When you see your local doctor or your referred specialist MD, what is it – exactly – that you expect? What treatment or remedy are you hoping for? Loaded questions! Many doctors have publicly expressed their frustrations with fibromyalgia and chronic pain patients. You have to admit — their circumstances give them cause to be frustrated.
Consider an MD’s training. They are mainly taught to diagnose critical and treatable diseases. After that, they’re taught to “practice medicine” for those diseases.
What does this mean? Using the traditional medical model of healthcare and insurance practices, here’s the arsenal of “tools” available to a busy MD:
- Referrals to complementary services such as physical therapy (and sometimes acupuncture or massage), etc.
And, what are they to do with conditions that are chronic rather than immediate or critical?
Here’s a stunning fact provided to me from RecallCenter.com for #DrugFactsWeek, Jan 26 – Feb 1.
“2/3 of all doctors’ visits end with a prescription being written.”
Does that surprise you?
Perhaps not, but then, maybe you haven’t thought about it all that much. Unfortunately, I’m sure that stat is actually much higher for those who deal with chronic health challenges related to pain.
If an MD can’t prescribe a “fix” for chronic pain or cut it out with surgery, what’s left? Treatments for chronic illness sure don’t fit into a neat little box (or a bottle).
My point here isn’t to look at what doctors think of us – or even to look at what we think of them.
It’s to explore ideas regarding
what we EXPECT from our doctor.
Think about it … are you disappointed if you leave your doctor’s office empty-handed?
What do you really expect?
I can’t wait to see the comments you add to this conversation below!