The more visits I have with a physician, the harder it is to cut ties. Which is why, between breaths behind a face mask, I was relaying my complaint again.
It was a loop I had been stuck in since summer. Driving to the appointment that December morning, I hoped for change. I left instead with the same prescribed treatment for a condition that was getting worse.
Leaving a physician is easy when you haven’t spent a lot of time in their care. However, the decision gets complicated when you must sort out whether or not their methods are at fault.
I haven’t shied away from healthcare during the pandemic. Even so, doctor shopping isn’t high on the list of things I want to do. But all of the familiar signs are there that it’s time to explore other options.
The one-track mind
Sarcoidosis isn’t the only thing that must be taken into account when I’m being treated. More than half of us with this disease have at least one comorbid condition, according to a retrospective analysis of 1,779 patients. I’m in that 54% of the sarcoidosis population.
When I seek remedies and my various health issues aren’t factored in, problems usually arise, just as they do when doctors choose to go it alone and ignore recommendations from others involved in my care.
Stubborn as a mule
Some practitioners refuse to veer from the course they’ve dictated, even when it’s apparent other measures should be considered. That point arrives for me when I start getting worse, not better.
Last month wasn’t the first time I expressed concerns. Being handed the same script as in past consultations made me feel like I had wasted my time and money.
Nothing new here, move along
Another red flag for me is when physicians rely on a single diagnostic test. And when efforts are failing, they don’t order more thorough radiological exams, bloodwork, or anything else to provide additional information.
I wish I hadn’t dragged this problem into the new year, with even more potentially contagious strains of the coronavirus out there. My mistake was trying to avoid having to start over at square one with someone new.
It’s possible that change still won’t bring the relief I’ve sought these past several months. But my long journey to get diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy taught me that sometimes it takes multiple efforts to get it right.
Brighter side: We all could use a break from bad news right now. So, I’ll be closing my columns with a roundup of positivity until we are able to say goodbye to masks, hug our loved ones, and leave our homes without fear.
- Paid in full: A business owner’s kindness helped make the holidays brighter for more than 150 families in Gallatin, Tennessee. The individual donated more than $17,500 to utility companies to pay off overdue accounts, according to the Gallatin News.
- Let it snow: Busch Beer is running a U.S. promotion that takes a $1 off its brews for every inch of snow that falls in your state. The rebates are available in 31 states and Washington, D.C., the Patriot-News reported.
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