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.