(Closed) Should I Switch MD’s? Advice Please! (PCOS)

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Should I Switch?
    YES - Find a MD that will actually listen and help you. : (12 votes)
    92 %
    NO - She's a MD, take her advice. : (1 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    that’s ridiculous. i’ve been to so many doctors who think it’s okay to treat patients like that, and i just don’t get it. go to a new doctor immediately.

    Post # 5
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    523 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    If your doctor is not willing to listen to your concerns and be a partner in dealing with your condition, switch immediately. Having a good doctor can make a world of difference, mentally and physically. Best wishes in finding a more supportive doctor!

    Post # 6
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    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I obviously don’t have your medical charts, etc., but PCOS is associated with having a BMI > 24.9 (upper end of “normal”).  First line treatments include lifestyle changes to promote weight loss and metformin.  Metformin has been shown to help with weight loss as well.  The bloodwork your primary care doctor took may not have been as specific as the bloodwork she would take.  When you are TTC, you will probably have to try the “old-fashion way” for at least 6 months before they will try any intervention. 

    If you don’t agree with how the physician interacted with you, it may be best to see if there is another doctor available.  I personally wouldn’t change because of the information she gave though – it seems pretty accurate.

    This is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be viewed as medical advice.  All medical decisions should be made with a health care professional.

    Post # 7
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    2867 posts
    Sugar bee

    I was just dxed with PCOS and was referred to a GYN from my GP.  He was rude and actually made me cry, my sister went with me and she was livid at the way he talked to me.  I vowed to ask my GP for a different GYN or to just continue treatments with the GP b/c I will not put myself in a situation that makes me feel inadequate.  You are a patient who asked questions, needs reassurance, and help and that’s what a physician is for.  They need to be upfront with you about your treatments and diagnosis, they don’t need to make you feel badly for that.  Btw, PCOS makes it incredibly difficult to lose weight, it’s not impossible but just saying “go lose weight” isn’t helpful espcially when it’s something that’s already been thought about repeatedly on a daily basis in my case.  I think I want to vent just as much as you do Wink

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @EvaBostonTerrier: Not everyone with PCOS is overweight. I have it and I am not. 

    There is no excuse for doctors without empathy for their patients. When I was diagnosed, I was in college and desperately seeking help for another condition. The doctor diagnosed me with PCOS out of the blue, told me “not to get fat” and gave me a piece of paper with a website on it so I could learn more about it on my own. Naturally I left the office bawling and quickly found another doctor. 

     

    Post # 10
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    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @riley jane:Thanks for the clarification.  As I stated, PCOS is associated with being overweight, not that everyone who has PCOS is overweight.  I included that information because the OP mentioned needing to lose 10-15 lbs.  It is a common risk factor, that’s all. 

    OP: based on your second post, it definitely sounds like this physician has poor bedside manner.  It sounds like being referred to a different RE would be a good option.  Unfortunately there are some health care professionals that may be really intelligent, but don’t know how to relate to people.  I hope you find someone a different practitioner who is able to communicate better!

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