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    I seriously need a new doctor

    I was waiting all morning for my 11 am phone call appointment with my doctor. Couldn't do anything while waiting. As soon as I heard his voice on the call, I started tearing up, sweating, and hyperventilating.

    Any tips for what to do while waiting for a new doctor in my area to start accepting new patients? Or dealing with a male doctor when you feel unsafe with male authority figures?

    #Doctor #Medication #Waiting #AnxietyAttack #Anxiety #Depression #Trauma #CPTSD

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    Doctors and Diagnoses

    FIRST: PLEASE UNDERSTAND, I AM NOT BASHING ANYONE IN ANYWAY. ONLY FACTS.

    One thing I believe from 17 years’ experience on one side of the bedrails and 20 years on the other side of the bed rails, is one of the most important people in your life are your Professional Caregivers! It is our LIFE, and we must be in the hands of someone we trust or feel comfortable with… OR we are on a very bumpy road. We tend to be intimated by someone who might have a bit more education than us. IF that ever is an uneasy, overall feeling, then find another doctor and let this one go. I discovered patients aren’t aware they can fire their doctors. Who’s paying who? The first visit is like an interview. Sometimes, it is good to present the visit in this way. Depends on you, the situation, etc. Do they listen? Do they answer questions understandable? Do they include your caregiver – in my case – do they include education and information to and from my spouse? Do they seem to genuinely feel they can help and are they eager to help? If at any time this changes, consider the worth of the relationship.

    Also be aware, you can be dismissed also. Some do not believe it is worthwhile treating patients who will not comply to any treatment or have a resolution to an issue they would like to try. Your attitude comes across also. This is a line between doing something you don't feel is best (that's not called non-compliance) and just not doing anything the professional is asking or suggesting. It's wasting time and money.

    If I gave my story this soon, everyone would run to the hills. One thing I can say, if there isn’t a good “vibe”, RUN. I don’t care if it is the President of the world, heavens etc…who says they are the best. RUN. If they EVER insinuate that a psych is needed – RUN. A psych test is different when assessing TBI, etc. Therefore, if your condition calls for a psychologist to be a part of the overall plan right away, then fine. But don’t allow this to keep you from getting the treatment you need. If they are not sure what to do, (I have nothing against Psychologists. But they can be used in the wrong way and it was almost to my detriment.) Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their recommendations. It could be very valid. If they do not believe in alternative medicine (massage, acupuncture, etc…) RUN. Every modality has its place and research is a great tool. (Understanding how to research is necessary) Massage is a good tool for relaxation, with acupuncture. I’ve noticed in our area, more surgeons are requesting these modalities before surgery. Many use them, also.

    These are subjects of discussion and please join if you want your visits be be profitable.#patients #Doctor visits #TBI #Dystonia #RSD #Relationships

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    What is familiar to you?

    The one who we see first causes more confidence. It also helps our appointment go much smoother and we leave feeling uplifted. Have a story that can help those putting their offices together appropriately?

    #patient #Doctor youtu.be/vPtPGmyX-NQ

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    Just tired of trying

    Apparently I don't have a doctor anymore - he moved to another city a couple weeks ago and no one told me. And I probably don't have a therapist anymore either after this morning (see previous post). That's too much for one day.

    I just looked through all these mental health resources that are allegedly available in my area, but I don't qualify for most of them and nothing I do qualify for provides anything more than "information sheets" or crisis services. What if you're in between those two extremes and just need help and support? What am I supposed to do?

    I'm just so tired.

    I moved back to my home country 2 years ago so that I could access mental health supports in my own language and that were accessible with my insurance. It turns out mental health services here aren't very well resourced (and therefore lacking) and Covid shut down so much that I just feel at a loss.

    How am I in basically the same place I was two years ago after trying so hard to access services and get the help I needed? Is this just what it's like? Should I just expect to never get the support I need and just muddle through for the rest of my life? That just makes me feel even worse.

    #MentalHealth #CheckInWithMe #Doctor #Therapist #Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #tired #ImSoTired #alone #Helpplease

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    A Couple of Questions About Doctors #Doctor

    I want to get a new doctor because my last one doesn't understand my sensitivities and psychological issues, especially in how they limit me and affect what I can do. He would also keep pushing me to go to his brother's clinic (or his brother works there, but it sounded like he had a high position) to get ketamine infusion treatments (I've researched it, and it isn't happening). He waved his hands around, almost yelling, "My brother's an OCD guru!" I also researched the facility, and saw some very scary reviews.

    I don't want my new doctor to be influenced by any notes or anything in my medical records, so I'd prefer not to allow her (I want to get a female doctor), even though I don't disagree with most of my diagnoses (if any). That said, I know my meds will tell her quite a bit. I need my acid reflux drug, so I hope to find a new doctor I can see soon. I'm having a lot of struggles because of it. Has anyone refused to sign for their new doctor to get their past medical records? Also, do they ever talk to your past doctors? Thanks.

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    Mood swings make me feel like a fake

    Last weekend, I was feeling so low. I had suicidal thoughts, trauma flashbacks, crying bouts, fatigue, inability to start or complete tasks, etc. Then on Tuesdayy night, I stayed up until 4am for no reason, but I didn't feel tired at all. It was like a switch flipped.

    All the things that had felt so impossible were suddenly great opportunities. I cleaned my house, went shopping, booked an appointment with a new service provider, and even gladly took on an extra shift at work to cover for a someone who was sick. I'm good with just 7-8 hours of sleep where I needed at least 12 hours of sleep a week ago.

    Now that I'm in the middle of this, it suddenly feels very familiar. And I suddenly realized that I haven't had an upswing since I started taking anti-depressant medication last February. Part of why I wanted to get back on meds was so that I could have a more consistent mood - I guess I got a consistent low with less anxiety?

    I don't even know what to think. Could I actually be bipolar? In order to talk to my doctor about it, I feel like I need to have absolutely 100% clear evidence and conclusions to present, because otherwise he'll just say, "Hmm. Ok." and then change the topic. Plus, my appointments are generally around only 5 minutes in length. Why do I have to be the doctor in this situation??

    #CheckInWithMe #Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #moodswing #Doctor

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    Looking for doctor

    Hello everyone
    I'm looking for a doctor in #German or #america or wherever...
    To send my medical files for, and figure out what is my disease...
    If you know them and have an email address, please leave a comment
    Or send me a message...
    It's an emergency, so please give me help:)))
    #Unknown disease #Doctor #ChronicIllness

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    Haha just nerding out #Doctor who
    Just laugh

    <p>Haha just nerding out <a class="tm-topic-link ugc-topic" title="doctor" href="/topic/doctor/" data-id="5b23ce7800553f33fe99162f" data-name="doctor" aria-label="hashtag doctor">#Doctor</a>  who<br>Just laugh</p>
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    New appointment with a gastrointestinal doctor that I haven’t seen yet. I’ve been Diagnosed with gastroparesis, but due to the coronavirus, I have not been able to see this doctor because of the fact that he is four hours away, nervous to go see this new doctor especially because the plan with my doctor last time was to get G/J tube placed, any tips for moving forward with this or just talking to a new Gastro doctor would be greatly appreciated

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    Medication Monday

    <p>Medication Monday</p>
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