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We Need To Start A Thread On Stupid Stuff Doctors Say!


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#271 tarnalberry

 
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Posted 29 July 2013 - 06:53 PM

They don't take a " vow" to not say anything bad about other practitioners. There are internal hospital ways to handle things. For instance, we took away a surgeon's privileges to do anything more complicated than a tonsillectomy. He was good at the simple procedures but not the harder stuff. Every death in a hospital is reviewed by several people. Believe me, if people in the hospital saw a nurse or a doctor doing the wrong thing , it would be reported and taken care of.

There are laws that keep a medical professional from discussing someone's medical experience with other people. There are laws against slander/ libel that keep people from saying bad stuff about another person.

 

http://www.huffingto..._n_3653114.html

 

The research disagrees with the statement "if people in the hospital saw a nurse or a doctor doing the wrong thing , it would be reported and taken care of".  

 

In particular:

"Researchers surveyed more than 3,200 doctors, nurses and midwives on labor and delivery teams, and asked if they had observed a colleague taking a shortcut, such asnot washing hands or failing to change gloves. The health care providers were also asked if they had ever witnessed a colleague having problems with his or her job performance, being disrespectful to a co-worker, or lacking the skills or knowledge needed to do his or her job.

More than 90 percent of doctors and midwives, and nearly 100 percent of nurses, said they had observed such problems within the last year."

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"Most said they did not directly speak to the colleague who caused the problem because they worried he or she would become harder to work with, or because they did not want to start a conflict in front of a patient. Many participants said they did speak with someone, such as a manager, about the issue, but the manager did not always speak to the person responsible for the behavior."


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#272 Rowena

 
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Posted 13 August 2013 - 09:43 AM

So, the first doctor story I have is from my miscarry about 4 and couple months ago:

So we go in for our first appointment, its at 10 weeks because heaven forbid any doctors do anything before that.   I had expectations and stuff for my appointment, like maybe hear the heartbeat, or have an ultrasound or some blood tests or SOMETHING.  Nope basically it was a consult appointment.  In essence it went, 'Hi, you're Karen?  Great! You're pregnant?  Great!  How old are you?  19?  Okay.'  Then she shipped us off and said schedule your appointment two weeks from now and we'll listen to the heartbeat.  So we do, come back two weeks later... guess what! No heartbeat.  Of course, this scares the hell out of me, because I really wanted my baby.  So the doc sends me up to radiology right?  Well I found out the baby died at about 6 weeks.  So already, I had a dead fetus (or is it embryo still at six weeks?  I don't remember lol) for six weeks in my belly.  And then after I go home from radiology with the note that my doctor should call me in the next few hours or something like that and just to wait it out.  So I actually go to my mom's house and the doc calls while I am there.  She quite literally says, 'I didn't expect that to happen!'  Gee, that makes a girl who lost her baby six weeks before but only just found out feel SOOOOO much better!  So then she prescribes me this 'magic pill' that was supposed to force out the little baby within a couple days. Took a couple WEEKS.  I was SOOOO sad.

You can bet I never saw THAT doctor again!  I love my new OB now, and I'm SOOOOOOO glad I found him.  He watched me like a hawk this pregnancy, and when I had to see other docs in a clinic, they all were in agreement with what he said to me and he always made sure they looked at certain things with me and so on so forth.  (I had a few complications with my pregnancy so yeah).  He made my pregnancy an amazing experience despite my incessant sickness (which he actually was really worried about too, and he tried everything he could to make it better).


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#273 defeatwheat

 
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Posted 13 August 2013 - 03:21 PM

      When asking if there was a test to see if I was lactose intolerant the physicians assistant's nurse could hardly tell me the response from the physician's assistant with a straight face. She said to tell you to drink a quart of milk and see what happens. :) I immediately said I am not going to do that!

       I haven't actually got much help from the doctors unfortunately.


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#274 Rowena

 
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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:21 PM

      When asking if there was a test to see if I was lactose intolerant the physicians assistant's nurse could hardly tell me the response from the physician's assistant with a straight face. She said to tell you to drink a quart of milk and see what happens. :) I immediately said I am not going to do that!

       I haven't actually got much help from the doctors unfortunately.

 

 

That's ridiculous!


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Chocolate Free (with a few taste tests to see if I'm just crazy) since 2001.
Officially Dairy free 8/5/2013 (mostly dairy free before that, but I like my cheese and things) (dx'd officially with lactose intolerance, suspect casein too though)
Esophagitis dx'd 8/5/2013 thus doing a diet devoid of acidic foods and stuff


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Posted 18 August 2013 - 03:14 PM

This is from my family's latest family doctor. My dad and I have just switched because we dislike her so much.

Example 1:

I've been having pretty severe pain during my period for about the last year. I have no idea why. I kid you not, it feels like something is stabbing me in the cervix. I'm on naproxin when it gets bad, as a temporary measure. Tried to talk to my family doctor about getting a new gyno since I can *never* get in touch with the one I have currently.

She tells me that "gynecologists are busy, and they don't have time for me since I don't have anything wrong with me."

... How would you know if something is or isn't "wrong" if you haven't actually run any tests?! Not to mention ignoring my complaints of severe pain! I'm 21, not 12, I think I know what my period usually feels like


Example 2:

Talking to the same family doc about trying to get a referral for another GI. In turn, she goes on a rant about "how this country has a problem with doctor shopping" and I can't just ask for a new doctor when I don't like what they tell me. Even when they tell me they have no idea what's wrong with me. -.-"

She also suggested I see a psychiatrist for my GI problems, since the GI doc that gave up on me had no idea what was wrong, so it can't possibly be stomach issues.

Throw in a few times mis-prescribing meds for my dad that aren't even available in Canada, more brushing off symptoms and always being 1hr + late for appointments with no apologies, we high tailed it out of there.

