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.