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I�m am so frustrated. The doctor I was originally scheduled to see called this morning he is going out of town for a month. He said that I need more immediate attention and a doctor that I can form a good relationship with. I�ve called everyone in my HMO no one can see me for two months. I can�t wait that long, especially if the first doctor says �immediate attention�. So I started calling people in my PPO. I posted yesterday that I had written a note with certain things about me. Symptoms, needs, wants, fears, etc., now I know that not all of these things can always be met but they can be discussed and worked out. Well I called some doctors and faxed them this sheet, no one wants to deal with me. I can not help that I am bipolar and scared out of my mind. I can�t help that I have fears and have had bad experiences with doctors in the past. I can�t help that one of my main concerns and wants is to go to the end of the line and work backwards instead of spending a lot of time starting from the beginning and it taking months to find out what is wrong with me. I went to a GI doctor when I was 21 he wanted to do a colonoscopy I got scared and walked out. I�m not going to do this, this time but that doesn�t mean I�m not scared. My mom has acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome. Now that should tell the doctor something, my mother says I have the symptoms of both. I finally called this one doctor and her nurse said that she was the right doctor to see that her consultations usually take an hour and a half that she will sit down and listen to me. I�m just waiting for a call back to see how soon she can fit me in. I was crying when I called, I�m very upset. I need to see someone and waiting is only making me sicker. I am so frustrated.willow
 
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Hang in there Willow ... I'm rooting for you. You must be feeling really frustrated, frightened and defeated. Just want to say I'm thinking of you and hope that you manage to get to see a 'listening' Dr. asap. If you can't get an appointment with someone soon could you go to an outpatients facility or emergency room? Would that get you into see someone quicker?Big hugs Roz
 

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I don't really know how the medical system in the US works Willow, but I do know that in most countries it often takes a lot of effort on the patient's behalf to get things sorted. I think it's great that you know what you want and what you need. DOn't be afraid of making this clear, and keep going until you find a suitable doctor. It will happen. Try not to let this completely overwhelm you if you can. Try and think of something else for a while, or concentrate on doing something else til you get that call back. Easier said than done, I know! Thinking of you...Take care,wanderingstar
 
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