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   Posted 3/2/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Today I went to a new Gastro doctor and while he was interviewing me he asked why I took each medication.  As soon as I told him that I had BP his entire attitude changed towards me, and that was not just my imagination.  It just gets me so mad when you get a doctor of all things treat you differently, its as though all the symptoms that you are having in your body to make you feel sick from what you are seeing them for is all in your head.  I just wanted to share that because I am so pissed and no one really understands except if you have the illness. Thanks confused

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   Posted 3/2/2009 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
It is sad but when I'm asked why I'm on lamictal I generally lie and say that it is for severe reoccurring migraines. Seeing how most mood stabilizers are also anti-seizure/anti-migraine medicine and other than knowing which meds I'm on an average Doc does not really need to know why I take meds (actually I do have migraines and the meds do help a great deal anyway so not too much of a lie). My GP knows but she required me to seek psychiatric help because I kept having weird reactions to anti-depressants.

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   Posted 3/3/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry maggiern. That really is terrible. How frustrating. You would think that doctors of all people would be open minded.

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   Posted 3/4/2009 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Try not to take it personal, some docs are like that, especially specialists from what I have noticed. They will act like you are making it all up, even though your regular doc probably referred you to them. I have been treated this way & I don't have BP, so it probably had little to do with you saying that you have it, but might have had some to do with it. I went round & round with my urologist like that. He was convinced I didn't have a problem even tried to excuse away the pain I was having, then very patronizingly did some bloodwork to find that there actually was a problem, then he was singing a different tune. It's not just you, it seems like sometimes these docs just look for an excuse to get lazy.
"The struggles make you stronger, and the changes make you wise, and happiness has it's own way of taking it's sweet time.
Gary Allan- From "Life Ain't Always Beutiful"

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 3/10/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
yea, some doctors are awful like that. I usualy don't tell them much (i alwasy fear being locked up in an mental hospital), but back in december-ish time i had began SI really badly and they couldn't help but see it. It was a new dr too, i was so stressed out that they'd freak on me that my blood pressure was so high he talked about putting me on meds for that. thankfuly he and the nurse were very nice about it and even suggested where i could go and get better help for my depression. the nurse i think was more curious than anything, which i dont mind that so much; we even made a code for when i'd come in she'd know which arm not to mess with.

The SI really can cause problems for whatever reason its done (it is most common i've found in BP and major depression), some doctors are very very callous about it. I've heard stories of people in the ER not even really being treated for the injuries they have and are treated like it was a waste of the Dr's time.

But i'm usualy pretty open about my illness and habits...the only way to gain acceptence and sometimes to get help is to talk about it wth people.
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