You know oppinions are like.......well.......and everyone has one! What we think and what all the Doctors think doesn't matter, it is what you think counts and what your comfortable with! Just because this Doctor is a teacher doesn't mean he is the greatest or special! So get that thought out of your head. It is funny how this guy is suppose to be a PCP but yet seems to know more than all your other specialist? And doesn't agree with them on what meds they give you? WOW he must be fantastic if he knows more that each one of the specialist you go to! Do you know what I mean? THis guy doesn't even really know you, sees you for the very first time, and then says you should not be on all these medications that your taking? I am only speaking for my self now, but Laurie that send up red flags all over the place for me! Maybe after I seen him a few dozen times and he changed things slowly after he really got to know me and what was wrong with me, then yes maybe that would be OK, but to make such rash broad statements right off the bat without ever really haveing a chance to really get to know you???? For me that just would not seem right.
I had a Doctor like that once, and he was so full of himself, first time I seen him he said I had diabetes, and a whole bunch of things and I didn't. He even had me on Parkinsons medications for 2 years, and I don't have Parkinsons, for a year and a half I found out the Sleep Center was recommending a Adaptive Servo Ventilator ASV machine for my sleep apnea, but he did not believe in the techonology because it was to new, so he refused to prescribe the treatment for me. When I found all this out, he was now longer my Doctor! Looking back (hindsight is usually 20/20) I should have realized that he wasn't correct, the red flags were all there! But I have learned and I am more alert an cautious now!
12 years or so ago a couple of doctors said I might have Fibro,along with degenerative disc disease, anyway I was sent down to St. Louis to see this Neurologist who was a Professor at teaches medicine at a well known teaching hospital. He told me he did not believe in Fibro, and it was just a diagnoses that was made up to satisfy people, when what they really needed was psychiatric help! He also told me that most people did not have chronic pain and if they didn't want it that it would go away! I knew then that this appointment was going to be a waste of time, I traveled 200 mile for absolutely nothing! By the way I was right, even my PCP was shocked and disagreed with this supposedly specialist!
Anyway just becare Laurie and don't jump into things! A good PCP can be a Great asset to have to co-ordinate with all your other Doctors, a bad one can make everything a nightmare! In the end it is what and who you are comfortable with! Thatr is what counts!
Good Luck to You
Moderator Chronic Pain
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV