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What do you do when medicine fails us?

Friday, May 28, 2010

Unfortunately, life isn't like medical drama tv shows. We don't have Dr. House who eventually gets his diagnosis right. We don't have an ER or Seattle Grace hospital who will find out our problem and deal with it within an hour.

We have doctors who poke, probe, stick, prod, take samples, test, and eventually, 5 days later, call to say they can't find anything wrong.

So what do we do, especially when we have symptoms that are included in the dire warning signs? I'm one of those people who believes in being pro-active about my health. I know my medical history, I know my medications and dosage amounts, I know what has gone wrong when, what side effects I've had, what side effects have lingered.

And I normally wait 3 days until I see a doctor, except under dire circumstances. Such as those dire warning signs. Blood in the urine, spotting blood (even 10 years after a hysterectomy), visible blood in the urine - these are dire warning signs, these are dire circumstances. So when I see the doctor, I don't want "we can't find anything" or "there isn't any sign of infection" or "it probably is an anomaly" - because when it happens occasionally, time and again, it isn't an anomaly. It's something wrong.

And I want to find a doctor who will find out what's wrong, so we can fix it now, before it becomes a BIG and unfixable problem.
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    I hope you'll be ok till next week when your regular dr comes back Phebe and she can diagnose and hopefully fix the problem. You sure could use Dr. House, couldn't you, lol.
    2850 days ago
    I can relate. I hope your regular doc is more helpful!
    2850 days ago
    Sorry to hear you're having problems but hopefully your regular doctor will find a resolution. That's not only frustrations, it's scary. Take care my friend. Will keep you in my prayers.

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    2850 days ago
    Part of the problem is that my usual dr isn't in the office til next week - I've seen this particular dr and haven't been too impressed by her. (Last time, she sent me for a liver ultrasound PRIOR to doing a simple blood test for liver enzymes.) So I think I'll make an appt to see my regular dr, who seems to be a bit more logical in her testing.

    Next up will be a urologist, but I really don't want to go there. I don't know if we have a urologist on island, it may mean a trip to Puerto Rico. Which is a pain to fly/taxi just to see a dr (who may or may not speak English).

    Life in de islands, mon!
    2850 days ago
    Good luck with you search for a dr. I have always known what is wrong by reading and searching the net.
    2850 days ago
  • FITKAT2010
    I self-diagnose and am always spoton. If need be then I find a doctor to fix the problem and tell them what it is and how to fix it.

    I am not on medication besides the incredibly healthy diet I am on and my fitness level which is that of a 30 year old. There is much that can be done solo. There is many things also that need to be addressed with a physcian.

    I'd start searching for one. Ask your friends who they use.
    2850 days ago
    I hope you find out what is going on Phebe and I agree with Bestmepossible, you need to shop around. Don't just go with the first opinion. It is too important to let sit and wait.
    Good luck.
    2850 days ago
    I was interested by your blog. I am a nursing student and I think it is important to always remember that we are here to provide help, service and an advocate for our patients.

    That being said. Do you know anyone in your area that is an RN? They are usually the best source of a physician referral. They know the best and the ones they wouldn't ever allow to touch them. Not all Dr's are created equal so SHOP!
    2850 days ago
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