Hopefully the new guy is slightly better than the last three doctors.
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#276 AlwaysLearning

 
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Posted 18 August 2013 - 06:57 PM

This was years ago, but the only thing off during the testing at a yearly physical was extremely low cholesterol levels. Despite that my doctor asked me if I was a vegetarian and my answer was no, and that I had never been, his treatment recommendation was "Eat more steak." and he sent me on my way.

For years I complained that I had abdominal pain. I can't tell you how many times I've been tested for the same three STDs without the doctors telling me that they are going to run the tests, if I've been tested before, or if I've done anything to acquire an STD. Most of the time, I find out that they've run the test when I get the bill for the lab work! Of course, that is better than the doctor who insisted that I must have been raped.

I have dozens more, but they are all pretty depressing and I don't want to revisit them. I have yet to find a doctor that I respect.


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:41 AM

My Doc humiliated me, talked to me like I was a child, and told me Celiac is an allergy to wheat. (and he's the one that diagnosed me) I feel like I did or said something wrong. Sorry, I just need to have a little pity party right now:(


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#278 Broomey13

 
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Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:48 PM

My Doc humiliated me, talked to me like I was a child, and told me Celiac is an allergy to wheat. (and he's the one that diagnosed me) I feel like I did or said something wrong. Sorry, I just need to have a little pity party right now:(

 

I started seeing doctors when I was 15 years old for severe and debilitating joint and muscle pain (among a myriad of other gloriously awful symptoms), it was ruining my life before I even really had one!  I was tested over and over again for RA (despite the several negative tests before each one, doc thought, well, let's try ONE more time...), one doctor told me at 16, it's just growing pains, you'll grow out of it.  At 18 a doctor told me, well, you're abnormally flexible (I was a gymnast for years before I hit puberty and it all went downhill from there lol) and that's the price I had to pay for that "gift".  At 20 a doctor I hadn't seen before put down her notes, looked right at me and said, "I'm not prescribing you any narcotics, so know that before we proceed"...the best part is I wrote on my medical history form, I don't take opiates because I can't stand the effect they have on me...  The last doctor I saw before I gave up and researched, reached out to the gluten-free community and then ultimately went gluten-free on my own, well, the last doctor responded to my multiple requests to be referred to a GI specialist for testing (my insurance required that darn referral) by saying, "you're more likely to die in a plane crash than have celiac, that's definitely not whats happening here.   You just have fibromyalgia and IBS and depression and ADHD, have 6 prescriptions and call me in the morning."  ...well, that last part wasn't a direct quote, but pretty much.  I've pretty much given up on doctors for help diagnosing my issues, I get my anti-depressant/ADHD meds from him every month and call it a day.  Western medicine, by a large majority, is a straight up joke!! I'm coming up on 4 years gluten free and have never felt healthier in my life, so they can take their "clinical" diagnosis and shove it you know where, no one wanted to help me when I needed it so I fixed the problem before they got around to testing me for it.  Absurd!


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#279 upsilamba

 
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Posted 09 November 2013 - 04:55 PM

My first real experience with a dr (aside from check-ups) was when I broke a finger as a 7 year old and my pediatrician told us it couldn't possibly be broken because I didn't seem to really be in pain, and x-rays "weren't worth it." so I walked around with a broken finger for 6 weeks until we finally went back to see an orthopedist since it still hadn't healed...and I have to say docs have been pretty consistent in disappointing me/meeting my VERY low expectations since then : )

 

I do give a lot of credit to the PCP i went to see who thought to test me for celiac this past after I told her that I was having lots of stomach pains and trying to eat healthy by "eating lots of whole grans," whoops. But minus 1000 points for when the results came back she called to tell me i "tested positive for gluten" and that I should stay away from it for maybe a year and then "I could probably go back to eating gluten again." Thankfully I'm cynical about drs that I asked her to see the actual results, researched the tests online and emailed her back to ask if the tests meant celiac disease, and if so, doesn't that mean for life? She basically answered me back with an "ummm..." and suggested I go see some random GI who could "answer all my questions." I'm trying to get the nerve up to send her a good medical book on celiac with some passages highlighted, and a note on the inside asking her to please not give her patients advice that could kill them, in future... but I know others have had much worse experiences.

 

My slightly uplifting stupid dr story was a few years ago - after going in to an ENT to find out why i was getting constant shooting pains through my nose (not to mention sinus infections, migraines, etc), the very lovely, intelligent dr and had me do a CT that found I had a giant, POINTY bone spur stabbing into the inside of my nose. Unfortunately I moved before I could have him do the surgery to remove it, so I then shopped around 3 different surgeons who all told me that the bone spur couldn't be causing any problems for me, that it was most likely allergies or all in my head or take your pick of condesceding things Drs like to say to 22 year old women.

 

The uplifting part, though, is when I finally did find a doc who was "willing" to humor me and take out the bone spur, and I came back to tell him after how ridiculously better I felt, he looked at me and said, "Huh, maybe I should stop telling all my patients this won't help them." So, progress? Or baby steps, at least? : )


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:22 PM

      When asking if there was a test to see if I was lactose intolerant the physicians assistant's nurse could hardly tell me the response from the physician's assistant with a straight face. She said to tell you to drink a quart of milk and see what happens. :) I immediately said I am not going to do that!

       I haven't actually got much help from the doctors unfortunately.

That sounds like my doctor, he refused to any kind of blood work and told me if it makes me feel better than just do it. Needless to say I'm looking for a new gp. I told my endo that gluten free foods seem to help my blood sugar, and he said that I was sensitive to gluten. My peditrist told me to eat gluten and a month later, no energy, dark rings under my eyes and the neuropathy that had been reversing was back!


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