Ears: Take 2
Friday, October 07, 2011
On Tuesday I ended up calling to ask for another appointment. There was only 1 appointment left and it was with my doctor. *sigh* I took it and hoped for a better experience than the one I'd had a few days before.
When I met with my doctor this time I told her that I had been reluctant to make another appointment with her because I was so dissatisfied with the last appointment. I stated that I felt she didn't take my concerns or my pain seriously and that I seriously thought about changing doctors because of our first (and only) meeting. And then I said that I thought about my experience again and tried to put myself in her shoes. We don't have a history, so she wouldn't know that I don't go to the doctor at the drop of a hat. She wouldn't know that I'm generally very healthy, that I try home remedies for everything for 5-7 days before I turn to the doctor. And maybe she was just having a really bad day. I told her that I would give her a couple more chances, but that if I didn't see major improvement in her interactions with me that I'd be seeking a different doctor.
I don't think she's ever had a patient tell her anything like that before. She apologized, thanked me for bringing my concerns about her bedside manner to her before making changes, and then we went on with the appointment.
So, she checked me out more thoroughly. She said she couldn't see anything physically wrong - maybe a tiny bit of fluid behind my eardrum when she pulled on my ear just right. Everything is perfectly normal except for the pain in my ears. We talked about whether the temperature outside would have something to do with it (nope, it started when the weather was still sunny/warm), whether there were seasonal allergies that might be causing it (nope, I don't have any allergies that I know of). We checked for TMJ (nope). So, she ended up putting me on antibiotics because some kind of weird ear infection was the only other thing she could think of. I also have ear drops to use when my ears hurt really bad.
It seems to be helping. Or at least things seem to be moving. I have a little bit of nasal congestion and much less ear pain. My left ear still "clicked" at the tail end of my run today. But I can at least sleep, talk on the phone and help library patrons now.
I hope my doctor continues to take me seriously and that we do have a good relationship after this.