I had a doctors appointment yesterday with the doctor who missed my UTI right before Thanksgiving. I took a copy of the post I wrote, Open Letter to General Practitioners. I asked him to please read the letter all the way through before commenting. I was hoping that he would understand my concerns and agree with them. However, I wasn’t so lucky.
He immediately became a little bit defensive. He swore that he sees UTIs all the time and that the lab report, which was positive for both bacteria and leukocytes (white blood cells) was not indicative of a UTI. He said that he was not implying that I didn’t have one a week later when I saw my specialist, or that the antibiotic I was given didn’t help my symptoms. Simply that I did not have one when I saw him. I asked if it was possible that I did have an infection, but that it wasn’t bad enough to register (haha) on the lab report. He held his ground that no, I did not have an infection when I was in his office.
As far as the specialists are concerned, he said that I have to remember that I am a very special case with extreme intestinal issues and that I will always need to consult with my specialists. He referenced my pain and anxiety medications as examples of why he couldn’t be responsible for refilling my medication. I told him that I wasn’t referring to those medications and that I was aware that I would have to continue seeing both my pain specialist and my psychiatrist for those particular medications, but that I was talking about the rest of my medications. Again, he said that I am a very special case and that I will always have to check in with my specialists. He was missing the whole point. I never said that I was going to quit seeing my specialists, simply that he be the one I see first. Oh, and remember that this is the same doctor who refused to refer me to a rheumatologist…a specialist.
My current concerns were that I am having joint issues, mainly my knees and my hips. Also, I am having a hard time sleeping. I only sleep for two hours at a time before waking up and having to try to fall back asleep again. He said that he believed that my hip discomfort is a result of bursitis and that my knee discomfort a result of my tendons, not my joints. He said that the only treatment for those conditions are NSAIDs but that since I am sensitive to NSAIDs, he really couldn’t do anything about either one of those issues. He said he believed that once I start sleeping better with the medicine he was going to prescribe for my sleep issues, that he thought that the pain/discomfort I feel won’t be so pronounced. The medication he wants to give me for sleep is a Serotonin re-uptake inhibitor that was originally marketed for depression, but is really not effective for depression. I reminded him that I have an extreme sensitivity to depression medication (for more info, check out my About Me page) He said that since it was never really effective for depression, that he didn’t believe I will have a problem with it. By this point however, I don’t know whether to trust him or not. I think I will call and consult with my psychiatrist about whether I should take the medication or not. I will feel safer that way and besides, if I react badly to the medicine, she will be the one who will have to clean up the mess.
So, all in all, the visit was a FAIL. Since he still feels the need to be untruthful, I will begin researching the other GPs in my area. I will stay with him until I mail in the disability paperwork he signed for me that will help me with my school loans and wait for it to be processed before switching doctors. In the meantime, unless I have the flu or a cold, I will continue to consult with my specialists for all my other medical needs. When I do switch doctors, I will proudly carry a copy of my open letter to general practitioners with me so that we begin our relationship on the right foot. I know that good, honest, transparent GPs are out there because I had one at one point. Because of insurance reasons I am no longer able to see her, but I will continue the search for one like her. I will not give up until I find one.