Any suggestions on questions to ask my new doctor
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Posted 23 August 2007 - 07:15 PM
Posted 24 August 2007 - 05:06 AM
Doctors are very difficult when it comes to taking IBS seriously, especially those whom aren't gasterocologists. (Forgive me for butchering that.) If you're going to see your regular doctor, I'd first start off by telling him all your symptoms down to how often you experience pain, some things that cause it, etc. Second, if he isn't taking you serious already, I would just flat out tell him "I don't think you're taking me seriously, this is effecting my day-to-day life and I need help for it. If you can't help me, I'll go to someone who can." or something similar. I know that may seem a little rude, but that's just how I would handle it. Just look at it this way. He's your doctor and is obligated to help you as best as he can, and if he isn't capable of doing it, his responsibility is to help you find someone who can help you. If he can't do any of those things, he doesn't deserve your money.
Posted 25 August 2007 - 12:55 PM
I think the problem with doctors is that they have spent so much time training and learning what is that they are unable to comprehend what might be. In other words, they see everything in terms of what science already knows and not in terms of what science hasn't found out yet.I found the book "The Divided Mind" by John Sarno to be very helpful, because it validated what I was experiencing rather than trying to pretend the symptoms don't exist (I've had IBS/GERD/chronic hunger pangs for over four years). Unllike most doctors, Sarno is not afraid to admit he doesn't know the exact physical mechanism that causes certain symptoms, but he does hypothesize psychological reasons for why these symptoms occur. By hypothesizing psychological reasons for the symptoms he does not, however, say they have no physical cause. Instead, he argues that psychological pain triggers some as-yet undiscovered physical mechanism that causes the pain.I found this book to be more helpful than any doctor I have seen.