If you do feel your doctor tries to intimidate you, how do you react? Do you become quiet and shy? Tongue-tied? Or, are you able to rise above it? Should you stick with a doctor who tries to intimidate you? Share your experiences and offer your best advice!
Doctors and OA
- How many is too many? Doctors, they come they go. A Rheumatologist once told me I did not need him because all he could do was prescribe PT, meds and when needed-specialists. No point in wasting my money and time. I was not the usual old person that comes to see him and all he would do was see me once a month and he could not cure me. So, my GP handles everything and my neurosurgeon sees me when pain management fails (3 back surgeries in 6 yrs). I see a knee spec. now for injections my GP could also handle. I have never had success with PT, not for my neck or back. Now knee guy wants PT. Will this help or just delay the inevitable. I have total spine involvement, knee oa, ankle oa and hand oa. There is no cure that's a falsehood some hand out. PT only "buys time" before surgery is needed. Am I the only one with all these OA sites?
- I've had a osteopath and a p.t. be downright verbally abusive instead of evaluating my lumbar and missed some real problems...sadly, I live in a rural area without much choice. I dropped the osteopath after the second visit but stuck with the p.t. She was the only one in our area with the skills I needed but she never was a true professional.
- —Guest katie
- No! I intimidate my doc. I am very forthcomming and honest and will say whatever is on my mind. I also (thanks to my forum friends and my own research) know my disease and the meds. I have also broken down and cried. She never knows what to expect from me.
- I have had some dr's that intimidate me. I tend to get tongue-tied or just forget every question I have.I also will forget what he said. I have been very lucky to have great Dr's in the last few years. My Rheumy especially is great. I would have to say that he more than any other Dr has gone out of his way to make sure that I'm getting the care that I need. Now when I meet new Dr'd I try to have all my medical info listed (I have a complicated hsitory so I'm told). I will be going to a new PC whom I know nothing about ( I didn't have much choice in picking a new Dr). So I'm going to print my info and hope that I don't get all nervous and forgetful. If I have a Dr. that intimidates me I try to change. I might try one more visit to make sure esp if it's one I need to see often.