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doctors don't spend enough time with their patients

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  • Posted By: alexburton
  • March 26, 2008
  • 07:19 PM

I've been through several docs and for awhile I thought that most of them weren't very knowledgeable. Sure most docs know about common ailments like cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease etc but when it came down to diagnosing unusual symptoms they didn't seem to have any clue. Do they not have a clue or is it they aren't spending enough time with their patients?

I went to a new md about 3 weeks ago with a list of ailments- muscles loss, bone loss, urinating 3 or 4 times during the night. The doc spent maybe 10 min with me, it was very rushed.

he ran a lot of blood tests. b12 , magnesium..urine, kidney, diabetes etc, liver panel etc(i dont have diabetes, have already been checked for it)

the office sends you a mailing with your test results(so they say) When i got the mailing i opened it up and the only test it referenced was my cholesterol.

it said this..cholesterol high recheck in 8 mos

no word about the rest of my test results(not even the numbers)

so i called back asking them to fax me all of my results. Oh we dont do that we'll snail mail it to you.

i just get so frustrated sometimes cuz i'm dealing with a serious ailment and it's hard to get the right medical care.

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  • Hmmmmm well u will find all will agree with u on that one ! Although i do know through experience that when i was seriously seriously ill many years back the care i got from Doctors/nurses was second to none, they did bend over backwards for me, but only when it was nearly too late ! So sometimes i feel a wee bit guilty slating them ! They are good when they know whats happening ! But ur right they just dont have enough time or resourses/knowledge to come up with easy quick anwsers........so i know how u feel ! I do know that some test results take longer at coming back than others, so u should get them soon. Regarding test that u should have done, im sorry i dont know. You should get those answers soon as there will be people here that will know, so just hang in there for now ! Liked ur snail mail comment...........must remember that one.....lol Anyway hope u get ur answer & feel well soon ! :)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • What is the name of your serious ailment?:confused: i just get so frustrated sometimes cuz i'm dealing with a serious ailment and it's hard to get the right medical care.
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've been through several docs and for awhile I thought that most of them weren't very knowledgeable. Sure most docs know about common ailments like cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease etc but when it came down to diagnosing unusual symptoms they didn't seem to have any clue. Do they not have a clue or is it they aren't spending enough time with their patients?. I know i often beat doctors up with my thoughts about them (due to the many bad experiences Ive had with them).. but then i keep reminding myself that there are many hundreds or maybe thousands of illnesses out there and a doctor is only human and not GOD. We just cannot and should not expect them to know everything. Doctors are bascially trained to treat "common" ailments eg asthma, high BP etc etc and hence with anything less common, one will often need a SPECIALIST. Specialists have more training... and focus on just certain fields of their interest.. The issue often lies in getting a GP to refer one to the correct specialist or a doctor just not believing us in just how bad our symptoms are being (due to their own lack of knowledge..and sometimes lack of caring). .................. I dont know how things work in your country but where I live the average appointment is only about 15 mins. One can though ask for and book "double appointments" (many people dont know this).. and hence then get double the amount of time.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • I know i often beat doctors up with my thoughts about them (due to the many bad experiences Ive had with them).. but then i keep reminding myself that there are many hundreds or maybe thousands of illnesses out there and a doctor is only human and not GOD. We just cannot and should not expect them to know everything. Doctors are bascially trained to treat "common" ailments eg asthma, high BP etc etc and hence with anything less common, one will often need a SPECIALIST. Specialists have more training... and focus on just certain fields of their interest.. The issue often lies in getting a GP to refer one to the correct specialist or a doctor just not believing us in just how bad our symptoms are being (due to their own lack of knowledge..and sometimes lack of caring)................... I dont know how things work in your country but where I live the average appointment is only about 15 mins. One can though ask for and book "double appointments" (many people dont know this).. and hence then get double the amount of time. Yeah ive done this twice but the last time i done it i still got rushed out but it was with a new doctor............lol.... eh ya just cant win ....lol:)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • What is the name of your serious ailment?:confused:so far..pituatary tumor - growth hormone deficiency,i've had lots of bone loss and muscle loss
    alexburton 48 Replies Flag this Response
  • There is a *great* book about this out there! It's called "How Doctors Think." A must-read for everyone on the forum! And by way of a disclaimer, I have no financial interests in or relation to the author or publisher. How Doctors Think by Jerome GroopmanISBN-13: 9780618610037Pub. Date: March 2007
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
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