Sunday, August 12, 2012
Searching for Medical Care
It shouldn't be this way but it is. Why? Because the first question the office tends to ask is "why do you need to see the doctor" and when you say pain or fibromyalgia or lupus or CFS, the next words are often "we don't do pain meds here" or some variation thereof. Often doctors will refuse to take on chronic pain patients at all.
I have moved many times. I have traveled a good deal. Often I've had to seek out medical assistance because of my conditions, which all seem to cause me pain in one form or another. I find that about 1 in 25 doctors actually wants to help. That means that only about 4% of the doctors I've met, dealt with, or somehow had contact with are actually interested in easing pain, making life livable, and discovering core issues behind new problems as they arise. The rest are generally unhelpful, rude, and often extremely dismissive. This is a sad statement on our medical health care providers and possibly on the institutions which educate them.
It's sad that people with chronic health problems are looked at differently, treated differently, and are more or less outcasts when it comes to medical care. We have to search for the one doctor who will help us. We have to make dozens of calls and sometimes even go to several appointments before the right doctor appears. During the search we get subjected to accusations, dirty looks, name calling, or just being treated like a lower lifeform.
Doctors, if you are reading this maybe you are one of those 4% and you are willing to try. Stand up for the chronically ill. Be a voice for positive change. We deserve care and respect just as any other.
Posted by Tracy Seekins at 6:25 AM