Things doctors do or say that make you want to smack them.

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Jim1969
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   Posted 8/29/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Most, if not all of us, have had run in with doctors, nurses, etc that say or do things that make you really think about smacking them upside the head. What are some things that you have experienced that fit into this category.

Here are a few of mine:

There are several medicines I can't take. Vicodin and Alieve both have me tossing my cookies. Glucophage causes a skin rash, most Niacin supplements and iodine based contrast dyes like those used in CT scans cause a SEVERE flushing to the point I blister and peel. I always list these on health forms under allergies since there is no where is to put them.

Doctor "A" will agree that the reactions I have are strong enough to call them an allergy.
Doctor "B" will say none of this is an allergy but only side effects.

When you look up meds, one medication will list vomiting as an allergic reaction, another medication will list it as a side effect. So what is the difference beyond that a "side effect" usually disappears after a while but an allergy continues regardless of how much time passes.

My point is who cares what you want to call it. I can't tolerate the medicine and am not taking it. *SMACK*

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You make an appointment to see the doctor and are asked when you call why you need to come in. You tell them you are in severe pain.
You get to your appointment and the nurse comes in and asks why you are in today. You tell her. She takes your vitals and says your BP and pulse are high/fast and that she is going to talk to the doctor about putting you on meds for this. Hello I AM IN PAIN.
The doctor comes in. Asks why you are in today. You tell the quack you are in severe pain. They then go on to make a big deal about your BP and pulse and start talking about putting you on medicine for that and ignore the pain issue. Hello. Wouldn't fixing the pain issue have a liklihood of correcting the other issue especially since I am 40 years old and have never had a history of high BP except during times of SEVERE pain or SEVERE ILLNESS. *SMACK*

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Splashdancer
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   Posted 8/30/2009 1:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, you have just described the exact conversations that occurred at almost every visit, to every doctor, that I made during my journey to find adequate pain relief!
 
One other thing that makes me want to smack a doctor (I think women especially will know what  I'm talking about), is when a doctor tells you, "Now you might feel a bit of 'pressure'. Well, we know what he/she means by 'pressure' - PAIN!!  *SMACK*  The thing is, I actually did this. Before I had my final surgery, I was in the hosptial getting a lot of tests done so they could try and figure out what was wrong. I had been in the ER for about 9 hours by this time. A "doctor" came in and began an examination. Now, it was obvious I was in a LOT of pain and they knew how tender my abdomen was (I must have told them 172 times!). Anyway, he promised me he would be gentle and would just apply a "little bit of pressure". He proceeded to use both hands and push down on my lower abdomen. OMG smhair !! Before I knew what I was doing, I lifted up and my right hand came across and WHACK, right across the side of his head! (Oops, sorry doctor, I only meant to apply a little bit of pressure. wink )
 
(I honestly didn't do it on purpose, my body just reacted.)

Post Edited (Splashdancer) : 8/30/2009 2:03:06 AM (GMT-6)


Hello~Kitty
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   Posted 8/30/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Jim, I know what you mean about those allergic reaction/side effects issues. I cant take Reglan or Compazine (anti-nausea meds)cause they cause a reaction that gives me Dystonic effect, which is very uncomfortable, but it is listed as a side effect, and doctors will always argue with me cause I want it listed on my allergies. I tell them I rather vomit my insides out then to have those side effects, thats how bad they are.

I've had lots of doctors be really stupid. I told a doctor once that I was taking Suboxone, and she said she never heard of it and pretended to look it up and said it wasnt in her little PDR, and then she went on saying that I must of made it up....like I have time on my hands to make up drugs....I really wanted to smack her...I told her to look online and she kept looking at me like I had 2 heads. That was the last time I went to her....If I Was gonna make up new meds then it would be a miracle drug that takes away all pain with no side effects and only has to be taken once in a life time and would be very cheap and named after me lol.

I then once several years ago went to a urgent care with a what I beleived was a severe sinus infection, teeth hurting, severe headache, fever, all that fun stuff. And I had to wait forever and finally when the doctor walked in, he didnt exam me or anything and already had the RX filled out before and just handed it to me and walked out, didnt tell me what it was for or anything, he spend maybe 5 seconds handing me the RX and walked out, I was so shocked. I would think he would atleast look in my nose and stuff to see if I had an infection or not, but nope. So I took the RX to the pharmacy and it was prednisone. I took it and it did nothing, and ended up needing antibiotics which I got from a diffrent place later. I never went back there.

Some doctors do need a good smacking and shouldnt be doctors if they're not a people person.

