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    Default How to you explain medical problems

    O.k. I have a slight problem several people have told me that I don't know how to explain medical problems, meaning that when I am talking to the dr that I don't convey excatley what's wrong....

    example: I feel like my bones are hurting all the time. I explain to the dr my bones hurt : he ask where I show him where : from my wrist to my elbow and from my knee to my ankle : Dr states how do I know it's my bones, could be my skin, could be my muscles...My statement to him is I am not a dr I can only tell you what I think and how it feels. It's up to you to figure out what it is and why it is happening. The answer I get from the dr is I have no clue and he acts like he is confused. Can someone help me????

    Example: My ear has been hurting on and off for over a year now, 2 doctors have given me different answers for this....1st is ear infections that will not clear up....Second one says sinus problem draining in the ear and was told it would go away. Now explaining this to the disability dr he ask how do I know that it is my ear, says it could be my head or my neck or even something else. My reply I don't know but you would think that someone would figure it and solve it. What do you think? He responds with I don't know does your feet hurt??? WHAT????

    Maybe it is just me but several people that have went with me to the dr have said that it is the way that I am talking to the drs that they don't understand and that's why my issue does not get resolved....
    So how do you explain that your ear hurts other than say my right ear hurts...

    Any suggestions on this .....
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    Leaann,

    Your not in this boat alone. Just the other day I told my dr that my hips and knees felt like I had been horseback for the last 48 hours. His reply was I don't know what that means. I've got no idea how to explain that to him. Guess I need to put him on a horse for a couple of hours and he'll know. I tried to explain to him that if I stand more than 15 minutes or walk a half a block I'm hunting a place to sit down.

    So what did he do? He ordered more test. Test my brain, my blood. Nothing to do with my joints.

    It aint you they need to listen to what we say and think about it for just a second.


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    Doctors decide what they are going to focus on (or not) in the 1st couple of minutes. It is important to prioritize.

    I have problems with communicating with doctors too. With autoimmune disease, it is important that they get the whole picture in order to make a diagnosis and effectively treat the disease. If you go on too long though, they get in a hurry.

    You are already taking someone with you to help. That's good. I am taking my husband with me to all appointments now and he says I don't let the doctor know how seriously ill I am. I tend to minimize things.

    I am trying to train my husband to jump in when I am not getting the point across, to help me out. It is a work in progress.

    Grime, testing your brain and blood might help the doctor find out what is affecting your joints. I guess that doc had never been on a horse before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elizabeth View Post
    Doctors decide what they are going to focus on (or not) in the 1st couple of minutes. It is important to prioritize.

    I have problems with communicating with doctors too. With autoimmune disease, it is important that they get the whole picture in order to make a diagnosis and effectively treat the disease. If you go on too long though, they get in a hurry.

    You are already taking someone with you to help. That's good. I am taking my husband with me to all appointments now and he says I don't let the doctor know how seriously ill I am. I tend to minimize things.

    I am trying to train my husband to jump in when I am not getting the point across, to help me out. It is a work in progress.

    Grime, testing your brain and blood might help the doctor find out what is affecting your joints. I guess that doc had never been on a horse before.
    Sounds like you are in defense of the doctors. If they make up their mind in the first couple of minutes on what to focus on then you are not being treated right. They aren't even hearing what you are saying. It all comes down to the money and not treatment.

    Like my doctor has stated more than once. The good thing about VA is its free and you are getting what you pay for.

    Since its free what value is 7 years of my life worth? Nothing. I have taken my complaints to my US Rep. about the VA system.

    18 months now and my health has gotten to a point that I don't even want to stand much less walk into a WalMart. I'm still not on any meds.

    By the way for the record the only test left they can do on me is an autopsy. They even agree on that.


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    David,
    Great to see you back here. The last I knew, you and Lisa were about to sail to Florida or thereabouts. Are you back in Texas, or have you seen VA docs in another state? I'm now in Monterey, Ca. Jeff is loving NPS. See you when we get back to Texas in three years.
    Now, you tell them to hold off on that autopsy 'til after that! We never did get to meet for that cup of coffee when you visited the VA in San Antonio, so you still owe me!
    I know what you guys are talking about with the docs. I've seen so many specialists - and each one tries to explain my symptoms from the point of view of his/her specialty. I wish that I could just sit them all down in one room and get them to figure it out.
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    I'm sorry you have weird doctors, but I can tell you this much, if you can localize pain to a location, it probably is that location. If you have pain in your ear, its in your ear- not your head or neck...Pain is something you can either localize or you can't. For example, for two months I had problems breathing. It hurt horribly in my chest and I went to the ER twice and they did EKGs and told me I was fine and sent me on my merry way. I was like, NO I'm not fine. I DO have pain and something is wrong. We later on found out my lungs had like black spots and my heart was surrounded with water...soooooo- I was right. Point is, if you feel the pain in an area, its most likely that area and not some other place.
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