Posted by Todd (22.214.171.124) on December 07, 1999 at 22:45:46:
All too often, sufferers post about difficulties with doctors. They're not understanding, they don't listen, they won't prescribe the meds that have worked in the past, or they prescribe but in inadequate quantities, etc. I keep thinking about this and have finally decided to go ahead and raise the subject. I'm wondering if there is something in the way we present ourselves, in the way we approach the doctor/patient encounter which may contribute to this?
Let me explain...in 16 years I've seen 4 or 5 neuros and now use a GP. ALL have been helpful. NONE have denied me any meds. If the first med course didn't work, they suggested another. I've only changed docs due to relocation.
I've been called an obnoxious jerk, an arrogant a$$hole and many other similar sobriquets. (And this is from friends!) I've been known to become rather demanding with hotel desk clerks, car rental agents, airline personnel, etc. when I didn't get what I wanted. So it's clearly not my charm and savior faire that has resulted in my good luck with doctors.
By the same token, I've always presented my symptoms calmly, rationally and, I think, clearly. I have questioned the docs about side effects and the expected benefits of meds they suggested. I try my best to present myself as an informed consumer. Does any of this matter, or have I just been luckier than some?
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