-carmen

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McGreggor
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   Posted 8/30/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
HAH! I've been down this road many times. I'm allergic to Ibuprofen and aspirin. I was in the ER once for a kidney stone attack, and the nurse and doctor both asked if I was allergic to anything. I told them I was. Well, when all is said and done, the nurse hand's me an RX form for....1000mg of Ibuprofen. Ibuprofen makes me break out into hives that itch like crazy. I threw the form back into her hands and said very loudly "I AM ALLERGIC TO THIS!", and then explained that I had told both her and the DR on call what I was allergic too. She came back very red faced with an RX form for Tylenol at 1000mg.


Also, one time in an urgent care center down in Fayetteville, NC, I had come down with a terrible ear infection. Vomiting, light headedness, terrible ear ache, loss of balance (good thing I'm in a wheelchair, or I would have been in the floor every 30 seconds). So I go to the urgent care center, fill out the paper work and wait. An hour later I'm finally seen, I tell the doc what's wrong, where it hurts, yadda yadda. So he looks in my ear and is like "Your ears are too clean.", walks out and writes me an RX for some allergy medicine. He's out the door and in another room before I can even retort. I was back the next day, saw a different DR and was given ear drops.

Some people should NOT BE DOCTORS!

fatherjohn
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   Posted 8/30/2009 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I think slapping a doctor could be illegal. We have laws to protect the disabled. We could classify some as relationship challenged. Others may be educationally challenged (to much education) others may even have a divinty challenge by thinking they are gods. If these disabilities relate to them, we could be in trouble of assulting a disabled person.    

golitho
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   Posted 8/30/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter ia allergic to a few things, penecillin, bee stings and peanuts being the big ones. But everywhere we go if there is a medical professional involved its "how do you know?" Plus enrolling in HS we had to get an updated allergy dr sign off some forms so along we went to a local hospital's allergy centre and they listened to us and then did the allergy testing and came back and said to us Your daughter is allergic to peanuts. I was dumbfounded, until they do their own testing they just don't believe us. As if I'd make up an allergy for the fun of it!!!
I suffered an ectopic pregnancy and had to put up with a nurse in emergency asking me if I was just suffering from period pains? I think I said something like I'm 31 don't you think I'd recognise a normal period pain at this stage? There are some pretty stupid medical professionals out there. I especially hate the arrogant ones who treat you like you're 10.
It scares me that they won't believe my daughter someday and will give her penecillin or something, so frustrating, golitho

uniquelyme
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   Posted 8/31/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Oh Jim,
This past March I cut my thumb pretty bad and had to get stitches...at the Hospital the Dr. that worked me up had noticed the pain meds on my chart and started telling me her story... She was in a car accident that crushed both her legs...she decided that she could overcome the pain and went through PT without any pain meds...It took her over a year and it was the hardest thing she ever did....and she made sure that I knew that most people don't need the meds they are on for pain....they think they do.  After all, she did it...why can't I???  She also told me that she doesn't give out any pain meds unless she has to...
 
She was on her soapbox for sure...and I for sure wanted to knock her off.... tongue
 
me

I have been a spectator for so long..Now it's time to participate.......
 
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High Blood Pressure: Lisinopril HCTZ 10 mg. daily
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Hara
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   Posted 8/31/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello~Kitty said...
Jim, I know what you mean about those allergic reaction/side effects issues. I cant take Reglan or Compazine (anti-nausea meds)cause they cause a reaction that gives me Dystonic effect, which is very uncomfortable, but it is listed as a side effect, and doctors will always argue with me cause I want it listed on my allergies. I tell them I rather vomit my insides out then to have those side effects, thats how bad they are.

I've had lots of doctors be really stupid. I told a doctor once that I was taking Suboxone, and she said she never heard of it and pretended to look it up and said it wasnt in her little PDR, and then she went on saying that I must of made it up....like I have time on my hands to make up drugs....I really wanted to smack her...I told her to look online and she kept looking at me like I had 2 heads. That was the last time I went to her....If I Was gonna make up new meds then it would be a miracle drug that takes away all pain with no side effects and only has to be taken once in a life time and would be very cheap and named after me lol.

I then once several years ago went to a urgent care with a what I beleived was a severe sinus infection, teeth hurting, severe headache, fever, all that fun stuff. And I had to wait forever and finally when the doctor walked in, he didnt exam me or anything and already had the RX filled out before and just handed it to me and walked out, didnt tell me what it was for or anything, he spend maybe 5 seconds handing me the RX and walked out, I was so shocked. I would think he would atleast look in my nose and stuff to see if I had an infection or not, but nope. So I took the RX to the pharmacy and it was prednisone. I took it and it did nothing, and ended up needing antibiotics which I got from a diffrent place later. I never went back there.

