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I want a new doctor

I can not tell you how many times I have read this from so many different members and threads.

To me, that warrants a little more attention to better understand why. From looking over threads for about the past year, I have summarized the

Reasons for looking for a new doctor:

  • - Will not help me
    - Do not listen to what I have to say
    - Talks over my head and refuse to really communicate with me
    - Says I have no problem
    - Says that based on all tests, I should not be in the pain I say I am in
    - Will not refill my pain medication prescriptions
    - Will not give me stronger pain medications
    - Does not bedside manners, very cold and aloof
    - Will not operate on me
    - Treats me like a child
    - Treats me like a drug addict
    - Can never get hold of them, never returns my phone calls
    - Other
I would be very interested in hearing your feelings, reasons , and ideas about this topic. Which brings me to the second part of this thread.
Even if one of the above descriptions were true,

Why have you still have not left this doctor?

  • - I cant find another
    - They are suppose to be the best
    - I dont want to go through explaining myself to another doctor
    - Not worth it
    - I really dont know why
    - Other
Tell me about your situation.......
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    Reasons for looking for new doctor

    I looked for new doctors for several reasons: doctor had reached thier limit for testing and diagnosing, I had a gut feeling more was wrong than the doctor I was seeing was willing to believe or look for, the doctor told me it was in my head, the doctor said they didnt know what to do next, the doctor rushed me out everytime I saw them, but above all of these knowing my symptoms made me leave because I knew the doctors were wrong and missing something when testing was coming back normal so I had to keep looking a better and better places and doctors.

    Why have you still not left this doctor

    This one is more difficult to answer, but its a combination. Often you like the doctor, have invested alot of time and money, but little results or plan of action. You hope that just by sticking with them it will lead to finding out the problem since they put you through all the testing and you have seen them several times, you feel one clue can open the door and you dont want to give up. Other times it was just plain loss of hope, you had waited to see this specialist for months and it turned out to be the same thing over again and you begin to doubt yourself. You also hate the way you feel with a difficult diagnosis when seeing a new doctor and going through all the crazy symptoms, its humiliating many times especially if testing comes back negative or they say they cannot help you. And in the end sometimes it feels like you have no other option, thats when teaching hospitals became a lifesaver in my life.
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • I don't really change doctors. I see various doctors at the clinic. In a way it's nice because everything is on file and I don't have to explain myself over and over. I have my favorites but they are everyone's favorite so they are often booked way out so sometimes I see who ever is available. But there are one or two doctors who I absolutely refuse to see. The one who thought I was faking it. (I sent a letter to the manager) One who misdx'd my shingles and one who, when I burned my leg, basically stuck his head in the door, said- yup, that's a burn and left. It got infected. Needless to say, there is no way I am seeing him again. It's hard to find a good doctor. I had one many years ago, she was great, she listened. The problem is that the clinic wants people in and out in 15 minutes or less and she wasn't able to do that, because she cared. She got fired. BTW I always get a print out of the office visit so if I have questions I can call back plus I have proof of any mistakes they have made, and they made one big one, it took months to get it off my record.
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