Does The Doctor Apply the Same Formula to You As to Everyone Else?
All doctors are not the same; their knowledge and skills vary. It took me years to find a competent ENT specialist who would diagnose and cure my problem.
I saw a local ear, nose and throat specialist, who said he did not detect anything wrong and prescribed a nose spray. It didn’t help. Since then, I’ve been to at least a half dozen ENT specialists, none of whom saw anything wrong; even the doctors at the famed Cleveland Clinic did not make a correct diagnosis. So, I continued to suffer through until our family doctor suggested I get an appointment with Dr. Nathan Nachlas of Boca Raton, Florida.
What a difference. Dr. Nachlas examined my nose – sent me right down the hall for an X-ray and a short time later made the diagnosis. He looked at five areas and said I had a problem with all five. He suggested balloon sinuplasty, an outpatient procedure that opens up passages, relieves pressure and improves breathing. All this was done in about an hour, after seeing many sinus doctors over the years.
Dr. Nachlas performed the procedure last month and within days, I felt relief. Today, my breathing is freer and, lo and behold, the pressure and discomfort in my sinuses are gone.
Now, here’s the point of my telling you this story
Why did all the other ENT specialists I had seen over the last five years miss a correct diagnosis. I was even examined by one who advertises balloon sinuplasty on TV. He seemed “caring” in the TV commercial but found him to be anything but caring in person. Three times he actually had the nerve to say “you’re not being truthful with me” when he even accused me of “cheek implants” and indicated that’s what was causing my problem (what a rude quack!). That’s when I walked out.
So, my friends, all doctors are not the same; their knowledge, their interest and skill levels vary widely. Some develop a cookie cutter approach to squeeze more patients in and mostly treat them the same way. If your doctor is not helping you, leave, shop around until you find one who is. Sometimes it takes a while and it’s awkward to do but it’s YOUR life.
Here are some tips:
Problems you might experience with your doctor:
*Lack of Communication
*Doesn’t ask enough questions
*Has his back to you at the computer when asking you questions.
*Seems in a hurry – especially when you talk
*Doesn’t treat you with respect
*Doesn’t consider your input concerning treatment
*Discourages a second opinion
*Disorganized or unfriendly office
*Is not forthcoming with information
*Worse: Doesn’t cure the problem
If any of these concerns cannot be resolved, it might be time to leave…and if you do:
You don’t have to explain why. It’s OK not to, and could save you some stress.
Ask for all your medical records. Ask the staff for a printout of all your records. You have a legal right to your records and doctors are required to give them to you so you can give them to another doctor.
Research new doctors. Make sure the hospital any new doctor is affiliated with is one you trust and that he/she is board certified. Ask about office policies, such as availability of same-day appointments if necessary, how after-hours problems are handled, and how quickly you can expect the doctor to get back to you.
Make sure of acceptance. Before leaving your current doctor it’s best to established that a new doctor is accepting new patients and that your insurance plan is accepted.
If you’re experiencing difficulties with lack of results (as I did with my sinuses), I hope you find the care you deserve. You can only get it by being proactive. It is your health; no one can take care of it better than you.