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Old 01-31-2012, 21:48   #61
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That is horrendous. Would that I had a magic wand to wave for you all. Makes me wonder if attitudes like these aren't the first basic thing that's wrong with our health care system. My god in heaven - these people swear to "primum non nocere": first do no harm.




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You'd think so, but I've been controlling diabetes very well for over three years now and my anxiety has only worsened.

Part of the problem is that I've had many doctors over the years, most of whom try to change my diet or tell me my control is too good and threaten to take me off my medication. I had high cholesterol for the first time in my life at my last appointment, so rather than test my thyroid or re-test me in 6 months, she got out her prescription pad and started writing me a scrip for statins. When I lose weight, it's usually praise tempered with "you have a lot more to lose" and "what are you doing to lose weight? do I need to sign you up for an exercise or nutrition class?" By the way, I've lost 131 pounds - I think I've got it covered.

They usually leave me feeling like I'm doing something wrong. One doctor told me that I didn't have kidney disease because I haven't been diabetic long enough. He also told me I was misdiagnosed after seeing my BG log (on Metformin and a low-carb diet). My current doctor said that I'd cured my diabetes through weight loss and no longer need meds, which is so laughably stupid. She said that being fat is what caused it, so now that I'm no longer fat, I'm no longer diabetic. She yelled at me when I disagreed and stared at me blankly when I said that Metformin allows me a tiny bit of diet flexibility that I am worried I wouldn't have off medication. She's convinced I'll have severe hypoglycemia on Met.

So, in addition to my fear of bad news, I'm sort of in the same boat as Strawberry - I have a good idea of how to manage diabetes, I would like to be more active in my care, and instead I have an arrogant doctor who dictates to me, rushes to take me off medication or put me on new medication without even consulting me first (she just walked in and told me - didn't even ask how I'd feel about it), condescends to me that I'm just a patient and she's my doctor, so I should listen to her... Appointments are scary because I've found something that works and they usually want to get between my treatment plan and me, leave their mark on what I'm doing, convinced of their own expertise here. By the way, the clinic carries a sheet that says blood sugar should be at 180 after 2 hours. So, yeah, not too impressed with the whole operation.
Miss Blue...you need a new doctor! Don't settle for a doctor treating you this way. You know what's best for you, and you should have a doctor who is supportive and willing to be in this relationship with you; not controlling and arrogant.

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Miss Blue, I hear you! I finally got my gp to recommend an endo--and I'm finally getting the care that I need. One thing both she and my gp say that concerns me is--"you're doing well--so pretty soon you won't need to see me anymore." I am doing well, but I feel like I'm running a race with my diabetes. Sometimes I'm ahead, sometimes I'm behind--but I'll always be in this race and I want to know that I've got a good doctor, like a good coach, that's checking on me and knows my medical history.

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I have had diabetes for 26 years and have had a number of doctors in that time. Never, not once, have I met a doctor who paid the slightest bit of attention to what I said or thought. They all seem to operate from the same manual. To them diabetes is just facts and figures and if its not happening according to their data well then obviously its the patients fault. Grrrr! It is so frustrating. If they were half as clever as they think they are they would realise that if you live with a condition then maybe, just maybe, you might know something about it. I always leave my doctor's office somewhere from annoyed to flat out angry. I found her especially unhelpful when I slid off the path and my bs levvels were high. Its a scary feeling not feeling that you are able to get back on track. All my doc did was list off the complications I could get as if I didn't know. It's not about logic or reason when your brain rebels against you so trying to frighten the life out of me was less than effective. I do a very good ostrich!

Sorry for ranting but it is a sore subject and not one you can ignore because they have so much power of your life.

Methinks maybe I need to research a new doc instead of bringing on a heart attack!

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'Wish we could send this whole thread to Dr. Oz--so he could do a show about the frustrations of communications between doctors and patients with chronic disease.

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