I don't know what I need right now... Psychologist or new Dr.?? My appt went something like this. This is my annual check in for my diabetes. He did not check any of my BG numbers or ask how they were, no blood pressure or anything checked. Just asked if I was happy with how things were going,When I say no, he says I am fine...He tells me my A1c is perfect 8.8 (was 7.8 last December and I have had 3 more since and it is slowly going up) I was on trial run of a pill (trajenta) and had some unlivable side effects and tried to tell him, he just brushed me off and said to wait another month and see him. He didn't even let my dad finish telling him his concerns of me on it. Because I am not happy with how things are being done and I can't handle feeling like I have a flu from the time I took the pill and swelling in the neck and face, he says he has no time to do psychotherapy on me and suggests a psychologist to talk to.I talked to the endo who started me on this pill and she said I had a fair trial with it.(10 days) Said she would never let anyone stay on it with those side effects any longer If I couldn't handle it.
I quite it and start another next week. So what would you do??

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Sorry you're having to switch doctors again, hb, but you deserve good care. What bothers me the most about this doctor is not his lack of knowledge about Diabetes (and thinking he knows it all), but the way he disrespects you as a person. No doctor should call their patient a pain in the butt..ever. And no doctor should refer someone to a psychologist because they want better goals (than a "perfect" 8.8!!). That is implying that you are mentally unstable because you want better treatment! He is hiding his own inadequacies and lack of knowledge behind his scorn for you, imho and that is, clear and simple, abuse of power.

Nicely put.


You need a new doctor.

I know we all hate to go doctor hunting, but I would definitely start looking right now. It appears this person has no tine for you, and really isn't invested as part of your care team, RUN while you can for a new doc

I agree with all the other responses, definately think a different doctor is in order here if for no other reason than just the lack of respect and blowing off your concerns.

Ditto, what everyone else is saying....

remember, these doctors work for YOU! not the other way around. if they're not meeting your expectations, find someone else.

Thank You all for helping me see I am not as CRAZY as I was led to believe...he started to make me think maybe he was right. It doesn't help when 1 Dr. tells you one thing and the other says something totally different. I trust my endo very much.So now I have to find a Dr. I can trust just as much. I had an awesome Dr. for 4yrs!! I am sad he left. Hoping I can find the next best soon.

They had a "flow chart" thingy in Time magazine about how doctors dx people with mental illnesses and the first "choice" was "are the feelings related to a disease?" and then it just lumped people off into "feelings with a disease", even before getting to the "drugs/ alcohol" category?

Hi hb, I did not get from what you described , that your GP is/was saying or make you believe ,that you are CRAZY ...he knows , does he not, as bsc reminded me, that you have fears about low blood sugars ?? ..could that be part of the topic ,he was addressing ?? I think , that part should be addressed in which ever way , otherwise your A1C's may never be on target . ...my humble opinion . And remember, if you have a taxable income , as a Canadian , any trip for medical purposes over 45 km one way you can apply this to your taxable income and receive a reduction at 52 cents per kilometer .And have you checked up on qualifying for Disability Tax Credit??

No, he wasn't referring to my being low. in fact he doesn't even know that. We never got to that discussion yet in any visits. His time is very limited and not much could be said or read when letters were written by me. He just let me have it when I told him I wasn't happy with how slow it was all going to get me back to feeling good again. Is 3 months to much to ask for?? Is an A1c lower then 8.0 to much to get? I have achieved it before...infact I did for 5yrs out of 6yrs so far. I would do anything for a low these past few months, but even trying walks and cutting back on food doesn't help.I have TRIED!! My lowest is in the 6.0's and my AM fastings are anywhere from 7-10, my before and after meals are above 10 and vary to 17. It is to much and he says it is all fine.In my opinion...it is not. He says I am young,I can handle being high for alot longer then I have with no damage in the future.Well I sure as hope he is right!!
He is a blunt and very much a opinionated Dr. I was warned by numerous people but also told he was good,even the best in the town.
I did look into the taxable income stuff regarding medical purposes,with a insurance place, tax place, and hospital where I went for diabetes care last spring and even the Dr. I had last spring. No one could help me and said I must not be covered here. So yeah that sucks. :(

My doctor never asks to see my bg logs either. But he does want my HbA1c under 6 for the best control. I think you need to find another doctor and don't look back. It is your health and it will be your body that suffers from complications not this ignorant doctor. The mere idea that he suggests you need counseling because you are not happy with your bg control makes me angry. I would report him to your insurance company and medical boards. Even the ADA suggests HbA1c goals of 7 and I think the American College of Endocrinologists say 6.5. I wonder how much he is being paid by the drug companies to prescribe drugs that don't work.




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