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How do you feel about going to your doctor?

post #1 of 22
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I've been in some dangerous situations in my life, but nothing gets my heart racing and the adrenaline pumping more than going to a new doctor!

I had a doctor once who told me all about her separation, divorce, and custody battles every two months when I saw her. This same doctor told me "you're fine" when my TSH was 3, and "OMG!" when it was 18 (on the same meds). When it would swing down again, she'd tell me "you're fine" again when OBVIOUSLY there was something wrong!

After leaving that doctor, the next one was worse. When I told her I had 11 out of 12 symptoms of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, she said, "I don't appreciate patients diagnosing themselves!" and gave me a harsh lecture. She didn't have me tested for it, but my next doctor did, and I did have Hashimoto's. I found out the stupid doctor quit practicing a year later.

I did have a doctor save my life once. Dr. Ward in Austin, Texas, suspected what was wrong one morning and did emergency exploratory surgery that evening... I would have been dead within a day or two if it wasn't for him.

I have a good doctor now, but he's on leave for six months and the doctor taking his place is terrible.

How about you? How do you feel about going to your doctor or seeing a new one?

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #2 of 22
I love my Gyn!!!! He is a wonderful man who really cares and listens to me.
I HATE going to the Hospital though.
post #3 of 22
I love going to the doctor...I like it when people pay attention to me and the doctor has to
post #4 of 22
I have tried everything over the counter and in anyone's pockets to keep the pain at bay so that I don't have to go to the doctors. However, the pain has won out, and I have an appointment tomorrow. I know I probably will need an anti-inflammatory and I'm going to ask for a pain killer that will knock Godzilla on his a**. I have had enough. Two years of fighting was all I could take.
post #5 of 22
I hate going to the doctor especially since you have to sit there forever.
post #6 of 22
I hate going to the doctor, and the dentist and the optician!
post #7 of 22
I hate going to the doctor. Once a year is definately enuf for me
post #8 of 22
I hate going to the doctor and I barely go. I'm barely sick, though, so no problems for the most part. I do go yearly for my eyes (I've had different doctors everytime...moving to Cleveland in a few months will get me set with one, though, so we'll see how that goes) and the gyno (loooove my gynocologist, she's great). I need to start going to the dentist yearly again.
post #9 of 22
I hate going to the doctor. Not that I'm afraid of them, because I'm not. But my doctor is so busy that unless I get first appointment in for his office visit, there is no telling how long you end up waiting. There have been times when I've arrived at 2:30pm for my visit, only to sit and wait because he isn't even in the office yet...and then he saunters in about 4pm. In the meantime he has had patients sitting there since 2pm waiting to see him. Sometime I've sat there for 6 hours before I've managed to get into see him.

I go see him on the 17th again, and I'm not looking forward to it. I've had to report him to the College of Physicians and Surgeons because I'm off work sick and he's been taking months and months to provide medical information to my insurance companies. I've been badgering him for 14 months already about one medical report!!!!!!!!! So I'm sure he's not going to be impressed that I went to his licensing body about it because that goes on his record.

As for new doctors, yeah, that bothers me. I have to go see one on the 8th for some assessment of my health needs at this time because I've been sick and off work for 2 years and my insurance company doesn't think my doctor is doing enough to get me well. So they want this doctor to assess that and possibly provide referrals to specialists. I told the insurance company that I have no problem seeing this doctor but because she is a woman I won't consent to a gynecological exam. I'm just more comfortable with a male doctor when it comes to exams of that sort.
post #10 of 22
I chose my doctors well and have much trust in them.
post #11 of 22
I had to self-diagnose myself when I had TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). My family doctor thought it was chronic sinus infections, had me on several courses of antibiotics and steroids, sent me to a ENT who blamed my eyesight for my constant headaches, had my eyes retested and while my eyesight sucks, my vision is sufficiantly corrected with contacts and glasses, then my family doctor tried putting me on antidepressents. Eventually, I convinced them to get me a referall to a oral surgeon who did confirm I had TMJ problems... but wasn't in my insurance group so he couldn't treat it without it costing me thousands. So I had to go to specialists an hour and a half away and have a splint (a bite-guard, kinda like a retainer, to keep me from clenching my teeth too much) made, which they never adjusted. Finally, a new specialist within my insurance group came to my area... and he reviewed my MRIs and told me that my problems were because I was "a type A personality" (I'm so totally not!) and "That's just the way God made you." (Uh... thanks. But I'm not religious.)

I finally ended up getting relief from my regular, non-specialist, non-oral surgeon dentist. I told him about my problems while I was in for a routine cleaning, he took one look at my splint and was amazed they'd never adjusted it. It was all chewed up from my clenching and grinding. He ground some bits of it down with a dremel and made it level and smooth, like it was supposed to be. Within two months, getting it adjusted every few weeks, my headaches were gone. I could eat again without pain. I could (finally!) kiss my husband without having loud popping noises come from my jaw that even made him flinch.

