he have more time to spend with me to thoroughly answer my questions.
When he's rushed I feel pressured and afraid to ask questions
or I forget. -Name withheld
to listen to me, not just hear me. I've recently had to be
hospitalized, because he wasn't listening to what I was telling
him. I guess he thought I was just an old man with chronic
aches and pains, but I nearly died. -Na'Ho'Ka, NM
send him back to medical school to learn more about chronic
pain and how to treat it. There are a lot of doctors out there
that are not getting adequate training in pain-management.
to desire to learn about what I have and treat it as a whole,
not individual symptoms.
would understand that for me, doing procedures just to be
doing something, is not management of pain. -Name withheld
like one of a herd and he is just trying to get us all through
the line. He overbooks and is too busy to spend time explaining
what is causing my chronic back pain. -Shirley, AK
believe chemical sensitivities exist, and that's it not all
in my head. I have a somewhat unique perspective as I am in
med school myself to become a doctor.
to write down things as I say them. Some times he doesn't
write anything down and it's frustrating. -Joni, CA
First I have to talk to a receptionist who decides if I can
talk to a nurse; then the nurse asks various questions to
decide if the doctor should be notified. She promises to "leave
the doctor a note and ask for answers." Nine times out
ten I do not actually hear from the doctor. -Christal, MI
schedule. He works too hard and long and then when he takes
a vacation it is not long enough for him to revive himself.
to be more willing to try treatments that I want to try rather
than just what is tried and true.
of time he has with patients. Many doctors schedule patients
every fifteen minutes and that is rarely enough time, especially
for those with chronic illnesses. -Nici, TX
I would change him into a man who listens most willingly with
his ears, his mind, his heart, his understanding. Most importantly,
he would listen to the Creator of us all who has all the answers.
to trade places with me for one week. Then I believe I would
see a difference in his compassion and understanding of someone
who lives with constant pain. The off-handed remarks about
"now, now, it can't be all that bad" or "there
are others worse off than you" may just have a second
thought. His compassion may be more sincere and his willingness
to try another approach may be more open. -Karen, Ontario,
would see her patients on time and not make them wait anywhere
from two to four hours.-Sheila, AR
rude, non-empathetic staff. He's been my surgeon for seven
years and I have heard all the other "horror" stories
from patients sitting in the waiting room too. -Patty,
understand I am losing weight as quickly as I can. After losing
100 pounds he is still at me to lose more. -Joann, MA