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Old 05-04-2012, 00:30   #41
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I don't think it's the patient's fault if their doctor doesn't listen to them. It's their JOB to listen.

I have had problems with doctors in the past and when I felt scared, intimidated or unable to deal with the attitude I would bring in my mom or a friend. I would print out a list of my questions and concerns and give a copy to my "advocate". Then they could play "bad cop" and otherwise ensure that I didn't quietly go "oh... okay" and leave with issues unresolved.
One of my current battles is to try to get hormone replacement therapy. I've spent years being fatigued, depressed, have difficulty concentrating and being motivated, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, difficulty in relationships, putting on weight I can't lose, unable to build muscle, etc. Not to mention development of diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. All classic symptoms of testosteone deficiency in men.

I've had three seperate blood tests that show that not only is my testosterone low, it is below the reference range of the lab tests. My level is about 4 times less than someone my age. In fact, when I compared my levels with different age groups in men, my levels were lower than the 85-100 year old age group.

But yet, my PCP and an endocrinlogist don't seem to want to give me hormone replacement therapy. If a woman was having hormonal problems, there would be no hesitation in helping her, since the long term effects of low hormones can include various kinds of cancer. The long term effects for men are development of heart disease, alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, and many others. Basically a 40% higher rate of death. And on top of my 25% higher rate of death from diabetes, I'd like to do what I can to preserve my life.

I just can't understand the rationale for denying someone in pain and who has all the the symptoms and lab results to show a deficiency and still deny them without giving reasons.

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HA! I have first hand experience that this is not true. Both sexes are ignored by bad doctors. The key is that they are BAD not that you are a man.

Many of us here have learned that it's better for our health (and sanity) to shop around for a doctor that is willing to listen and work with you. Sounds like you have solid lab reports showing that you have a problem, take those with you to a couple different doctors. Don't stop until you find one who is willing to discuss what could the be underlying problem and what you can do to alleviate the symptoms until it can be fixed.

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HA! I have first hand experience that this is not true. Both sexes are ignored by bad doctors. The key is that they are BAD not that you are a man.

Many of us here have learned that it's better for our health (and sanity) to shop around for a doctor that is willing to listen and work with you. Sounds like you have solid lab reports showing that you have a problem, take those with you to a couple different doctors. Don't stop until you find one who is willing to discuss what could the be underlying problem and what you can do to alleviate the symptoms until it can be fixed.
I should have chosen my words more carefully there and you are right to point it out. What I said was factually inaccurate and actually irrelevent to the discussion. Sometimes I'm overly vain and think I'm the only one in the world who has to fight the system, when that's more than obviously untrue.

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