When I was first diagnosed in 1989, I had an endocrinologist who was also very authoritarian. It was HIS RULES, or ELSE.
Needless to say, I was only able to put up with that for so long. When I turned 19 and started going to school, I told him to stick it where the sun didn't shine.
I hated having to do that, but he left me no choice. He didn't allow me to contribute in ANY way to my handling of my condition and came off to me as EXTREMELY arrogant and self-serving.
I have had on and off endo's since leaving my first.
My current endo is a medical school classmate of my most AMAZING endo EVER, Jan Braaten (Civic Hospital, now retired, alas, :( ), and while he isn't as outstanding as Jan was, he is thorough and agreeable.
He at least listens to me, and for that I am extremely thankful.
Regarding conflicts of doctors, I am guessing this is very much a thing that happens everywhere.
It's pretty much the luck of the draw, I suppose, but if you live in a big enough city or state (or province, LOL), there are almost always alternatives if you are able to take advantage of them.
I agree it's crazy that you don't have one given that you already have a decent GP and kidney specialist.
I wish you luck in finding a better diabetes specialist soon.
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