• Being heard by the medical community

    Asked by kashubian on Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Being heard by the medical community

    I have a general question for the community here at large. When a medical professional is not actually hearing you during an office visit? How do you handle the situation as it degrades when they don't address your concerns and their lack of respect becomes obvious?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      I'm am fortunate that I have a great team that listens to me and we discuss options for treatment, etc. I worked hard to put this team together. I have switched PCPs and specialist on several occasions because of the issue you are describing.

      My current PCP is the best, he knows what I look for in a doctor and recommends ones that he knows will work for me. I am also lucky to live a mile from one of the best hospitals and cancer centers in the country and have lots of options when choosing individual doctors, nurse practitioners, etc for my team.

      over 7 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar
      BuckeyeShelby

      Is there a patient navigator attached to your treatment center or hospital? Usually that individual is a nurse or social worker who can provide help. If you have someone like that, they may be able to help you bridge the communication gap. Or you could try bringing that directly to the doctor's attention or the attention of the office manager. If none of those ideas worked, it may be time to decide if the doctor is good enough to outweigh the lack of communication. Some doctors are fabulous in their positions but reek as human beings. Only you can make that decision. Best of luck!

      over 7 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      We should rate not listening on a scale of 1-10. I just got a new primary. My problems are strep since May, and thyroid out of range since January. Yes, I have cancer diagnosis and had face radiation for a Christmas present. OK.
      I said to my new doctor this week-first time I saw him- Let me tell you the reasons why my radiology oncologist says that my sore throat isn't a side-effect of radiation. #1, I have a moist mouth, so my throat isn't drying out. He interrupted me and started asking me if I used some spray to help throat dryness. I said, My throat isn't dry. He said many patients are in denial. I stared-THEN I SPIT IN MY HAND AND SHOULD HIM THE SLOBBER. He turned red, and said-You have adequate moisture in your mouth. I ALSO TOLD HIM THAT I CAN BREATHE THROUGH MY NOSE which is another part of the throat drying out. I got the strep test-and -yes- I still do have strep.
      My answer is change doctors if melodrama like spitting doesn't wake them up. My old doctor told me that he doesn't treat cancer-I told him that I have 2 oncologists that do that, but it didn't change anything.
      One method I have is to take my biker grandson in-the doctor is thinking that his computer should be by the door, so he can make a quick escape. But I get some answers.
      I believe that if a doctor doesn't want to care for you, they should let you know,

      Do you know how crazy it seems to say that I'm currently taking an antibiotic for strep that I've had since May-and my thyroid has been out since Jan? The medical community doesn't want to believe me that things like that can happen. It happened because my doctor wouldn't listen. This doctor better listen-next visit we won't be covering 71 years of medical care-just strep. He also decided that I have chronic strep-Not. It's been over 20 years since I had strep.

      over 7 years ago

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