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Re: self medicating: pdoc horror story pellmell

Posted by Lini on October 1, 2001, at 10:41:12

In reply to Re: self medicating: pdoc horror story shelliR, posted by pellmell on September 30, 2001, at 18:07:56

pellmell -

I called my doctor this morning and told his secretary my whole story (kinda passive aggresive I know) and said that I felt bad about not consulting with him before upping my dose to 40 mg.

My doctor just called me back and told me not to feel bad and that the most important thing was how *I* was feeling on the meds. He said he wanted to be involved if I was thinking about any other changes and would call in and change my prescription.

In your defense, I don't think that your doctor handled the situation very well. He is the professional and you are both *equally* responsible for establishing a collaborative process. So while you should have talked to him about the change in meds (I should have done that too) since this is the first time it has come up, he should have been supportive and open - reinforcing how he is there to help.

Because my doctor was mostly interested in how he could be helpful, I feel more empowered. I will definitely tell him my intentions next time and explain my reasoning - I feel comfortable that the two of us can hash it out.

In your case, I would let your doctor know that until your meds start working correctly, you're going to need him to be a little more sensitive to your feedback. If your doctor can't separate his ego from your health needs, then put his ass on the curb. The last thing you need is to deal with his issues while he ignores yours!

Best of luck - let me know how it works out.


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