Confused, should I change doctors?

By Gigi2013$ Latest Reply 2015-02-20 18:29:00 -0600
Started 2013-07-10 13:04:23 -0500

I have a doctor whom I feel doesn't like me. My blood sugars go out of wack sometimes and I tell her but she doesn't do not say anything, I keep asking her to lower both my insulins but she doesn't can anyone help me.

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Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-20 18:29:00 -0600 Report

You might have to do what I did, I had some labs done and the only thing my doctor told me was if there was a problem she would call me. I then told her I would not leave until I knew that the lab results were. She then took the time to talk with me. But if you really feel like your doctor doesn't like you then go find a new one. Diabetes is hard enough with out having a doctor that's just not interested in helping.

Type1Lou 2013-07-12 07:28:34 -0500 Report

Controlling YOUR diabetes is a combined effort with a significantly major self-management component…but it can't be done without good guidance from your doctor. Why did you ask her to lower your insulins? Do your BG numbers and A1c's support that lower dosage request? That said, in late 2010, I had been feeling uncomfortable with my doctor's handling of my diabetes because, despite frequent severe low BG episodes, my A1c kept climbing and he advised me to increase my Lantus dosage while decreasing/eliminating my meal-time Novolog. I requested a referral to an endocrinologist who actually reduced my Lantus, changed it from a bedtime to morning injection, and re-educated me about meal-time bolusing and a sliding scale. After 9 months under their care, I opted for an insulin pump. I'm convinced that changing doctors for my diabetes care may have save my life. It certainly eliminated those scary low BG's and increased my quality of life. My last A1c was 6.7. I limit my carbs to no more than 120 grams per day and test my BG's from 6 to 8 times a day. Wishing you well!

Harlen 2013-07-11 21:32:31 -0500 Report

I'm going to get a hard time for this but I just can't help myself lol
Do you think she may be giving you a shot at taking the first step ???
Little things like knowing how to count carbs,using a scale to know exactly what your taking in,keeping a log on how your BS is doing with what your doing .
If you have any Q please just ask .
I will not judge you.

Bun10 2013-07-11 20:36:59 -0500 Report

Don't think about this. Just change doctors. And then change again until you get one where you are comfortable. You are paying them money to have them listen and support you. Don't go anywhere where you feel intimidated. Drs sometimes forget that patients are customers. Go on line and check dr reviews before you go to one. I just left my doctor of 5 years a month ago. I decided I wanted to be the most important person in the examining room. I'm not there to stroke them or their ego. I don't care that their medicare payment was cut 30%. Too bad my insurance dropped my copayment from $10 to 0 for primary doctor. It is not my fault they are required to enter everything in their computer. The rest of my referrals don't seem to have a problem with this issue. I'm sorry she got a divorce. Been there. Done that. I'm not sorry she waited too long to apply for her former husband's insurance and now she can't get insurance unless she losses 50 lbs. And sooo much more. There is a doctor or group on every corner. I found a group I really like. Haven't decided how I feel about the new doctor. But, there are other Drs in the group if I decide I want to change. Move on Gigi. Don't allow anyone to make you feel badly.

Poodle gal
Poodle gal 2013-07-11 07:34:55 -0500 Report

It sounds as though you have a Dr. who is not doing her job in supporting you and your health. I would find another Dr. whom you respect and who will help you control your diabetes. It is so important to find the "right one" and to feel supported. I will be thinking about you!

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-10 22:03:52 -0500 Report

You can do one of two things.
1. You could change doctors. This is the fastest most effective idea probably. Your doctor should listen an fix any issues you may have or at the very least answer questions.
2. Refuse to leave until she listens. Now, when I say this, I mean repeat your questions over and I've throughout your visit until she answers and do the same with your statements.

Most importantly you need to put your health first and make sure you are okay and healthy!! Good luck :)

Rebelove 2013-07-10 18:59:13 -0500 Report

If your doctor is not meeting your needs or answering your questions to your satisfaction, I think its time to change doctors. You and your doctor are supposed to be a team against this disease, along with other specialists as needed. How long have you been diabetic? Do you have support at home? Do you have insurance? The American Diabetic Association can help you find a good doctor in your area. Get help, and stick with it. You have diabetes, but diabetes does not have you! Good luck, and keep me posted. I care! :)

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