Calling BS on bad doctors

Today’s Wego Health post: Calling BS on something. What’s something that is just ridiculous? 

For most of my life I have had faith in doctors. After all they went to school for 4 extra years and then a residency beyond that for 4-6 more years, and many of them have been practicing medicine for a long, long time. So they know what they are doing, and if they say something it must be true, right?

Sadly, since the development of my health problems 2 1/2 years ago, my perception of doctors has done a 180. I’ve come to the conclusion that most of them have no idea what they are doing and are so arrogant and convinced in their superiority to the rest of us, they will never admit they are wrong. They would rather you suffer needlessly than admit they don’t know the answer.

So many of us with chronic illness go to the doctor when are symptoms begin and expect a direct answer about what is wrong with us. Instead we get shuttled from doctor to doctor, each one telling us there is nothing wrong, it’s in our head, we are depressed, we should seek psychiatric help. I was told this so many times I begin to wonder if I was crazy. Maybe I was depressed and didn’t realize it? After all the doctors all told me that I must be depressed, and they had all the experience and knowledge, right? Maybe I  just didn’t know I was depressed?

I call BS on these doctors. Never EVER let a doctor convince you that your symptoms are not real. Never EVER let them convince you that it is all in your head, or your symptoms are just depression. The moment when I realized that most doctors are egotistical maniacs  (and have no idea what they are doing) happened when I came home from yet another doctor claiming I was depressed. I decided to look up the symptoms of depression. The only symptom I had was tiredness, that was it. I wasn’t sad, I didn’t feel hopeless except for when it came to fixing my health, I didn’t have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, I didn’t avoid people or social activities. The only trouble I had was doing these things physically, not mentally. Besides my physical problems, I was happy.

To anyone who is searching for the answer to your health problems and is being ignored by the medical community. DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM. You are not imagining it. There are good doctors out there, doctors who care, doctors who will listen to you! If your doctor is telling you your problems are all in your head, run, don’t walk out their door. This is BS. It might take you 10, 20, 30 doctors, but you will find one who will help you and will listen. Don’t give up! Keep fighting until you find someone who cares!

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4 thoughts on “Calling BS on bad doctors

  1. I agree with you 100%. I used to have so much faith in doctors until I married my husband. The stories he tells me about some of the doctors at the hospital.. yikes! If it weren't for my husband and other pharmacists, I guarantee you there would be a huge increase in patient deaths. I take John to ALL my pain management appointments because even THAT doctor almost prescribed me a medicine that would have had a very severe interaction with one of the other meds I take! And don't even get me started on Physician Assistants…. especially now that they are allowed to prescribe Schedule III controlled substances…

  2. I definitely agree. I think one thing that has helped me is to bring in my own "medical resume". It demonstrates to doctors that I've chronicled my own illness for the past 7+ years and that I have a pretty good idea of what's going on. I've also learned to become really bossy. This is why I'm here, this is what I want. I need an answer to this.

    But I also agree that sometimes, you just need to move on to a new practitioner. I've been very blessed to become patients of some really amazing doctors. I don't really have any tips on how to find such people because these are the journeys I made to my awesome practitioners:
    1) referral from one of the worst specialists ever; turns out they crossed paths in residency or something
    2) his practice bought my previous doctor's practice when he transitioned out of private practice into business
    3) google search for a doctor who specialized in exactly this combination of diseases (good thing one of the few doctors that met this criteria happened to be close by!)

    If you live in America, I would definitely suggest using Kudzu or other review sites to see feedback. It's not completely reliable but it's better than opening a phone book and putting your finger on someone's name.


    1. I keep wondering when I'm going to find that "wonderful" doctor. My current doc is just OK. I live in Houston which has some of the best medical care in the country, and I still have a hard time finding decent doctors! I'll have to try Kudzu, I don't think I've looked before.

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