Friday, April 12, 2013
After a huge weight gain between Dec and Feb, which I attribute to a medicine I took myself off of last month (and my dr finally admits *could* be *PART of my gain), I am near the point of changing drs. Talking to him today, he said I had gained 1lb in the past month, so obviously it must not be the medicine (1lb in a month, when on it I gained 16 pounds in one month and at least 13 in another, and this week is TOM). He talked about how people say "I'm not eating anything" to which he commented that if they weren't eating anything, they would be losing weight. I said, actually, they would gain due to shutting down their metabolism if they truly weren't eating anything.
I talked about the huge changes I've made, cutting out processed foods, eating mostly fruits, veggies, lean meats, and he says, yeah, my mom used to track calories and all her food, then write it down and eat a cookie. He also commented on how people would go work out, then feel entitled and like they'd earned it, so they go eat a big 600 calorie muffin or the like. When I said I wasn't doing that, he said he couldn't put a camera on my shoulder to see everything eaten and pinpoint where the problem lay. He commented that lots of people tend to try to claim thyroid issues when they gain or can't lose weight(I asked if he could check that) and that, because my tsh level was normal last year, it would be highly unlikely that it had gone that far out of wack so there was no point in checking T3, T4, etc. He said it just boiled down to calories in/calories out.
He also wants me to go back on the antidepressants, though a different one. When I commented that I'd read of horror stories of coming off of this one, he said that it wasn't difficult to stop. Then, as he continued talking about it, he asked me what I thought and I said I didn't know. He says, "Well, they tell us to include the patient in discussions, but if you don't know..." So, he is going to continuously belittle my concerns and comments (not the first time, he laughed at me when I came to him with a list of concerns several years ago) then berate me for not stating my opinions?!
The last 10 minutes I was talking with him, he repeatedly checked his watch. Yes, it was a 4:30 appointment and he probably didn't anticipate me bringing up so many issues (even though last time, we said we would discuss the thyroid concerns this time).
Thinking it is time to check out a new dr. I do feel like I need something, though, so I am not sure if I should start the meds until I can get something arranged or not. Plan to talk with a friend Sunday and dh tonight and try to figure things out. Any suggestions would be appreciated!