I should start out by saying that I am not in the medical field, whatsoever! A "good doctor" is only my onion of what that is. You should always do your own research into getting a doctor, and listen to your doctor! With that said, here is what I think is the importance of having a good doctor.
My StoryWhat made me think about this being a good topic to share with you all, was my experience with bad doctors. Maybe not so much "bad" doctors, but doctors who do not listen to their patient. I understand that they are doctors. What I might think is going on, might not be what is nescerally what is going on.
I have been going to the doctor without a parent to advocate for me since I was 23 years old. I went years between going with a parent to going alone. The thought of that scared me for some reason. That being said, I got pregnant when I was 23. Being pregnant gets rid of a lot of fears one might have when it comes to the doctor. You go so much, get undress so much, and get so many...oh so many...needles stuck in you.
After I had my son, I started getting migraines. I went to a new doctor for help. I was immediately put on daily medication, that I kept taking for about 5 years. Not once was there talk about what could be causing the migraines. Not once was there a follow up to see how I was. The only follow up was when I need more medicine. I would have to make an appointment, pay my co-pay just to have the doctor write more medicine for me.
5 years after taking said medicine I started itching all over. I went to the doctor, they took blood, and sent me on my way. I called back nearly a week later to ask the results of the blood tests; and they told me all was clear. Not one mention of trying to find out what is causing my itching. I am talking about itching so bad it kept me awake at night.
Silly me; I kept going back. I would complain every time and then keep going back. Fast forward 3 years. I had gone back to the doctor nearly 15 times for different problems. Always blood tests, always that they came back okay, and never a solution to the problem.
I kept going back because something was wrong. At this point I didn't even care if there was a solution to the issues that plagued me. I only wanted answers. I only wanted someone to tell me I was not crazy. I knew something was wrong. I knew my body. The doctor would not listen to me. She kept coming back to I was overweight. That all my problems could be pegged down to that I needed to loose weight.
What about the weight itself? I kept telling here that I was trying. Truly trying! It won't come off. Could that not also be a symptom of something else? She would send me for blood tests (I am sure looking for something she could give me medicine for). Then when it would come back all clean, I didn't hear anything.
A Different Doctor...the Same StoryI went to my gynecologist with problems and went through the same thing. I gave them the list of problems that I had, their solution was to put me on birth control. That birth control made me crazy. Raging crazy! I went back to the doctor and told them that wasn't going to work for me. Their solution # 2? More birth control. It had the same outcome. I went back. Gave the list of problems to the nurse before seeing the doctor. She mentioned in passing that I might have something; and she gave me the name.
Okay, that makes sense. I talked to the doctor. "What about _____?", I asked. His reply? " Let us try a new birth control."....You've got to be kidding me?! Does any doctor anymore try to find what actually is wrong instead of just prescribing medicine and hoping for the best? Does doctors listen anymore?! I let him prescribe the medicine and went on my merry way. I never even filled it. That was 2014.
Getting AnswersTwo years later, and here I am back to trying to find out what is wrong with me. Call me stubborn, but I called the same gynecologist to make an appointment. My thought was just give me my yearly and make sure I don't have cancer. I clearly am not going to find out what is wrong with me. It just so happened my regular doctor was booked up. They offered to let me been seen by the midwife.
Sure! I didn't care who did the pap smear. As soon as she walked in, I knew it was going to be different this time. She listened to me! She asked questions. She would go one route; and when I would tell her about this test or that test ran she went another route. She ordered scans, she advised the lady doing the scans to give me answers before I left, and she called me herself and confirmed what she and I both thought in the exam room. By the way, it was what the nurse mentioned two years ago in passing.
Finally!! FINALLY! I had answers. All these things that were wrong with me added up to this problem. 4 days later I had a new regular physician and was sitting in his office. I knew there was better doctors out there for me. Guess what?! He asked questions, took the time, ordered tests and called me back! He confirmed what the gynecologist said. I was sad about what was wrong with me but so relieved that I finally had answers.
My Suggestion to YouI wrote all this to say to you that there are doctors out there that will listen. That you know your body better than anyone! If your doctor wont listen to you, maybe it is time to find a new one. It took me a total of 3 years of paying out money and asking for help with no help. It took me 2 years, after a nurse mentioned in passing what she thought was wrong with me, to get answers and get help. THREE to TWO years of misery. I could have everything under control now for over a year. Possibly YEARS.
However, since I had a team of doctors that would not listen to me, I suffered. I stayed unhealthy. I stayed sick with no answers, no help, and no solution. I should have listened to the people around me, I should have found new doctors, and I should not have stopped until I had the answers I needed. My hope is that if someone out there needs answers and is reading this gets the push you need. Find someone who will help you! Find someone who will listen to you!
Like I said, I am not in the medical profession. I am only advising that there are doctors out there that will listen. That will help. To me, it is vastly important to have good doctors, for you!
I will be back later next week to talk about my diagnosis.
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