Medical care has become less personalized for a confluence of reasons - adopted business models that demand more productivity from physicians and ancillary clinicians; increased reliance on established “best practices” that are based on cohort group studies; more attention given to common conditions and less to outlier/zebra conditions; profit maximization; population growth and shifting demographics.
But patients are also part of the riddle of depersonalized care. Patients are overall more demanding with less appreciation. Patients also have higher expectations of medical services and desire quick “fixes” rather than incorporating lifestyle and dietary changes.
It is challenging terrain is you have a complex condition or several overlapping conditions and co-mobidities. Communication across specialities, physician to physician, is erratic.
Early on, it seemed I was subject to judgments by every physician, nurse, or ancillary provider commenting on my opiate dosing. I finally decided to stop giving unsolicited comments any response. My medical conditions speak for themselves. I owe no one an explanation.
Darla, my advice to you: Let judgments and criticisms pass over you like a smooth covering of Teflon.
However, never be complacent regarding opiate prescript
ions you receive. Never come to expect that a dosage you have today will be continued next month. I use a tool box of techniques to address my pain (yoga, swimming, progressive relaxation, heat/cold, diversion) and work with my medical team to keep my opiate use realistic and in check.
open ommunication and earned trust with providers is key.
I do not think anyone can truly comprehend the effects of ongoing pain until they have had the experience of unending pain. This forum provides a valuable lifeline for people with pain. People helping people. My life has been constricted by illness. This forum keeps isolation at bay.
Darla: You can feel free to be yourself here, without any false pretense. Everyone here shares a common denominator of pain. You can express yourself here and be heard. That, in itself, is healing.
While hopefully everyday becomes a bit easier for you, do recognize that healing is not always a smooth upward trajectory. Some days may be a step backward. Or a plateau. Healing can wax and wane, ebb and flow, and then regain upward momentum.
Sound advice: Listen to your body. Listen closely. Your body will tell you what it needs.
Hugs and healing wishes,
Post Edited ((Seashell)) : 7/21/2018 4:51:23 PM (GMT-6)