(If You Know it All) Why Do You Have a Doctor?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2013-01-25 09:22:08 -0600
Started 2013-01-12 09:39:38 -0600

Many people complain about their doctors.
My doctor does this, my doctor doesn't do this, my doctor doesn't listen to me!

Are you a board certified medical professional?
Do you know more about your medical condition than your doctor?
Do you know more about your treatment, or medications than your doctor?
Your doctor serves a purpose, YOU came to your doctor for help, not vice versa!

Choose your doctor(s) wisely, ask questions not only of your doctor, but also of the facilities that your doctor will be working out of, check with your state concerning your doctor(s) medical history, school(s), and complaints against (if any).

You have to work with your doctor, together the two of you can devise a plan of action concerning your medical condition and concerns.

If you are dissatisfied with your doctor(s) you have the right to choose others, you have a right to do your own research concerning your health and well being, discuss your findings with your doctor(s) and work on a solution.

Most importantly, don't self diagnose yourself, a second opinion by a medical professional, yes, self prescribing medications and treatments, no!
Let the medical professionals do their jobs, do your job on your end, be concerned about your health but work with your medical team…in the end you will benefit from it!



6 replies

Ridgewalker 2013-01-24 14:19:48 -0600 Report

Ha Ha Ha, this is a funny post. Try googling the number one cause of death and injury in the United States. The American medical system is the answer, but iotrogenic medical errors may be under reported by as much as 16 times, because only the patients complain about medical errors and usually dead people don't make complaints.

Why would a diabetic educator say things like: "We don't use the glycemic index or loads of foods", or that "net carbs. are total carbs devided by 2 then subtract the fiber", or "we don't check insulin levels because it's too expensive", or "I don't know why a potato would spike your blood sugar", or "just count calories is the best thing to do", or "being fat causes diabetes", or "if your insulin is high, just inject more insulin." Yes, I've heard all of these and more in ADA classes. These are the experts…

Safari4 2013-01-12 22:34:59 -0600 Report

My key is in developing a complete team I.e. primary, endocrinologist, nutritionist, psychiatrist and RN head of diabetes education(start my class Tues.). DC and several good books…if I left anything out let me know. I'm a lifetime learner and that's what it's going to take.

MAYS 2013-01-25 09:22:08 -0600 Report

Safari4, I agree that we (diabetics) should have a great team of medical specialist to help us to manage our diabetes as well as a few educational classes in between as well as other sources (books, etc.) the more we know, the better we can do with managing our individual case of diabetes!
After that it is all up to us, and you my friend seem to be on the right track!

jigsaw 2013-01-13 16:22:30 -0600 Report

You bet! I've been working with a professional team for a few years now. I do believe that one has to listen to their body, use some common sense, and reap the benefits of a professional team when possible.

MAYS 2013-01-12 23:14:24 -0600 Report

I love your attitude towards managing your diabetes!
Diabetes management involves a team effort, many people expect their doctor(s) to manage their diabetes and blame them for their failure to do so themselves.

This may interest you:


Team effort best way to control diabetes

Patients should lead the way toward management of their diabetes, but they need a better understanding of the disease and its effects, experts say.

As rates of type 2 diabetes reach epidemic proportions, health care professionals are confronting an uncomfortable reality: The management of this condition is leaving a lot to be desired. Now, a group of physicians, educators and behavioral scientists say a team approach is essential if there is to be any hope of stemming an expected onslaught of disease as a result of the growing incidence of poorly controlled blood glucose levels.

Meeting as the Diabetes Roundtable, these experts concluded that it's unrealistic to expect a single physician, under the constraints of a 5- to 10-minute office visit, to successfully manage this complex disease.

Often patients and their physicians fall short in controlling blood glucose levels despite everyone's understanding that diabetes is the most common cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in adults and a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

Although there is no single correct way to provide team care for a patient, panelists suggested involving the patient, primary care physician, endocrinologist and diabetes educator — often a nurse, dietician or pharmacist — as well as other specialists such as podiatrists, ophthalmologists and behavioral scientists.

Patients should be in the driver's seat. Diabetes is a self-managed disease, the panelists noted. "To be successful, patients must take responsibility for their care and remain at the center. … Their physician and other team members must, in turn, continue to teach, nurture and guide the patient toward self-management," according to roundtable findings.

"For the last 50 or 60 years, there has been a top-down approach to care, with doctors at the top," and that should change, Dr. Reddy said.

Start with small steps to avoid overwhelming a patient, the group suggested. Identify and focus on one or two behaviors that the patient is willing to attempt to change. For example, a physician might say, "Tell me how the monitoring is going," rather than ask "Are you monitoring three to four times a day?"

Ask patients to describe their goals, which might differ from those of the physician, the group suggested. Patients who are allowed to participate in goal-setting are more likely to adhere to a plan to achieve them, the panel said.

Adopting the necessary changes will mean making major modifications and maintaining them for life, the group said. To this end, patients should be encouraged to enlist a diabetes educator, dietician or behavioral scientist to help. Medicare and many other health insurers often will cover the charges, Dr. Reddy said.