Good Morning. Doctors sometimes aren’t willing to order tests that patients think are
necessary because they think the patient’s belief about what’s wrong is way off base;
they sometimes suggest a patient’s symptoms are psychosomatic when every test
they run is negative but the symptoms persist; and they sometimes offer
explanations for symptoms the patient finds improbable but refuse to pursue the
cause of the symptoms any further.
Sometimes these judgments are correct and sometimes they’re not—but the
experience of being on the receiving end of them is always frustrating for
patients. However, given that your doctor has medical training and you
don’t, the best you can sensibly hope for are judgments based on sound
scientific reasoning rather than unconscious bias. Unfortunately, though, even
the minds of the most rational scientists are teeming with unconscious biases.
Sometimes your doctor is unable to identify a physical cause for your symptoms
and turns reflexively to stress or anxiety as the explanation, given that the
power of the mind to manufacture physical symptoms from psychological
disturbances is not only well-documented in the medical literature but a common
experience most of us have had (think of “butterflies” in your stomach when
you’re nervous). And sometimes your doctor will be right.
But in dealing with your doctor’s biases, you have on your side a fact I firmly
believe to be true: most doctors want to do a good job and help their patients
as best they can.
There’s almost no way for you to be sure your doctor doesn’t know what’s wrong
because he or she doesn’t know or because no one knows.
Sometimes you have to go through multiple doctors until you finally find the
right one with the right experience to figure out your problem.
If you still feel your lungs and neuro status need further testing look for that one physician that will order the tests.
At the same time consider anxiety as one of your disorders and keep working on it as we can have anxiety along with medical problems.
and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. "She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."