Sometimes just moving onto a different doctor is easier said than done. Back in 2003 when I was first diagnosed with gastroparesis, my doctor knew I had something that caused BS problems yet I was treated like I was the one causing the problems. He was not the only doctor that treated me that. I just quit asking for help. At the time, I was working 12 hours days and did not have the time to get on the internet. When I found the DOC, I found the help that I needed.
In 2005, I had a bad foot infection & picked up MRSA while in the hospital. After being treated with 2 rounds of the antibiotics for that, I was told the infection was gone. The doctor did both a culture and an MRI and both showed the infection was still there but he told me it was gone & stopped treatment for it. I had a bad wound and I was not expecting things to get better overnight so I continued with that doctor until it got to the point that I knew something was not right. Until I got my records for my new doctor, I did know that I had an infection when he stopped treatment. Lesson learned there: always ask for copies of test results!
After I switched doctors, I went thru several surgeries to save my foot. I lost part of the bone in my foot and had a bone graft. After I started moving around, I was having a lot of pain in my foot. My doctor would not even acknowledge the fact that I was having a problem – he treated me like I was lying about it. I was seeing the doctor that saved my leg so I was very reluctant to change doctors. I finally changed to one of the other doctors I had met at the wound center I went to. His first response when he saw my foot was “that needs fixed” and he looked at the orthotics the other doctor told me were fine & said they would never work. I was convinced that I was stuck with the pain because I did not want to go thru surgery but my new doctor actually helped me with the pain by modifying my orthotics. I believed that the doctor that did my surgery was a good doctor and I was reluctant to change doctors.
I started having thyroid problems in April 2009. I have yet to find a doctor that understands optimal levels & will help me. I have been thru 4 endos and just as many PCPs. I have been told by a bunch of them my thyroid was fine when my tests results were not even within the lab range let alone optimal range. I am still looking for a doctor to help me with that. At this point, I am thinking I am going to have to move out of state because I have been thru so many doctors.
In November, I saw the doctor I see for my foot – he is actually a GP that specializes in wounds. I told him that I feel like because I have health problems, doctors think it is OK to just let me die. He said he actually hears that 3-4 times a week. He told me that he has seen a big change in attitudes within doctors and he dreads the day he ever gets sick. I know I am not the only person trying to find a decent doctor.