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??
The sad part in all this is that he says he has dealt with diabetics for 31 yrs and knows what he is talking about.He called me a PIB (pain in butt)for wanting better numbers,lower A1c and not being happy with how things are going so slow in my care. 3 months with him and I am not getting anywhere.My dad believes him and says I should look into seeing a psychologist because the Dr thinks so. We saw the diabetes nurse and dietitian the same day and when he told them that, they both thought about it for awhile and said if I want to they could get referral to one for me. So just because they are happy with how things are going, my dad says it is all fine and now he is worried...?
I have 3 other choices in the clinic and will try them...
I am needing a GP because my endo is so far away and I can only see her 1 trip a year. So she wants someone who can keep an eye on me for her, other wise I see her 4x a year and that is expensive to pay for the day trip.
so 2 Dr.'s gone in 4 months....yikes! :(
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.
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 have switched doctors several times in my life. There have been times that I wondered if it was me that was the problem (I also knew others that really liked these doctors). But once I found a doctor that worked out, I knew it was worth the hassle of switching. The right doctor will take the time to listen to your concerns and address them. It sounds like you really need a new doctor. I hate to say it, but I have had more bad doctors than good. It may take swtiching a couple more times before you find someone that takes you and your diabetes seriously. Do not settle; you are worth it!
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??