and wasting time on docs and tests that are worthless.

At least that is my hope...and hope is something that previous docs had taken from me so I'm happy to see a glimmer of it again.

How about, "Your thyroid is swollen." After getting a very expensive ultrasound done because my thyroid was swollen.

Me: "Yeah...I know that but now what? What do we do about it, why is it swollen?"

Never did get an answer, until going off gluten.

The Internet has been ten times the doc I've ever had. Instead of embracing it they are choosing to be jealous of it. Green is an ugly color on a doctor. Very ugly indeed.
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Posted 12 October 2010 - 05:11 AM

Oh, forgot to mention this one:

When you go in to Imaging Center for a mammogram, and the radiologist looks at your bare breasts and goes "Nice," with a sick grin on his face (and a thing hanging out of his nose)!!!

--This really happened! And every time hence have always specified, "DO NOT LET DR. ____ ANYWHERE NEAR ME OR MY TESTS!"


As a health professional, this sickens me. I am sorry this happened to you. He was completely out of line with that comment.
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