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Re: I am FURIOUS with my pdoc, what are condions f rjlockhart98

Posted by Racer on July 16, 2005, at 20:44:28

In reply to I am FURIOUS with my pdoc, what are condions for a, posted by rjlockhart98 on July 16, 2005, at 15:26:04

I am doing something about my former pdoc, so I will pass on what I've learned. None of this applies, of course, if you're not in the US, and some is likely to be different in your state if you are.

1. There is a "Patient's Bill of Rights" of a sort, which says that you're entitled to be treated with respect. It doesn't say, though, that your doctor can't provide a reality check, by telling you that he won't order a test you don't need.

2. Suing involves a lot of time spent being asked questions by people who won't be very nice to you, and you'll have to repeat all the things you think are bad over and over and over and you will not be able to get away from them and move on with your life.

3. You can complain to the state licensing board, but even then you'll have to explain to someone why you believe his refusal to order a test has damaged you. That would be an awfully hard sell, kiddo.

4. There are sometimes patient advocates that can help you decide whether or how to approach your doctor about getting a test you think you need. Again, though, the doctor gets to make his opinions known -- including the fact that he doesn't see any need for the test.

OK, Matt, why do you think that an MRI will help you? I'm middle aged, I have a dx of Major Depression, Anorexia Nervosa, and Anxiety Disorder NOS. I've had these disorders since the late 1970s. In that time, I have had one MRI -- for a head injury which was affecting my vision in one eye. For the other disorders? The disorders that are in my head? I've talked to doctors, who have told me their diagnosis of my disorders. That's how most psychiatric disorders are diagnosed.

So why do you think an MRI will help you?

What is it that you mean, specifically, by "losing your mind"? What symptoms are you experiencing that makes you believe this?

What has your doctor said as far as diagnosis?

Hope something in here helps, kiddo. I'm sorry to see you in such pain -- but I'm even sorrier to think of you wasting energy on the thought of suing your pdoc, when there are so many other things you could more productively apply that energy to.


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