Wellness Wednesday- Dealing with Doctors

“I don’t know why while I take prednisone my joints feel much better and as soon as I am off prednisone, I have such intense pain.” I shared that with my then GP. His response was to ignore my comment and focus only on what he wanted to go over.

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That is called Medical Gaslighting. It is when a doctor downplays a patient’s concerns, ignores them, or tries to convince a patient it is imaginary or due to something else.

Anyone who has lived with chronic illness has probably experienced this at least once.

“I don’t want an autoimmune illness. I am not a hypochondriac, but these things run in my family. My older brother has M.S., my older sister has Psoriatic Arthritis, asthma runs in my family, I have relatives with Type 1 diabetes.” I told my current GP that a few years ago. After I told him that, he began to take me seriously.

An excellent book for anyone about dealing with doctors was written by a doctor whose blog I follow. Phoebe Chi is a doctor and her blog is phoebemd.com. Her book is Being Empowered,,,, for a healthy heart. Just the first chapter on being an empowered patient makes the book so worthwhile to buy and read.

After reading her book, I changed how I approach doctor appointments. I kept a symptom log including how often, when, triggers etc. I also began asking more questions during appointments. I became an informed and empowered patient.

Since 2017, I have seen 2 different rheumatologists, a gastroenterologist, two different dermatologists, two different orthopedic specialists, two different physical therapists, spent half a day being x-rayed, seen an ophthalmologist, had so many blood tests and more. In only 3 years, I have been diagnosed with Celiacs Disease, Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Disc is my neck, and Sjogrens. That is on top of the Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid and asthma I already knew I had.

I share all of that just to let you know that I KNOW the frustration of dealing with many doctors.

What has helped me?

1- I pray before I go to a doctor. I invite Jesus into the process. This helps me to focus and also asks the Great Physician to come along with me.

2- I keep a journal of symptoms such as when I have a low grade fever and for how long, rashes, pain, etc.

3- I let each specialist know that various autoimmune problems run in my family.

4- I ask questions.

5- I read information from reputable sources such as Web MD, Mayo Clinic website etc.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

22 thoughts on “Wellness Wednesday- Dealing with Doctors

  1. I can’t stand going to doctors. Most of them never help me. Before I was diagnosed correctly with Celiac Disease, I suffered for 10 years undiagnosed. I even had a doctor prescribe motion sickness pills after I told him about the nausea & gut pain I was experiencing. Boy was he wrong! I have found most doctors to be arrogant and uncaring. Most of them don’t know Jesus, which makes them cold and arrogant. I stay away from them. This is very good advice, thank you! Praying for you. God bless!

  2. I admit I am really not one for going to doctors as well as I likely should. Haven’t had a lot of success in getting recommendations to specialists and the genetic testing typically needed remains cost prohibitive. But, your approach sounds wise. Thanks, Matt! Sending prayers your way. πŸ™‚

  3. Such great advice, Matt. I strongly concur about a health journal, especially for those with chronic or degenerative illnesses. It helps to be able to go back and see how long we have had a symptom. It has happened with my husband that I am shocked when I go back to see when I first wrote about a symptom, thinking it was a few months ago, only to find out it was nearly 2 years ago!

  4. Oh Brother Matt….
    I pray you are completely healed. That’s very good advice for people who have to deal with multiple doctors especially. I was always of the opinion that I must let my body heal naturally and never even took a paracetamol unless I was completely burning up. I don’t pop in pills and I used to….earlier follow a very healthy lifestyle. Even when I was diagnosed with autoimmune and had severe rheumatoid arthritis, I kept pleading with the doctor to not give me steroids. I couldn’t move a finger then ….but I had quite some hope lol. I’m not a very nice patient because I dont want medicines usually. So maybe someone should advise doctors on how to deal with psycho patients like me tooπŸ˜…πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ™ƒπŸ˜‰
    Stay blessed and healthy in Jesus’ name…AmenπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ₯°πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

  5. I was recommended to check your site out, after I had done a post called ” Can I Get More Spoons?” So many of your posts resonate with me. And I’m like ” This guy is talking to me”. Thank you for such a wonderful site glorifying God. I am now following your blog. Peace and Blessings.

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