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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 4/7/2011 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Thursday Koffee Klatch
 
    
     If you are new to this forum family then you may be wondering what kind of goofy question is that on a health care forum. idea   We all suffer with medical conditions and with most of us there is pain involved...sometimes a lot of pain. Or maybe you are the loved one of one of these persons. This forum is all about how we help and support each other, how we gain back more quality to our lives, and how we can learn and share what we gain along the way and hopefully make not only our lives better but the lives of others who come to join us.

      But we need to also remember that there is the other side of life...the side that isn't concentrated on illness and pain. That's why we started the daily Koffee Klatch. This is a time to laugh, reminisce, chit-chat about the silly things in our lives...all fun things and no pain. In fact the 'P' word is not allowed...  turn    So each day we share our thoughts or experiences on a different topic. Often it includes food, sometimes we talk about our past, and other times we just get goofy! Laughter is our goal. So, please join us whether this is your very first day on Healing Well or you're a seasoned veteran.
 
Daily Question:
 
Do you like your doctor(s)?
 

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood

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Rhaevin
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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 4/7/2011 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
The ones I have now a days... Yes!

CRPSpatient
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   Posted 4/7/2011 9:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, yes and yes - with all my heart. I've got several doctors - my GP, my pain specialist, my GI specialist, my cardiologist. And okay - she's not a doctor, but I've got my physiotherapist as well. And in truth - without the emotional/personal support from my GP and physio, as well as the medical support from all of them, I don't think that I'd be here today.

I went through a period of very severe depression because of my condition - I was dealing with serious spread, loss of my career before it had started, finding myself in a wheelchair, a 'good' day being 8/10 pain and I wanted to give up on life. I've never been able to find a psych or counselor I've got on well with so my GP kind of acts as a stand in - he went as far as giving me his mobile phone number and telling me that if I was in a really bad place I could ring him any time - even in the middle of the night. My physio has done the same thing.

I'm not quite as close to my pain specialist and GI specialist but again - these are both men who have held my hand - literally - through some of the toughest times of my life. The've hugged me when I've been crying with fear and pain before yet another surgery or procedure, when I've been at the end of my tether. My GI specialist saved my life - he refused to give up on my when my gastroparesis nearly killed me, when a lot of other docs maybe would have given up. I weighed 28kg, I looked like a concentration camp victim and my body was ready to die. He stopped that happening. My pain specialist tells me I have one of the worst cases of CRPS he has ever seen, but he still tries to find new ways to help me.

So actually - no - I don't like my doctors. I love 'em :D

Laura
CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension.

On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Somac, Cipramil. Have a spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio.

babygirl2201028
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Date Joined Feb 2011
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   Posted 4/7/2011 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I wish I did, But I feel like she does not care...are there actually doctors out there who care?

Blessedx8
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   Posted 4/7/2011 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
It took many years - and some horrible experiences - but, yes, now I love all of my doctors.  I've got a PM doc, cardiologist, endocrinologist, pulmonologist, psych... hmmm, I think that's it.  But, yes, I love them all.  I'm at the point of my life that - unless there was absolutely no other option - I wouldn't settle for a doctor that I didn't like.
 
--Tina

Betsey Ross
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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 4/7/2011 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I do not like my orthopedic trauma surgeon. He has washed his hands of me -I am healed and he didnt know why I was in extreme pain and that i couldnt walk. Then it was allergy testing and I found out that I am allergic to the metal in my reconstructed leg. He wont take the metal out until July. i wonder if it was his wife that had this if he would move the removal date up to May? I love my PM doc - He is right down the street from my house and he listens to me and really tries his best to help me.

Soft hugs
Betsey
crushed lower knee and vertical fx of yibia/external fixator placed/plates and screws and tried to place big pieces of cartiledge under knee cap/tremendous pain in affected legcontinously without improving/allergic to metal in left leg/leg isnt straight/need metal removed in July/wait 6 months for healing/then toatal knee replacement/straighten out leg/more phsyxical therapy/take opana er

auntkay
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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 4/7/2011 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Lets see pcp ahh their alright,ortho dr well he's been pretty hard on me i even left his office in tears one day he could lighten up.My rheumy he's okay the man thinks he's God and my Gi i like very well!! I'm looking for a new gyno so that should tell ya what i think of her. My breast specialist he's good and i only see him once a year now . I think i covered them all sure does take quite a team to keep me running,lol.

_Christina
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 553
   Posted 4/7/2011 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
My psychiatrist I have had since 2007, and I am lucky to have her. I love her so much. She gives me just the right amount of push. Out of my current team she is my favorite, and she was my first. I am so blessed that the bipolar breakdown happened when it did to give me time to get my emotional feet underneath me bedore the pain started. She does really well in trying to keep me stable through the other symptoms and treatments.
My pulmonalogist is great, but I only see him 2x a year now.
I do not like my current rheumotologist, for reasons listed in other places. I feel like he is not listening to me when I tell him that I hurt, that the pain is complicating my bipolar treatment. I tell him that I feel like the joints are getting worse, and he asks where is the swelling? Can't have deteriation without balloon type swelling. Won't reconsider treatment options, or at least explain his reasons. Won't consider doing current testing. Just get used to it. -Well, get used to me being gone.
My PM Dr is an angel walking among us. He was the first one to go beyond "I'm sorry you hurt" to "let's fix that". He started me on a low dose because of the other meds I was on, and told me what to look for inworst case senario symptoms, then he very quickly increased dosage to get to a good spot. I'm going to have a hard time keeping myself from giving him a hero complex for a while.
My PCP has been great so far. He is our family dr, so my husband and all our kids see him too. I think I stepped on his toes a bit this last visit. The time before he had decided not to change my pain meds, to actually hace me take less meds and focus on loosing weight and exercise to decrese pain. Ok, wrong answer, but I can loose weight too.
This time I could see, after I gave my meds with all the new ones, and the list of new drs, I could see him draw back and emotionally distence himself. I hope that doesn't last forever. Without doing much he immedantly gave me a reffural to someone else to to tests. I'll have to see how he reacts to that later.
My psychologist is awsome too, bu I need more time to come.

Meds kicked in. G N.
christina
Treatments: gluten-free diet, Cpap
Medications: omeprazole, probiotic caps; multi-vitamin supplement; docusate sodium, fiber chews; zertec, ferrous sulfate, cymbalta, lamotrigine, ambien, alprazolam, plaquinil, sulfasalazine, methotrexate, leucovorin calicium, folic acid, motrin, tramadol, pennsaid, aspercream, nasonex, albuterol sulfate inhaler
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