i think we’re all in the right position to warn others to be more wary of what their doctor tell them.
no, i’m not talking about going all out to use knowledge we got from google and throw it into the doctor’s face, i simply mean to take what our doctor’s tell us with a pinch of salt.
don’t let our brain go to waste, do some critical thinking, critique their POV, question other possibilities, and explore other options.
i feel like doctor’s should be more open minded should he/she ever need to engage in a discussion with their patients, because at the end of the day, we’re there for a consultation to get a medical opinion.
it’s just an opinion, NOT THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH.
whenever i bring up the topic of topical steroids addiction and withdrawal, the first reaction i hear is “NO, THAT IS NOT POSSIBLE.”.
they didn’t even need time to process what i say, think through all the possibilities before coming up with their reply.
it’s just a NO in my face almost immediately after i suggested TSW.
this morning, my mother went to the polyclinic.
she did a few general health check ups last week, this week, she’s there to see a general practitioner to discuss the results.
me: what did the doctor say?
mom: the results are fine. i also showed him my leg, he say he can give me something to apply. i asked him if it contains steroids, he said yes, so i rejected it. he says that’s the only way to deal with eczema.
me: did he suggest that it’s because of your vein issues? (read this entry if you need a background of my mom’s situation. TL;DR, i diagnosed my mom with varicose eczema, eczema that’s caused by bad blood circulation)
mom: no. he just say it’s eczema.
me: he didn’t even try to find out why?
me: i already told you the other time that this is most likely a vein issue and NOT a typical skin issue.
mom: but the doctor didn’t say anything about it!
me: the doctor don’t know better!
mom: you’re too extreme! he’s just a general practitioner, not a specialist!
me: i’m neither a specialist nor a general practitioner, but yet i manage to come up with something that seems to explain all your symptoms while your doctor can’t. it doesn’t take a specialist to consider other possibilities!
mom: today’s consultation was quick!
me: i bet you didn’t even stay 5 minutes in the consultation room.
mom: yea! it was really brief!
i am trying to understand my mom’s train of thought.
just because someone is a certified doctor doesn’t mean he knows everything in this entire world.
neither are they making the best decision for us.
i guess we’ve all been there before, trusting our derms, thinking that what they do is for our benefit.
of course, in the doctor’s mind, they are doing us good because they’re alleviating us of our inconvenient symptoms.
they truly believe that they’re doing us a favour and helping us.
i don’t blame them.
had i not been screwed over by people who think they know everything just because they’ve been through so many years of med school, including slaving themselves to fulfill thousand of hours of residency, i would still be thinking the same way as my mom!
“the doctor has got to be right!”, that’s what we were raised to believe.
that’s the power of having a M.D. in front of your name, i suppose.
people see you as an expert and worship you.
but an expert opinion is not always the most beneficial, because most opinions are developed without total understanding of the situation. (“total understanding” will be elaborated further down in this entry)
just asking yourselves, when was the last time your doctor asked you about all possible aspects of your life before coming to a conclusion that can possibly address the cause of your problems?
i bet they don’t even try to explain the problems and skip straight to the medications that can deal with the symptoms.
i’m not shaming doctors or experts.
they didn’t do what they do to hurt people intentionally.
and that’s kind of scary because if they don’t realize the problem, they can’t fix a problem that don’t exist in their mind.
kinda like what i heard in the movie “american sniper”.
“if i can’t see them, i can’t shoot them.”
part of the problem also lies with the medical system.
everything is about efficiency.
i spend more time waiting to see the doctor than actually consulting the doctor, that speaks something, doesn’t it?
the problem is even worse in government clinics because we have to see different doctors every time we visit.
and in light of efficiency, no doctor is going to run through your medical history with you every single time you enter their door.
c’mon, even you as the patient will be bored if you have to repeat your life and medical history a dozen times?
i still hold the view that the relationship between a doctor and patient should be more personal.
a little bit more care, perhaps.
the intrinsic desire to care for another person means placing that person’s welfare first, above and beyond their own interest.
that additional human touch will probably bring about better outcomes because..
just look at how cautious a mother is when rearing her child and you’ll get what i mean.
allopathic medicine is all about weighing the cost and benefits of using drugs to treat our symptoms.
most of the time, i feel that doctors don’t care enough to consider all the cost that we have to bear as patients.
a caring doctor will bother to find out more about your life, your environment, your state of mind, your diet, things that you’re dealing with etc., on top of your health.
why are these important, you ask?
that’s because humans react to everything around them, and everything can be a source of sickness.
can you really solve a crime case by looking at the murder scene alone?
HELL NO! (unless you’re sherlock holmes, but he is only fictional)
you need to at least find out the relationship between the victim and the suspects, the kind of activity the victim has been engaged in prior to his death, and all the other different aspects of his life that may or may not help with the case!
too bad our doctors do not have the time and luxury to play sherlock with us,
that’s why the entire nation is only getting sicker even though they’re on so much medication, as shown by the increase spendings on medication over the years.
if our disease is a murderer, then the doctors are merely trying to hide the evidence of any killings while letting the murderer get away to commit more crimes.
and drugs are definitely doing a pretty good job at hiding things.
*erases finger prints*
it’s hard to find a doctor who will hold your hand and hunt down that main source of all your health issues.
if you find one, treasure him/her.
they’re almost as rare as a disney fairy tale.
for the majority of us, stay vigilant.
if it’s just a short term course of medication to fix an acute problem, the benefits most often outweighs the side effects.
but for long term medication, PLEASE HUNT THAT SOAB DOWN AND NIB IT AT ITS ROOTS.
even genetic issues have the environment as a contributing factor, so there’s really something you can do other than to rely on drugs just because your doctors say “it’s the only way to manage it”.
i’m still looking forward to finding that doctor who can change my mind about things.
right now, things look a little bleak.
p.s. money is the root of all evil.
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