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Re: If it aint broke, why fix it

Posted by Nancy on April 5, 1999, at 9:58:12

In reply to Re: If it aint broke, why fix it, posted by shirley on April 3, 1999, at 17:01:13

> Boy, can I relate to your doctor's attitude about the med issue (if it works, let's not change it). My husband's doctor is the SAME WAY. In fact, I think he phrased it exactly that way. I mentioned this before, but it is ANNOYING that these dr's don't seem to want to address these issues (sexual side affects and weight gain) that ARE so important to people.
> If you are like my husband, though, you're just relieved to feel "normal" again--the anafranil DOES WORK to ELIMINATE ocd with him. He's been on it since it came out, for maybe 6+ years. It's interesting that you mention the sleep issue, too. He is also worried about not being able to sleep if he switches to something else.
> Also, he sometimes delays his dose, or skips a dose. This might help.
> I think we need to be more assertive with these psych doctors. Instead of describing the problem, maybe we need to actually TELL them that we expect something to be done. It also helps if you have some knowledge of your options--then you can just tell them what exactly to prescribe. I do this all the time with my primary care doctor, because I guess he's too busy to educate himself on ALL med issues. Calm down, Shirley.......This is just my ranting and raving here. I just know Dr. Bob or someone is going to "set me straight" here!
Set you straight??? WHY! Your's is an honest and correct summation of pdoc ego. I have had to put up with several such docs. Interestingly, the current pdoc is supposed to be a top flight bipolar disorder specialist. I'm so unimpressed with him that I'm switching to a different pdoc.
The new pdoc, I have already interviewed, sees my honors degree in chemistry and graduate research in neuroscience as an asset to our cooperative effort in treatment of my bipolar-1 illness. This pdoc is receptive.





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