Awhile back, I posted an article on how to tell your doctor that you want to consult with a specialist. Here is the link:
In my article, I talked about how patients sometimes come to the point where they want to have a specialist on their treatment team. Reasons might include a concern that their doctor doesn’t have enough training or experience, or that his/her approach may be outdated. Or wanting a second opinion.
As your healthcare needs evolve, so should your healthcare team.
While consulting with another doctor may or may not mean breaking up with your current doctor, this can be an uncomfortable conversation for patients, their doctors, or both. Patients may have to get over their own fear that they will hurt their doctor’s feelings, or cause him/her to become angry. On the other hand, patients can feel pretty comfortable in having this discussion, but learn that their doctor isn’t so happy about the idea.
So, if you have made the decision to consult with an endocrinologist or other specialist, how did you get the conversation going with your doctor? And, how did it go?
Any advice to share? Stories?
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