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Old 06-28-2015, 19:51   #1
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I received a letter a few days ago from my primary care Dr., announcing he suddenly quit. Just as I was getting him trained too. I'm wondering if anyone here uses a naturopath for primary care? Thinking of trying a more holistic functional medicine type of approach. Thanks.

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My philosophy in life is...if whatever you're doing works for you...then that's what works. I've also found that no matter how many positive testimonials something gets...it doesn't mean it will work for you.

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I am using a nurse practitioner. She has listened to me and has been nice to me. It is still early in our patient provider relationship but I hope it continues to go so well.
I must say I find it very sad that one of my biggest positives or negatives about a doctor is how I am treated. I despise being looked at like I deserve what is happening to me and I am sick of leaving a doctors office in tears because I am belittled and berated by doctors that are many times more overweight than I am.
Today I rescheduled my nephrologist appointment so I can mentally prepare for the way he will act since I have gained weight and lost control of my diabetes to the point of insulin after 3 rounds of steroids.
The last time I saw him I had gained 2 pounds and he treated me like a naughty stupid child. I was embarrassed and humiliated.
Is this a normal behavior?

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If it is, it sure shouldn't be. I personally wouldn't accept such behavior - I would look him right in the eye and announce that I reject such belittling comments and he could keep a civil tongue in his head. Bullying does not become people who belong to the healing profession. But then I already look like a grandma grizzly bear and have the voice to match.

We can usually get in to see our PCP, but if we can't, he has a PA in his office who knows us and has treated us many times over the years, and we trust her too.




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I think to expect out health care providers to have the empathy and bedside manners of our favorite and loving grandmother is a bit of a stretch nowadays. Any human is susceptible to their emotions in the work place, health care providers included. Seeing sick, whiny people day in and day out could cause anyone to be grumpy or emotionally unattached. I know I couldn't do it.

I think you also teach people how to treat you. I'm a fairly large man and at a glance can seem rather intimidating. Most times I'm given a wide birth and respect I haven't earned yet. I doubt your doctor would speak to me the way he's spoken to and treated you. With that said...

I suggest you don't take any guff from anyone, period...let alone someone who's their to serve your best interests. Once you let them intimidate you...the process will repeat itself every time you go there. It's a fine line between demanding respect and admonishing them for their actions. Be nice...but be firm. And smile when you shake your finger at them!

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I think to expect out health care providers to have the empathy and bedside manners of our favorite and loving grandmother is a bit of a stretch nowadays. Any human is susceptible to their emotions in the work place, health care providers included. Seeing sick, whiny people day in and day out could cause anyone to be grumpy or emotionally unattached. I know I couldn't do it.

I think you also teach people how to treat you. I'm a fairly large man and at a glance can seem rather intimidating. Most times I'm given a wide birth and respect I haven't earned yet. I doubt your doctor would speak to me the way he's spoken to and treated you. With that said...

I suggest you don't take any guff from anyone, period...let alone someone who's their to serve your best interests. Once you let them intimidate you...the process will repeat itself every time you go there. It's a fine line between demanding respect and admonishing them for their actions. Be nice...but be firm. And smile when you shake your finger at them!
I would just go find me another doctor.

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I am using a nurse practitioner. She has listened to me and has been nice to me. It is still early in our patient provider relationship but I hope it continues to go so well.
I must say I find it very sad that one of my biggest positives or negatives about a doctor is how I am treated. I despise being looked at like I deserve what is happening to me and I am sick of leaving a doctors office in tears because I am belittled and berated by doctors that are many times more overweight than I am.
Today I rescheduled my nephrologist appointment so I can mentally prepare for the way he will act since I have gained weight and lost control of my diabetes to the point of insulin after 3 rounds of steroids.
The last time I saw him I had gained 2 pounds and he treated me like a naughty stupid child. I was embarrassed and humiliated.
Is this a normal behavior?
Given the fact that over the years I've seen my share of doctors and nurses who are not kind, I've developed a sort of philosophy that seems to work for me: "Trust is earned, not given."

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My primary care doc retired at the end of last year. Although I had a great relationship with him, he was pretty “by the book” as far as diabetes care which has NOT been working for me. Long story short, I ended up finding an MD with an Integrative Medicine practice. I’ve learned so much during the 3 visits I’ve had with her since March. She knows that I know my body better than anyone and listens to what I have to say. She’s done blood and hormone testing that no one’s even mentioned were available. She’s a low carb advocate, and is really helping me to discover better ways to care for myself. I’m pretty excited about the future and getting healthier. Whether it’s a naturopath or integrative med doc, it won’t hurt to try. Trust your instincts—most of us can figure out if something is legit or seems fishy.
Tricia, I’m sorry about your nephrologist’s behavior. I ended up changing internal med docs because I never knew if I was going to get the “grandfatherly personality” or the “grumpy and mean personality”. He was a good doctor, and I never left in tears, but it was exhausting and irritating when he was more harsh and judgmental than he needed to be, especially when I was doing what he wanted me to do… Do you have options for a different nephrologist?

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