Went to the doctor yesterday.....

By MrsCDogg Latest Reply 2014-11-15 08:27:18 -0600
Started 2011-12-02 07:50:11 -0600

I had a check up visit with my doctor yesterday. He wanted to check on my blood pressure. It's been all whacky lately. So I had gained another 8lbs! I was disgusted with myself to say the least. I am also dealing with A LOT of back pain on a daily basis. It honestly keeps me from doing what I want and need to do in life.
As the doc is telling me that I need to loose weight I say that I am still having a lot of back pain. His response to that? "Either you want to exercise or you don't!!" Needless to say I was floored! He didn't want to hear anything else from me other than I was gonna get lots of exercise and loose at least 5 lbs between now and my next appt. in February. I'm really aggravated with him right now. Something besides arthritis is causing all this back pain and numbness in my left leg! It's not just because I am fat and (at least in my docs eyes) too lazy to even take a walk. I spent 25 years as a CNA I was on my feet for 7.5 hours EVERY day. I used to walk all over town when we first got our dog Chester 4 years ago. So no I'm not too lazy to take a walk. But he didn't want to hear all that. I am on the verge of finding another doctor who will listen to me.
I just needed to vent about this. The longer I think about it the more ticked off I get. I'm definitely gonna talk to him the next time I go tho.
Thanks for listening guys I appreciate you all more than you know.

4 replies

RosalieM 2014-11-15 08:27:18 -0600 Report

I had that problem with the left leg being numb. A nerve in my spine was pinched. I had stenosis, spinal canal was clogged up and there wasn't room
for my spinal cord. Other things can cause the pinching besides stenosis.
I could hardly walk. I used to be a swimmer, but was just doing weight machines at the YMCA could not do some of them anymore. I started swimming laps again, it hurt at first, but after swimming for 10 weeks, pain GONE.
I figured my problem was the muscles in my back were no longer supporting my spine. I learned that weak back muscles cause a lot of the back pain like yours.
Dr said my MRI showed that my spine was a "mess "scoliosis, stenosis"
etc. My back does not hurt at all because I make sure to keep those muscles strong. Start with water exercise, you can do it!

I understand how you feel about that Dr. I have been there too. I must mention,
I am 76 years old. The older you get the weaker the muscles get but they don't have to. Excess weight and lack of exercise weaken the back muscles and add excess stress and pain. It would have been better if your Dr had explained it to you so you understood. Get a picture of the muscles around the spine and study it so you know what muscles are involved. You can do it!!!!

MattyF 2011-12-02 09:01:48 -0600 Report

Tell me about it. Not only do some not want to hear you, they also can't answer ridiculously simple questions about your diabetes. This includes endocrinologists. Its seriously difficult to find a doctor that can A. Treat you, and B. Discuss rather than yell at you.


GabbyPA 2011-12-02 08:49:07 -0600 Report

It is hard to find one that will really work with you. We need to have understanding when things are rough. Sometimes we do need a kick in the butt, but more often, we need them to believe us when we share our struggles. I am fat, but I am anything but lazy. You have to find a way to get them to understand things like that. It's hard, to be sure. I know I can always do better and am always happy when I have lost some weight, but that is not the total of who I am.

MrsCDogg 2011-12-02 10:01:44 -0600 Report

Indeed! I love that others besides me get that me being fat is not the sum total of who and what I am!! Thanks Gabby!

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