Boy, does this sound familiar! Actually, the problem is, I'm the one with the chronic pain in my side (not a pun, folks!), and my family physician has 2 responses: a) I'm depressed and having physical symptoms, and b) "sometimes we never find out what's causing it and just have to put up with it." He had some emotional issues (attempted suicide after his wife filed for divorce), therefore he thinks that's what's wrong with me. I am currently exploring other methods of treatments (at least he's referred me to a chiropractor who respects me, understands where I'm coming from, and is helping me find other resources to help alleviate my problem, which most likely stems from adhesions post hysterectomy for fibroids & adhesions from endometriosis).
What has frustrated me in the whole situation is that doc wants to attribute ALL my problems to stress and emotions, which granted can affect me physically, but there IS a physical problem, not just an emotional one. I already have so many allergies to medications that I don't want to take more stuff and add to the list; don't just throw pills at me and expect me to be quiet!
I guess part of the problem is that physicians have really big issues with letting anyone see that they're (gasp!
They're so focused on being analytical
that they can't get beyond it. I also think there is a big lack of support amongst physicians themselves: ever notice how when something goes wrong in their personal lives that they either bury themselves in more work, or do a 180 and totally drop out of sight? OR if they have professional practice issues, they cover each other in an effort to keep up a front? Heaven forbid they should admit one of their own has a problem of some sort!
I don't mean to be disrespectful or anything, but the culture amongst the docs doesn't allow for wearing hearts on sleeves or talking openly about difficulties, physical or otherwise. Kind of sad, really.