He wouldn't even listen to me. I've never been treated so badly in my entire life.
I spent 45 minutes driving to the office and by the time I got there I was very nervous... for no other reason than doctors make me nervous... but when I'm nervous I get overly chatty and cheerful... so I know I came across as being in an upbeat mood.
I get brought into the exam room and the nurse asks me what I'm there for. I pulled out a list of hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue symptoms - of which I have almost every single one (even the oddball ones). I had highlighted the symptoms I have because I didn't want to forget anything. I also printed out a list of the tests I wanted. It's all back to being nervous... I forget things when I'm nervous. So anyway, the nurse tells me she'll show it to the doctor and leaves the room. Everyone was polite and things were going well.
So the doc comes in and sees the list of symptoms in my chart and goes "whats this?".. I said "a list of symptoms.. I marked off all the ones I have. I didn't want to forget anything." He tossed the list across the table and said "I'm not interested in anything you printed and highlighted"... "but those are my symptoms"...
When it became obvious that he wasn't going to do more than give a half glance at the list, I started telling him a list of them. He accused me of making things up and dismissed me as a depressive. He said (and I'm quoting here!!) "God doesn't hate you enough to give you all of these ailments" What?! WHAT?!?! I asked him if he was kidding since he knew full well that I had been on antidepressants before and they did *nothing*. I had also told him that my therapist, psychiatrist and gynecologist noticed symptoms in me and ALL of them suggested I get tested. He pointed again to the list and said "look at this... these are all symptoms of depression and anxiety... I'll put you on lexapro" So I grabbed the list from him, flipped to the second page and said "Really? Swelling? Sore throats? Lump in my throat? Always cold? Cold hands and feet? Hives? These are all symptoms of DEPRESSION to you?!
And that's pretty much where things got ugly. He accused me of making up symptoms because he couldn't see any facial swelling *at that exact moment*. He also tried to tell me how he knew this was just depression because of his 20 years at medical school (blahblahblahblah)... which I countered with "Fine.. but I live in this body. If something is wrong with it, I know about it. Actually I'm the FIRST ONE to know about it. All your medical degrees don't mean a damn thing compared to me knowing when something is physically wrong with me".
And then it escalated. He told me "I'm not going to listen to you anymore while you're like this". He then lowered himself enough to say he would order a TSH test. When I told him that wasn't good enough I argued until he also agreed to a Free T3 and a Free T4 test. We almost came to blows over ordering a Thyroid Antibodies test. He said "You're being a hypochondriac. How many people do you know in this county with a thyroid problem?" I told him I didn't give a
about how many people in the county had a thyroid problem, but I darn sure could tell him how many people in my family
have a thyroid problem!
I wanted to walk out in the middle of it, but I paid my money I was darn sure going to leave with that prescription for the blood test - even if it wasn't all of the ones I needed. Heck even my mom's nutritionist told my mom to make sure I got a FULL thyroid panel. This man wants to diagnose me purely by TSH which is just insane!
Oh and then... after he gets me all riled up he decides to do an EKG. Why? For his own amusement is all I can figure.... and once its done he wonders why my pulse is up to 101. Gee.... let me think about that one for a minute.....