I’ve been so put out by doctors before that I’ve cried. I’ve not gone when I needed to. I’ve gone to the ER and paid more instead. Why? They blame me being fat or are literally cruel to me about my weight. I had one doctor grab my stomach and say “What is this thing?” I cried. I’ve had doctors tell me I’m lazy or that I’ll never lose weight without surgery. Why? I said I was in pain and couldn’t move due to the pain. They thought I was lazy and needed diet and exercise, but did they X-ray me? MRI? Diagnose? NO! That is when you fire your doctor.
If your doctor degrades you, does not diagnose you, acts like it’s all in your head and you’re the one who is lazy- ask them why they are being lazy and not doing tests to diagnose. They can’t see your insides. They don’t know your blood values by looking at you. They do not necessarily understand chronic pain! And degrading is not acceptable in today’s society. Report them to the Attorney General or on Health Grades.
I weighed 200 plus pounds. I slowed down more and more each year from pain until I weighed 460. I ate and ate for comfort. I begged the docs for help and got nothing but eye rolls and cruel remarks, suggested diets... The problem was pain. I decided to get rid of those doctors.
I looked up doctors who dealt with obese patients. I grilled these doctors’ offices on the phone as to how the doctors treat people of size. Then I made choices. I found an internist who diagnosed me finally. Herniated disks all through my back and neck, pinched nerves, degenerative joint disease, bad knees, osteo arthritis, fibromyalgia and the list gets longer.
Her recommendation was to start in home physical therapy and get a walker, that I named “Freedom.” I was frustrated at first lifting shampoo bottles in bed and twisting my feet off the side of the bed. “What is this going to help?” “Every little move prepares you for the next bigger move.” Said the therapist. I just wanted to walk and be skinny now.
Later, I was walking with the walker, then a cane, then on my own. I now weigh 238. I lost 222 pounds.
It is rough keeping going at times, but coaching others and making my life about helping others in similar situations has helped me too. It is motivating. It helps me focus.
It really is a long journey, but a fun one. I’ve discovered so much about myself! It is not a diet!
It really is a health journey of discovery.
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