Letters From Our Readers – Wacky Doc Sayings Don’t Stop 12/20/06

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Taking Notes? Compulsive!

I just signed up and was happy to find a link to all the "Wacky Doc Sayings" in your website message thread "Wackiest things your doctor ever told you.” http://www.chronicfatiguesyndromesupport.com/chat/forums/message.cfm?id=958169&B=FM#960795 It made me laugh, which is a wonderful thing to do if you have FMS and/or CFS. Here's mine:

Before my then-suspected FMS was diagnosed, I sought a second cardiologist's opinion of my chest pain. I had been to many doctors by then. My memory was a mess, so I valiantly tried to keep my records straight. The new cardiologist fired one question after another at me. I'd begin searching for the answers in some files I brought along. But, as soon as I'd start looking, he'd say, "Never mind," and we'd go another round. I was having a bad day, and his impatience with me was making me anxious. I couldn't remember anything and couldn't find anything.

Even so, I tried to write down whatever he told me so I could remember it later. In his report to my internist, the cardiologist wrote that I was "scribbling multiple pages of notes to try to describe all the problems she has." His diagnosis? Obsessive/compulsive disorder! – Virginia

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Disheartening Honesty

When I was diagnosed with fibro, the rheumatologist said it was too bad I didn't have rheumatoid arthritis, because at least he knew how to treat that.

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The Jack Sprat Syndrome

ME: I cannot take heavy air conditioning or fans. I hurt too badly if I do. The pain makes me unable to function. My hubby likes it cold. But I cannot live with it. I have no life at all with it.

HE: Well you have to think of your husband, and stop being so unfair. Consider his needs.

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Pity the Doc’s Wife

I have always gone to doctors having done my research and with a list of questions in hand. I found out very quickly that this doc wasn't fond of being questioned (that's an understatement). He was very good at monologues and I found it hard to stop him long enough to ask a question…When I politely interrupted his monologue to ask an important question he blurted "I could never be married to YOU!"…

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Simple New Insomnia Cure

When I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in high school my doctor told me there was no cure or treatment for it but I was lucky I got it when I was so young so they'd have time to fix it. I was also told by the same doctor that my insomnia would get better if I slept more!

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Thankful for the “Good Apples”

In response to the thread, "Wackiest things your doctor ever told you," and I've run into some pretty wacky doctors, I've also had some really wonderful ones. I'm willing to bet we all have.

For instance, my family practioner gave me an appointment for this afternoon even though his schedule was full. If he hadn't, I'd have had to go to the ER, spend hours on an uncomfortable table, and probably have been sent home knowing no more about my condition than when I went in.

I'm short of breath, have chest pain, and an echocardiogram showed that my heart is enlarged. My doctor reassured me that an enlarged heart is not always a symptom of heart disease, and arranged for an earlier appointment with my cardiologist than I'd have been able to schedule myself.

The last time I saw my gastroenterologist (I have collagenous colitis) he prescribed [an over-the-counter drug]. Knowing that this drug costs about $50 a month over the counter, I asked if any drugs in the class were still prescription (my insurance pays). He said [another drug was, and wrote it] on my chart, then walked out of the room. When he returned a minute or two later he had a month's sample of [this drug] for me – all without mentioning a word about money or my lack of it.

So, yes, there are some good doctors out there, and I'm sure I'm not the only one on this board who stumbles across one once in a while. – GB