My dentist is the only human doctor I trust. I have a new family doctor now, but she's really no better. I have yet to go to her when I'm sick and have the Rx she prescribes actually work without getting refills or changing medications. I wish I could find a doctor for myself as good as my vet.
post #12 of 22
I'll put it this way- since before Easter, i've been over 30 times as I have some sever GI issues they've yet to figure our yet. I HATE going to the doctor! I'm like a freakin guiene pig!! I have had just about every test in the book and still no good answers. I have to have another biopsey on the 16th So no, I do not like going to doctors.
post #13 of 22
I hate new doctors. To prove it I haven't been for a general physical since I've been in Los Angeles the past 2.5 years. I've been to the doctor once when I had strep to get antibiotics, and I go to an OB GYN here once a year too for birth control reasons. I really can't stand her though. She has no bedside manner and doesn't listen very well. But I keep going because every time I find another one in my area that sounds good I call and they are "currently not accepting new patients".... :grumble grumble:

I do love my dentist though. Problem is he's back home in Georgia, so I always schedule a dental check-up whenever I'm home for a visit.
post #14 of 22
hmm when i am about half dead, and they drag me kicking and screaming.
post #15 of 22
I really like my GYN, she listens and is not judgmental at all, at my previous GYN I would have to listen to him tell me every year- lose weight! stop smoking! yeah, ya told me that last year and I didn't do it, so what makes you think this year will be any different I've had some issues that I can't imagine going to him about My sis goes to the same one My general physician is pretty good too, I don't go to him unless I have too though, and I haven't had to in well over a year My whole family goes to him too!
post #16 of 22
My regular doctor is great - she listens to me, takes me seriously, and miracle of miracles, I only feel a tiny bit rushed in her office (when most doctors I know make you feel like theyre Very Very Busy and if you Aren't Dying then you need to Suck It Up And Stop Wasting My Time. One time tho I had an emergency - my lower leg had swollen and they thought it might be a blood clot, so they wanted me to come in right away. My regular doctor wasn't in that day so I had to see someone else... First of all, they told me to come in RIGHT NOW. I did my best, but with traffic, ect, it still took me thirty five minutes, so I was a bit late. The first thing he says to me is that he's missing his lunch hour because of me, and it went downhill from there. He told me to go to the other building and get an ultrasound on my leg (thats one good thing about my med insurance - it IS good. I got an ultrasound within two hours of calling about my leg), and he said "if they don't find anything, it's probably nothing, just see if it goes away". Um.. just see if it goes away? My leg is REALLY swollen up, the skin around my ankle looked like an overstuffed sausage! So I went to the ultrasound, luckily they found nothing, and the ultrasound tech said "Ok, you're looking good, what did your doctor say to do if it was negative?" and I said "Um.. he said it would go away?" and the ultrasound tech just looked at me like ":censor::censor::censor:?", lol. Thankfully it DID go away, but yeah. Thank heavens I didn't have anything serious, cos I doubt that quack could have found it. He was more concerned with his pastrami on rye.
post #17 of 22
I have a very unusual and complicated medical history so I really hate going to a "new" doctor. Whenever I have to I take a copy of my med records (all 75 pages) just so they can get an idea. I recently began seeing a O.D. and have been really impressed. He treats me as a whole person and not just the disease of the week.
At our first appt he had actually read all of the medical history that I sent and had questions and listened to the answers and I will always remember what he told me when I explained why I hate to see a new doctor. He told me the doctor's prayer
"Oh Lord, please don't let me be an interesting case"
I think Dr Bill and I will have a long relationship
post #18 of 22
Right afet I finished praising Dr Bill I thought of what I usually say about human doctors - I would rather take myself to the vet they generally have better manners!
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21 View Post
I hate going to the doctor, and the dentist and the optician!
Oh gosh, me too Eithne!! I thought I was the only one who was also afraid of going to the eye doctor!!! I hate them all!
post #20 of 22
I Love my Dr she is the best I have been going to her for almost 20 years, she is absloutely the best, but she just took a year off, she teaches also and I don't want to have to go to a new one. I hope I don't have to. Now the denist is another story I hate them as soon as I get up to the front desk I hate that person to I hate everyone connected
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by trinettec View Post
I have a very unusual and complicated medical history so I really hate going to a "new" doctor. Whenever I have to I take a copy of my med records (all 75 pages) just so they can get an idea. I recently began seeing a O.D. and have been really impressed. He treats me as a whole person and not just the disease of the week.
At our first appt he had actually read all of the medical history that I sent and had questions and listened to the answers and I will always remember what he told me when I explained why I hate to see a new doctor. He told me the doctor's prayer
"Oh Lord, please don't let me be an interesting case"
I think Dr Bill and I will have a long relationship


Only 75 pages mine looks like a novel a big one
post #22 of 22
I hate going to the gyn. It is particularly uncomfortable for me (I won't go into details) so it is my least favorite thing in the world.
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