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Does the doctor really know best?

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

I've been seeing an endocrinologist since I was diagnosed with diabetes. She's pretty easy to get along with since we both want the same results. The only thing I have a problem with is that she tries to push a new drug on me every visit. I finally told her NO! The drug she wanted me to take this time was to lose weight, with no other benefits. I am tired of taking drugs and would like to try to get off some of them instead of taking more. I did give in and agreed to take another thyroid pill (I have Hashimoto's) along with my synthroid. Well, so far I haven't lost any weight from this drug, but am going to take it until I see her again early next year.

I would LOVE to find a good nutritionist/dietician in my area, but there is only one, yes one, diabetic dietician around here. I saw her twice, once when I was diagnosed and again for a class held at our local Y. I was not impressed. She has no idea how to customize anything for a particular patient and their dietetic needs. Everyone was given the same info no matter what their needs were. I was told to eat 45 grams of carbs per meal and another 15 grams for a snack. I told her that 45 grams per meal was way too high for me and she was very reluctant to go lower, so I finished the class, learned what I could and was finished with her. I'm going to try a to find a regular one and hope they have the knowledge to help me.

I saw my gynecologist yesterday, boy I wish he was my family doctor. So easy to talk to and asks all the right questions. He did schedule me for a diagnostic mammogram for tomorrow because I had a tiny little bump I showed him just under the skin. It's been there 3-4 weeks with no changes, I really don't know whether to be worried or not.

I also have an appointment with my family doctor today. He started out ok, but I feel like he just rushes me through without listening. Last time I saw him I had problems with both of my ears, he told me that some people have different kinds of ear wax, and not to worry. Well, it got to the point where the crap was just running out of my ears when I laid down! I made an appointment with my ENT doc and he said both were infected! Saw him a couple times and haven't had a problem since, and this was going on all summer!

So, my question to anyone reading this, how much do you trust your own doctors?

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    Sometimes I wonder this myself. I believe it is just easier for them to give out medications rather than telling the patient the truth about what they need to do to help themselves. Had out a diet pill rather than telling patients they HAVE TO change diet, work out, etc. Do back injections rather than telling patients to build up their core muscles and diet to lose the weight that is causing a fair amount of their pain, etc.

    Who wants to hurt a patients feelings at the risk of them going somewhere else for their health care?
    How many doctors believe they know everything and you have no place asking questions or perhaps questioning anything they are doing. BUT this is what we have and we have a responsibility to ourselves to always ask. If the DR won't give you the time of day, find someone who wil and be sure to leave feedback on the DR's so others know how they really are.

    I apologize for ranting on.
    570 days ago
    I think it's important to do your research and trust your instincts. Visit your doctor armed with everything they may need to know to help you and if they won't listen to you find another doctor. I recently found out that my blood tests from six years ago showed that I was being over medicated for my thyroid condition and that no one called me to follow up or adjust my meds. When it was announced that my family physician was retiring I went to see the interim physician who looked at my blood tests and immediately cut my dosage in half. That caused me to crash. So when I went to see my permanent replacement physician she increased the dosage incrementally over a few months. I am now reportedly at the low end of normal for my thyroid hormone but I know that things are still not right. So I'm cleaning up my act, eating well, eliminating sugar, drinking lots of water and constantly monitoring and recording how I'm feeling. At the end of three months I will have new blood tests and discuss those results along with my "findings" with my doctor. So do I trust my doctor(s)? Not 100%, but I do trust myself and I am determined to advocate for myself.
    571 days ago
    I can understand your feelings I have had the same problem
    571 days ago
    I completely understand your feelings.
    571 days ago
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