Post # 1
I finally went to my local doctor who I have not seen in years as I have been very well. As of late I have been worried about my weight, I gained over 10 kilos in the last year through stress. Which I think is effecting my calve when I walk.
When I explained to him about my concerns, he said it might be thyroid (well that can be true) and he filled out a blood test form. I asked for just a look over such as blood pressure, check heart etc but he didn’t seem interested. Just handed me my test paper and let me be on my way.
I felt like I was not listened to, and this is not the first time he has done this to me. Many years ago when I was 19. I left a tampon inside of me for almost three weeks (yes it did smell and it was gross) I forgot about it because some stressful issues came up, when I complained about the smell and discharge. He told me it was thrush and prescribed thrush treatment without looking at me or refering me to a women’s nurse.
Fed up with my situation, I went to a different doctor’s clinc two towns away and got an appointment with a women’s nurse who found the tampon. After that I only went to him if it was something serious.
Today I was so concerned about my health I just wanted to hear his opinions of what I might have or what I can do. I also worry for my heart and lungs as I have pectus excavatum (concaved sternum) but I just felt not listened to by him.
PS Waited almost an hour past my appointment, while he spent half an hour with two elderly ladies. I was in there for ten minutes.
Bees am I being stupid for feeling like this?
Post # 2
You are definitely not stupid for feeling this way. I would suggest finding a new doctor, right away.
Post # 3
Can’t you just get a new doctor? You pay your doctors, don’t you? I’m not entirely sure if you’re tied to a doctor through insurance or anything?
Post # 4
I am in a rural community so I am afraid he is the only doctor around unless I travel an hour away to visit another health clinc.
The two women he was seeing went in together. I felt like I wasted my time going to see him without a proper check up.
Post # 5
No it’s not stupid to feel like this, if that was me I would have refused to leave until he did those things you wanted checking!
Post # 6
I think it’s worth the long drive to see another doctor that listens to you. I know all too well from experience, I tried multiple doctors before finding one that would actually listen to me and do the proper tests to confirm that I have Crohn’s disease. Every other doctor told me it was stress or IBS. Scary stuff.
Post # 7
This doctor’s behavior has put your life at risk. I would not trust him to know what to do in a life or death situation. I would definitely go an hour away.
Post # 8
I don’t know if this will help with your doctor, but it’s at least worth a try: Book a longer appointment. My doctor told me this, many appointments are timed for something like a basic infection. When I have complex issues the standard appointment length isn’t long enough. Physicals are much longer appointments, which you might need to get everything checked over that you need.
Post # 9
AB Bride: I agree with AB Bride. I used to book appointments at a clinic and unless you say you need a long appointment to discuss issues we’d book you for 7.5 – 15 minutes depending on the doctor. And that’s supposed to include all of the time they need to type up the summed up version of your appointment into your chart. If they have more time they’ll discuss your issues more thoroughly with you typically.
Post # 10
Checking your blood pressure, heart rate and listening to your lungs should be a pretty standard part of the exam. If he’s not doing these things and blowing you off, I would make the drive to another doctor.
Post # 11
Honestly, when it comes to your own health I think you have the right to feel comfortable with who you are trusting with it. There is a particular doctor here in my small, rural town who is a complete bitch. I cannot stand her, and I’m not the only one. I will purposely schedule to not have her because she doesn’t take anything seriously, she’s rude, and she thinks you’re lying about symptoms. Not even kidding. Terrible healthcare professional. If you are really uncomfortable with the doctor you have, it is worth it in my opinion to travel an hour for someone who you can trust with your health and potentially future life in relation to catching things early, etc.
Post # 12
SmileyKitty: no you’re not stupid for feeling that way but why do you still see this dr then!? Time to switch!