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Mistrust of doctors
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:46:07 AM »
Anyone have trouble with physicians? I'm always doubting them. They look for horses, not zebra, and it feels like they don't take you as seriously as you do. It's not their life after all.. I've read numerous times of doctors midiagnosing or taking too long for diagnosis.

I find it hard to trust doctors 100% lately, which is odd since I had wanted to become one myself a few months ago. They're more educated than me but they're still only humans..
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Re: Mistrust of doctors
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2014, 09:56:00 AM »
I think that's a hallmark of HA - we don't trust the professionals.  That leads us into that cycle of going to another doctor, then another doctor, then another..... and so on.  Have you looked at that post that's always listed at the top of the board?  It's a workbook for HA sufferers and it's really good and it addresses that idea that we think we know more than the professionals.  I think if you do your best to find a good doctor, you have to figure that they have tons more knowledge and experience than we do. 
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Re: Mistrust of doctors
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2014, 05:19:04 PM »
They think horses, not zebras, because 99% of the time that's what it is.

Rare diseases occur.  Doctors miss things.  Both of these things are true.  But doctors have a much better shot at correctly diagnosing us than we do. 

It's important to find one you trust, so you don't always dismiss what they say.  I'm lucky; even though I have times where I doubt my doctor I know he's trustworthy, smart and has been doing this for a lot longer than I've been alive!  If you genuinely don't like or trust your doctor then it is time to move on, but first you need to figure out if it's based in reality or anxiety.
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Re: Mistrust of doctors
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2014, 07:00:14 PM »
As a previous poster said, it's a hallmark of HA.  Interestingly enough, I don't have it.  Maybe because my Mom is a nurse and I grew up hanging out at the hospital and babysat for a lot of the Drs.  They see so much normal that they know instinctively that something is off. 

In medical school, they are specifically trained to look for the horses, otherwise they would be falsely diagnosing everyone with rare diseases.

If you're not sure of the Dr, ask them what they're thinking and why they're thinking that way.  It's vital to have a good relationship.
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Re: Mistrust of doctors
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 07:51:15 PM »
I thought like that too until I realized something.   Recently my cat started having some symptoms that weren't going away.  The vet treated him for an upper respiratory infection, then for an allergy which isn't too common in cat, but nothing was working, finally he was diagnosed with a nasal tumor, VERY rare in cats!  My point is that when you (or your pet) go in with symptoms they are going to treat the most common thing.  I mean if I took my cat in and all of a sudden the vet said he's going to anesthetize him and X-ray his sinuses and take biopsies I would have given him a sidelong glance as I grabbed the cat and ran out, holding onto my wallet.
So that's why, most of the time it IS a horse... and going right for the rare problem just wouldn't be prudent for ANYone.
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Re: Mistrust of doctors
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2014, 08:12:14 PM »
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In medical school, they are specifically trained to look for the horses, otherwise they would be falsely diagnosing everyone with rare diseases.

I once went to the ER with a UTI/flu double whammy (couldn't make it through the long weekend to just see my doctor).  Ended up getting a contrast CT and being admitted...she was a very new doctor.  I suspect if I went back now and got the same doctor, she'd give me some antibiotics and tell me to stop hogging a bed in her ER.   :laugh3:
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Re: Mistrust of doctors
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2014, 08:28:09 PM »
I feel the same way. Most dont just get to the root
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Re: Mistrust of doctors
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014, 06:59:41 AM »
I sometimes mistrust GP doctors, but I usually feel assured when I'm with specialists.

This mistrust with GPs doesn't always happen. Lately I've been doing fine though.

It's really a classic symptom of HA -- you can't just trust medical experts and medical results easily.
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Re: Mistrust of doctors
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2014, 05:18:57 PM »
I went to the doctor for unrelated reasons and mentioned my abdomen pains. I think she mistook it for stomach pain but she just told me it's my weight.

Dang it, doctors blame everything on your weight when you're fat. Body pain? Fat, lose weight. Fever?  Fat, lose weight. Everything is due to being too thin or too fat. When you lose the weight and nothing changes they don't know what's up.

I don't think my pains are due to weight but I'm just gonna suck up my pain and ignore it some more.
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Re: Mistrust of doctors
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2014, 05:25:10 PM »
I went to the doctor for unrelated reasons and mentioned my abdomen pains. I think she mistook it for stomach pain but she just told me it's my weight.

Dang it, doctors blame everything on your weight when you're fat. Body pain? Fat, lose weight. Fever?  Fat, lose weight. Everything is due to being too thin or too fat. When you lose the weight and nothing changes they don't know what's up.

I don't think my pains are due to weight but I'm just gonna suck up my pain and ignore it some more.

Then you need a new Dr!!  I am significantly overweight and I've never heard that.  They treat the issue.  In fact, I was scared to death to go for  a physical required by our health insurance because of my weight.  The Dr never said a word.  My cholesterol, sugar etc were picture perfect and he said that's what he worries about.
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Re: Mistrust of doctors
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2014, 06:21:49 AM »
I went to the doctor for unrelated reasons and mentioned my abdomen pains. I think she mistook it for stomach pain but she just told me it's my weight.

Dang it, doctors blame everything on your weight when you're fat. Body pain? Fat, lose weight. Fever?  Fat, lose weight. Everything is due to being too thin or too fat. When you lose the weight and nothing changes they don't know what's up.

I don't think my pains are due to weight but I'm just gonna suck up my pain and ignore it some more.

I fucking HATE doctors who do that.  I really do.  I mean, sometimes it's valid (for example, I know my joint pain would probably improve at least somewhat if I lost weight), but the doctors who go straight to that every time without listening or examining are crappy doctors. 
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