Some doctors do need a good smacking and shouldnt be doctors if they're not a people person.

-carmen

 

From Hara: Exactly Carmen some doctors are just plain stupid. Their patients know more than they do at times.....LOL.. I'm laughing so hard my ribcage is hurting....LOL

HARA


ahuffman
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   Posted 8/31/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
When doctors think that exercise is the solution to everything. I have been to pt 3 times and it has not worked, so why do they continue to want to send me there? It really ticks me off, it's like they don't even care that I am in pain. What I need is pain relief, not exercise, but they don't seem to realize that.

straydog
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   Posted 8/31/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I could have written this very same thing myself. I run into this with Penicillin, Cipro, Axelox, Demerol, all prescription migraine medictions, anything made to slow you down does the opposite with me, you have to peel me off the ceiling, steroids cause congestive heart failure, and oh the list goes on. You are right there is no place on these forms that says"potential bad side effects from drugs." This is one of the very reasons I always hate seeing a new dr.
Straydog/Susie
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LLPLUV
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   Posted 8/31/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I would never want to be a doctor for I think they have required classes "Stupidity 101" "Lacking Empathy 102" "Philosiphy of Godism" "Chicken Latin Handwriting 101"

Laurie
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Chartreux
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   Posted 8/31/2009 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I always take a typed list with the medicines i'm on and dosages and listing all medicines I'm allergic to and the type of reactions..
I do this as i get so tired of nurses saying oh does the erythromycin upset your stomach, I wish...finally I over heard a nurse saying that
and turned on her and said "NO , it doesn't hurt my stomach, it gives me tremors, chest tightness, and itching"..even with a medic alert
they still ask you the dumb question of what type of reactions does it cause? So now I say "look on my list, you do read."
Everyone thinks having a medic alert is so great, yet it still makes them ask dumb questions in the good old doctor's
office!
One time my, first PM doctor, went into a rage, as my asthma doctor had written him a letter stating not to use Kenalog (a steroid injection)
and he was what the heck, hell should I use? and yelling, i ended up leaving this doctor later on.........

Soft hugz to you Jim and I sure hope you can find a good solution for you...
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hightechredneck
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   Posted 8/31/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Could write a book on this topic. By the way, how many trigger point and various other spinal injections does it take to prove they just don't work for me. What, do they think the other guys missed and shot me in the arm. It all goes back to what I tell my wife. What is it you call the guy last in his class with a 2.5 GPA ------ Doctor!!! cry cry

kttn251977
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   Posted 9/5/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
my last ER experience with diverticulitis i had the dr tell me that my pain pump should cover the pain in my stomach (which it does not) and that i didn't know what i was talking about, rolled her eyes at me when i explained how the pump worked. yeah. no joke. she rolled her eyes at me.
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couchtater
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   Posted 9/6/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a long list of drug allergies. I'm allergic to 4 of the most common antibiotics out there. I have to wear a bracelet naming my conditions and allergies. Everytime I go to the doctor I have to give them a list of the medications I'm on and my allergies. I watch the nurse type them into the computer. Later when I go to the exam room the doctor asks me if I have any allergies!
I want to scream :Yes, I just saw the nurse type them in and you ask me everytime I come! nono

I went to the emergency room for an analphlaic reaction to an antibiotic this last Christmas. My face was horriblely swollen, my lips and tongue were so huge I couldn't speak intellegently. She looked at me and said, "what's wrong, honey?" mad
I felt my face growing bigger as I sat there trying to tell her my allergies (she had my paper) and my symtoms. If it wasn't for my sister there to interpet my mumbles I would of slapped her.
 
I went to a new doctor because my old doctor wouldn't believe me about my legs swelling. After sitting for 4 hours to see him, because he doesn't schedule appointment he does walk-ins I felt dumped. I was sitting there talking to him about my symtoms and was going to ask for an MRI for my back. When suddenly he said, "you saw your report on your ultrasound? Just a minute." He jumped up and ran out the door. Two seconds later his nurse came in and said for me to come with her for blood work. After the blood work, I was standing in the hallway wanting to finish my talk with the doctor and the nurse said, "you're still here?"
I told her I thought the doctor wanted to finish our conversation. She stepped into another room and came out saying no, he's finished with you. smhair
 
I left very disatified. Now I want to leave him.

Joy

Post Edited (couchtater) : 9/6/2009 5:57:09 PM (GMT-6)

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