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How do you deal with stubborn doctors?

Heart & Blood Health | Last Active: Apr 7, 2021 | Replies (14)

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The problem is that the anxiety things are already on the reports, which will affect other doctors’s diagnosis or opinions and since we need a referral from our primary doctors and there is no way to get the second opinion without the primary doctors’ referral. This is what I do not like. I have gastroparesis and the GI doctor told me that the cause might be due to vagal nerve damage or disorder and not function properly and it is what controls the stomach muscle but the female doctor whom I saw first disagreed with it and blame everything on anxiety.

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@learningstudent Call your insurance and ask for a new PCP if your not happy with your Dr You have the right to request a new Dr. A new Dr should listen to you and will evaluate you at this time after you explain why you requested a new PCP

@learningstudent Doctors often don't take the time to read prior reports. You don't have to bring up any of it when you see a new specialist, and it actually is in your favor that 2 doctors disagree on the cause of your issues since you don't agree with them. Often their reports might suggest something, but that doesn't prove it. For proof, they need tests that document results. I know it feels bad to have them say things about you and if you don't get copies of your records you may never know. This also lets you know what they are thinking. I was in need of spine surgery and was afraid of surgery which made my blood pressure go up a lot just by going to see a specialist. He wrote that I needed to see a psychiatrist on my records without telling me which upset me, but then I also knew that I didn't want him for my surgeon. He was the one who started the fear by telling me I had significant spinal cord compression and he was pushy that I needed surgery. It could have been a lot different if he had been compassionate and understanding. I did face my fears and I did just fine and I never saw a psychiatrist or took drugs to ease my fears. He was wrong too because he didn't understand that my leg pain and dizziness was connected to spinal cord compression in my neck. He backed out and told me to fix that first with a rehab doctor and then come back to him for spine surgery. I went elsewhere and I'm glad I did. I needed to face my fears of surgery and he made me realize how much I needed to do my own homework on that. You do have to advocate for yourself and ask questions why your doctor thinks what they think about your health. They should be able to explain their position. They are human and make mistakes too.

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