Monday, September 21, 2009

Looking for a new doctor, again

I went to my new doctor for a pap. I had not wanted to go back to my gynecologist because she always kept me waiting in the exam room, shivering, for an hour or more for my appointments. The new doctor spent less than five minutes on this exam, so that wasn't great.

Also not great is that she was dismissive when I explained my concerns about the Topamax. In the two appointments I've had with her, I think she has spent less than 10 minutes talking to me and had never asked about things like how often I exercise or what my weight loss goals were, but she prescribed Topamax, which has weight-loss side effects and has been used off-label as a weight loss drug and ordered a full thyroid panel in my bloodwork. Maybe she thinks I have a weight problem and thought it would be better to try to fix it with drugs rather than talking to me about it?

I'm not sure how to go about finding a doctor who treats me like a person. I know that this one is not the right doctor for me, though. The good news is that I have my birth control pill prescription for the rest of the year and a flu shot, so I probably won't need to see a doctor again for a while. I'm planning to attend a local Integrative medicine event in the hopes that I might meet a better doctor there.

2 comments:

  1. You should not be treated like that by a doctor. I hate it when they don't listen or ask questions of the patient sitting right in front of them. Maybe you could ask friends at home or work for recommendations of doctors to see and NOT to see? Good luck finding someone more responsive and humane.

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  2. It's so hard to find a good doctor. Do you have anyone who can give you a recommendation?

    I went to a new gyno last April. She was very professional, but pushy with Gardasil, which I told her I wouldn't take, since I married and have only one partner. I sometimes feel like they are just pushing pills on us.

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