When Your Doctor Doesn't Listen - page 3

Day 24 of an acute sinus infection. Today the pressure/pain has traveled down from my forehead to my upper back teeth. Last night a strangly cough kept Bob and I up. I finally got out of bed at 3... Read More

  1. by   SaltySarcasticSally
    Not a sinus infection but constant GI issues over 10 years lead me to several GI doctors like the one you wrote about here. Do not listen, assume they know what it is, and kick me out the door before I even have a chance to explain. I had a doctor tell me my GI symptoms were due to stress after I lost 30 lbs in 5 months and had several stomach attacks even while consuming a very healthy diet.

    I suffered for those 10 years until one GI decided to actually open his ears, order an MRI, and find the Crohn's that had sneakily been destroying my small bowel for years. I sincerely wanted to send the report to every GI who had essentially ignored me but obviously no one has time for that. It's furthered my disenchantment with doctors in general (although very thankful to the GI who diagnosed me) obviously not good when your a nurse. I am not sure when doctors learned to stop listening and start talking over patients but it's a wide spread disease that needs to be eradicated. Glad you found someone willing to listen!
  2. by   katfish67lpn
    Quote from SaltySarcasticSally
    Not a sinus infection but constant GI issues over 10 years lead me to several GI doctors like the one you wrote about here. Do not listen, assume they know what it is, and kick me out the door before I even have a chance to explain. I had a doctor tell me my GI symptoms were due to stress after I lost 30 lbs in 5 months and had several stomach attacks even while consuming a very healthy diet.

    I suffered for those 10 years until one GI decided to actually open his ears, order an MRI, and find the Crohn's that had sneakily been destroying my small bowel for years. I sincerely wanted to send the report to every GI who had essentially ignored me but obviously no one has time for that. It's furthered my disenchantment with doctors in general (although very thankful to the GI who diagnosed me) obviously not good when your a nurse. I am not sure when doctors learned to stop listening and start talking over patients but it's a wide spread disease that needs to be eradicated. Glad you found someone willing to listen!
    Well don't you know many of them think because they went to medical school it gives (some of) them the ability to make those decisions without really listening to what a patient is saying. Like when my son awoke with a fever of 105.0 with vomit and diarrhea spread from one end of his crib to the other. I took him to my regular pediatricians office and saw a fill in doctor who acted as if I was a hysterical, irrational mother and told me "if it takes three of us to hold him down, he is fine". It btw did not take three of us to hold him down. My husband was in the room but certainly had no part of the exam so wth he was talking about I didn't know but he told me my son was fine. I foolishly thought he knew more than I did and we brought my son home. Hours later his fever believe it or not had gotten higher. He was on fire and screaming between the vomiting. I called the local Children's Hospital and spoke with the triage nurse who told me to get him there NOW!! She said I shouldn't have waited so long, he should have been seen before now. I didn't have the time to tell her he HAD been to the pediatrician a few hours ago WHO TOLD ME HE WAS FINE!! When we got to the hospital they started IV fluids etc... They asked me if he had ever been on antibiotics to which I said "Yes, just once, about a month ago for an ear infection". They told me it was a long shot but since they just so happen to be doing a diarrhea study they wanted a stool sample and they found he had C-DIff. They told me really that most likely it since he had only been on antibiotics once and it had been a month ago, C-Diff wouldnt have been something they normally would have checked for. Anyway he started on Vanco and made a quick recovery. But I KNEW my son was sick! Further medical intervention was delayed because I listened to a doctor who didn't have the time to actually listen to me and because I thought "he must know more than I do...He is a doctor". I, from that moment on, have always listened to my mothers intuition and it has never let me down!

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