I lucked into finding the best two doctors in the State. My ENT doctor was at the hospital every day, 3 times a day from the day I had my surgery until the day I was discharged. He even helped my nurse with changing my bed while I was in it and tucked me in. Upon discharging me, he gave me his beeper number.
Today my Primary Care Physician called to check to see how the surgery went and how I was doing with recovery. I was absolutely shocked that he would call. We discussed how I was doing and was concerned that I had to go to the ER yesterday. He also fixed a medication problem for me.
I know that people have problems with doctors. I have had doctors I would not let treat my dog. However, it is up to each person to be his or her own advocate. I have heard all kinds of complaints about doctors.
-I don't know why my doctor gave me this medicine? Did you ask the doctor what the medication was for and why you need it? The answer is usually NO
-I have a problem with my back and the doctor doesn't treat it. Did you tell the doctor you have a problem with your back? Again the answer is NO
-This medication gives me heartburn, headaches, upset stomach. Did you tell the doctor about these problems you are having with your medication? Yet again the answer is NO
Favorite one from my neighbor who is an out of control T2. My doctor changed my dosage and the higher does is making me sick should I call him and tell him. My response was Nope why would you call your doctor and tell him the medicine is making you sick, call your plumber and see what he says. She told me I get on her nerves and went in the house and called her doctor. Turned out the Pharmacist gave her the incorrect dose.
You doctor will better serve you if you communicated with him or her. They don't know you can't afford expensive out of pocket medications, that you have side effects from medications, that you have other medical problems, that you are not happy with the treatment you receive unless you speak up. They cannot read your mind and they can't diagnose something if they don't know they have it.
If you are not sure about the treatment, ask for a second opinion if possible. Research your health problem on a reliable website such as WebMD or the Mayo Clinic or the National Institute of Health. Write down questions and ask them. Become an informed patient. Don't base your treatments on those of your family and friends or something you read in a blog.
Your doctor isn't a Cyborg, your doctor is a human being who has the same problems as everyone else. They have bills, family, friends, go out and have fun. They can be egotistical and arrogant and they will treat you in a manner you allow yourself to be treated. If you let them know you don't like their attitude most will change and respect your for saying something.
It isn't always easy to find a new doctor and some insurance companies won't let you change. I visited www.healthgrades.com and read the reviews on my doctors and found they were great with very high ratings. The one who I got rid of was very low rated and nothing nice was said about her. The best thing to do is find a way to work with the doctor and maybe you can turn things around.
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