I’ve been seeing doctors off and on for most of my adult life. After my second child I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. “Here, take this pill every day for the rest of your life and you’ll be fine”. Bull. There are so many different things that go on in people’s bodies one pill won’t cure everything. You need to LISTEN to your patient and how they feel. You need to realize that your patient isn’t a sheep, isn’t stupid, and can do their own research.
Shortly after being diagnosed with hypothyroidism I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It wasn’t too bad for almost 17 years but seems to have gotten way worse since I had my thyroid removed and radioactive iodine for cancer. Since then it seems my body is just falling apart. I hurt more, I get sick more, I’m so tired most days I sleep more than I’m awake. I just don’t feel even human anymore. I feel like some monsterous ball of yuck.
Think the doctors would want to help right? I mean that is why they became doctors isn’t it? At least that’s what I always thought until my health started to decline. Since then I’ve realized that most are egotistical, arrogant people who think they know everything. I have been asked “What the hell is wrong with you?!”. Let’s see, you’re the doctor, you went to school for this, you tell me! I’ve been laughed at because I requested a certain medication that I thought would help more than the one I was on. I’ve been patronized, condescended to, basically treated like I’m just there for attention or pills. The sad thing is that I have had to educate almost every doctor I have seen in the last say, 10 years. That’s a conservative estimate.
I do my research, I know my body. You don’t live in my body, you don’t know how it feels. No, I’m not a hypochondriac, talk to my friends and family. Or…God forbid, LISTEN to your patients!
It seems like all that matters in the medical community anymore is the all mighty dollar. Yes, I realize that your services are worth paying for but quality of care should come before quantity of dollars in your pocket.
OK, rant over.