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I am so over the Doctors!!!!!!!

Mar 04, 2009 - 2 comments
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I just don't get it - how can doctors and or their staff be so incompetent. Let me just try to put this into words. On January 22nd I had blood work done that would reflect my thyroid levels on the last day of using 112 mg Synthroid only. I started Armour the very next day. The Doctor started me on 120mg of Armour once a day. (First and Second Problem). Feeling poorly, I returned to searching the internet and found Medhelp.  I was able to learn that I should have started at somewhat lower dosage and definitely would benefit from splitting the dosage into at least 2 times a day. I discoverd the headaches were normal and would pass in which they did.  I also saw where it was recommended to have labs redone after 4 weeks, which makes perfect sense to me.  This becomes problem 3. Unfortunately, I belong to an HMO who has great contributed to my years of poor health and continues to be an obstacle for me.  However, after a visit to office, I have been able to get my GP or Primary Doctor to agree to order lab work that my newest Endo who is outside my plan orders. I am paying 120 per visit on top of paying 500 a month for my HMO Plan - INSANITY, so the least they could do is pay for my labs.  I was unable to get any endo's or my primary to let me try T3, Armour.. etc.. They believed my thryoid was not the cause of any of my problems that basically I need psychiatric help and meds. @#$#$%^&  Anyway, sorry, I digress.
   So armed with lab results from January 22nd, I typed a very detailed cover letter to my Newest Endo requesting lab work, remined them that labs were done while on synthroid,  explaining how I was splitting the dosage of armour and that I felt like that 60mg in the afternoon might be making me hyper. I faxed along with bloodwork and waited and waited, so after, a week or more, I called. Left a detailed message on the nurses line. Again, said I would like lab work, I had faxed info over, etc... I get a call back the next day. Nurse leaves a message - Lab work fine, Doctor wants me to stay on current meds and see you at next appointment..she further states, I see something written on here about Synthroid, but you should be taking 120 armour!!  I want to throw the phone..DO THEY NOT READ OR LISTEN TO ANYTHING!! What is wrong with them...So I immediately call back, get the same nurses line, reiterate that i am requesting lab work only! That was last Thursday...as of yesterday, nothing, so I called back again. I get a call this morning from a different nurse, I explain the situation one more time. She wants to argue with me about the dosage, I am suppose to take 120mg once a day, I tell her NO, the dosaging is better split, I feel like the afternoon was too high so I am only taking 1/2 of it (30mg) right now due to symptoms and taking too long to get labs done.  She said okay, let me check with Doctor about lab work....She then calls back and says we are leaving lab slip up front for you and the doctor wants you to cut back to 60mcg!! I was thinking, ARE YOU FREAKIN KIDDING ME!!!  I said WHY, I am fine, I already adjusted and I feel fine, I do not need to lower, I just want lab work!!   She backed down
and said just get the labs done.   I am baffled by the incompetence. I need to be my own doctor, I can't hardly take it any longer. I am so frustrated with the medical community.....Anyway...labs next..here we go again. My GP will fax to the Endo who will probably not even bother to call me!! Oh, you can bet, I will be calling them!!

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by sue14, Mar 04, 2009
I haven't found anyone in the 'medical profession' useful at all.  If you get upset with them, they reserve the right to put their unhelpful opinion on your file - and cause 'concerns' that you're angry, depressed and/or agressive - they forget to put the genuine and justified reason that you were upset -because of their incompetance and neglect!

I wasn't at all happy with my gp, or the hospital staff's lack of care when they left me to carry my dead baby for four months, and then left me to bleed - and I shouldn't have been surprised that they wrote 'concerns' that - in their opinion - I was apparently 'angry, agressive and depressed'!

They cleverly all seem to be able to turn it around so that it's 'your' fault for their incompetance and neglect - it's a skill they must have learnt at medical school!!

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by Kimemitch, Mar 04, 2009
How could you not be angry, aggressive and depressed. I am so sorry for you loss. I think there should be some required compassion classes in Medical school.  It amazes me that these are suppose to be educated people. I believe its a case of inflated egos that causes them to look at patients as numbers and not human beings. Again, I am so sorry and hope you have been able to find peace. I get so angry but I am not going to let them have my joy!

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