I was in my Doctor of Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation.
Many times, I refer to this doctor as my Pain Management doctor also. Even though her title is in the Dept of Physiatry, she has performed many of the duties that my other Pain Management doctors have.
Ok, back to my Subject. I had a discussion with my doctor and her staff today (it was outside any normal appointment) and we talked about expectations. They were showing me stacks and stacks of papers for diagnostic tests that patients didnt want to do, ignored, etc. Some of the reasons was that "My Aunt told me that it wouldnt do any good"
I was quite amazed. They also went on to talk about the number of people who do that but at the same time demand
pain medication. I have a hard time understanding that. When a doctor requests a patient to do something and the patient just out right refuses, but then demands something else. To me that is totally wrong. And from hearing other stories about this, its easy to understand why some doctor offices do not want these patients and how word spreads.
I have always believed its a two way street. You are going to a doctor because you have a problem and your expectations are they they will do something to help you.
Thats fair and reasonable.
Sometimes I think that people expect more than what should be expected. I realize that they are in pain and are looking for relief. Dealing with chronic pain is no picnic, and it also takes a lot of work on behalf of the patient to deal with it and there is some solid assumptions that our doctors will help us.
People that are generally willing to help themselves will find a much easier time getting help.
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences