Thursday, June 10, 2010

Knowing When You Need A New Doctor

My psychiatrist's appointment did not go well again. There are a lot of problems that lead me to believe that I need to find a new one.

She tends to get very defensive if I disagree with something she says or tell her how my body reacts to medications I've been on for 6 years. She acts like she knows how my body works more than I do. In addition, she does not listen to my concerns or what I am saying. Her medication choices for me and the medication changes she's insisted I make really make me question her qualifications. I really don't like speaking negatively of others, but it really seems that I am not going to be able to work with this psychiatrist.

If you have a doctor whom you don't feel listens to your concerns or communicates with you about your conditions and medications, it may be time to find a new doctor. I found this article on-line the other night, and I thought it was very helpful and insightful, so I thought I'd share it with all of you. I hope you find it helpful as well.

10 Signs You Need a New Doctor

Wishing you pain-free days!


Mariodacatsmom said...

Thanks for the info. I have Parkinson's Disease and have a terrible time with the appropriate medications for PD. I have started writing my doctor a letter each time he starts a new medication. I mail it off, track my symptoms for a week, write another letter. Etc. He finally began to see what was happening. Unfortunately with PD there aren't that many medications that work and he put me on the best one. I have now scheduled an appointment about 3 hours away just to get a second opinion. The new doctor specializes in PD only, so maybe she has some tricks up her sleeve. I wish you well. It might be a good idea to try another doctor for a second opinion. It's tough, I know! I also have chronic pain from a very bad back and SI joint and some arthritis! I hope thigs go well for you.

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