How can I trust doctors after so many misdiagnoses?
February 5, 2008 8:59 AM Subscribe
I have bad luck with doctors and/or diseases. How do I regain trust in the medical profession? To what extent should I do so?
posted by unknowncommand to health & fitness (21 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
For the most part, I am the picture of perfect health. When I have health issues, though, they turn into an avalanche of misdiagnoses and misery. I'm not sure why.
I've experienced misdiagnoses involving severe strep throat (4 times misdiagnosed), allergic reactions (3 times), mononucleosis, kidney infections (twice), skin infection, and hypothyroid, and that's not EVEN including issues that I'm too embarrassed about to post on the internet. Two of these times I was near hospitalization because my symptoms were not addressed correctly.
Sometimes these have been resolved by repeated visits to the same doctor, sometimes through second opinions. Both of these prolong pain and also make me feel like I'm being pushy or demanding a particular diagnosis. Either way, I am totally burnt out on the entire medical "practice".
So now what? How can I get over this distrust? Just telling new doctors upfront that I think they're wrong? Writing letters of complaint for past problems? Hypnosis? Smashing stuff? Becoming a doctor?
But also, what do I do when I feel like I'm not being taken seriously, or that my treatment isn't effective? Honestly, I'm not one of those people who Googles "hiccups" and concludes that they have brain cancer. Should I always pursue second opinions? Get two GP's? I honestly don't know anymore. Help!