Actually, I think we benefit from both from CheerDad's post and yours shy. I'm glad you brought it up.
The part I related to in your initial post, was that he didn't want to refer you because of his "practices".
That happened to me when I first got Lyme. It started by messing up my heart, so I figured I needed to look up a Cardiologist.
I wondered why the one I called, took me without a referrel, but I was just glad he did at the time, because I wanted help fast, cuz I didn't know what was happening to my heart.
Well, later I heard, that he wasn't allowed to Doctor at the Hospital two blocks from him. And he wanted to be my GP and GYN and he seemed willing to give any anti-anxiety drug I wanted. Fortunately, I knew it wasn't anxiety, so I caught that part, and I kindly thanked him, but I didn't need his GYN offer and when, on my own, I made an appointment with a Neurologist for the terrible Migraines, that were new to me, he got mad at me for going there ........ but Thank God Only that I did, cuz they were the ones who immediately tested me for Lyme. So when I realised this Doc was mad at me for seeing another Dr. besides him, I never went back.
And all of what CheerDad has said, is so true, most especially about doing research for ourselves. I was just blessed again, when it was my Pharmacist that called me and said, "Ann, this new script you just dropped off ... if you take it with what you're already on ... you could have seizures" ... So I called the Dr.s office and they were a bit indignant but they knew they had blown it.
What's been concerning me also, and this is another ball of wax or can of worms to get into, but each drug is made up of a bunch of seperate chemicals.
They put all these chemicals together and make that one drug. But when you start taking multiple types of individually made drugs together .... who on earth REALLY knows, what this new combined compound affects are ???
That's another point you brought up shy, is some Docs just add another to another drug.
If we could research better ourselves as CD said, then find a Sensible Doc as you both said, and he'll work with his patients to find the least amount of pills for each problem. Like just one for the depression, or just one for the A/P. I feel safer only taking one for both of those problems and wish most Dr.s felt that way too.
Good posts. Thank ya's
Late Neuro-Lyme & CFIDS.