When Dennis Capolongo wrote a story on “bored pain physicians” which we published on the National Pain Report last week, it started a conversation among our readers about how they are “treated” by their physicians.
Before we share some of the reader reactions, a word about Dennis. He has been fighting using compounded formulations of steroidal injections of epidural steroid injections (ESIs). He was compromised himself by an injection or injections.
He has been fighting for his own treatment and that of many others. He is a true pain warrior.
His story—which really spoke to one of the major issues that our readers talk about—centered on whether doctors are “bored” with chronic pain patients. Some of the responses are worth sharing.
Jeanette French said, “There are bored doctors for any chronic condition, especially un-diagnosed ones. I’ve been sick for over 3 years, no one knows what it is, and no one orders tests, I must ask for every test or scan. I am left to self-diagnose.
Cindy (no last name) wrote, “I haven’t had that problem, but what I have had is that my doctor’s nurse practitioner, on my monthly visits, has one foot out the door the second she hands me my prescriptions, and if I want to ask a few questions, she indicates that she’s out of time.
Sandy Miller said, “I can relate to this. My doctor doesn’t take the time to listen to me. I’ve been to so many pain management Dr’s that it’s to the point of them thinking I’m drug seeking instead of seeking better treatment and trust. I’m to the point of not knowing where to turn for help with my CRPS.
She signed it, Frustrated.
Kathleen Kaiser indicated she has a long experience with “bored” physicians. “I’ve experienced this enough now that I can spot it with my hands tied behind my back. Doctors hate us patients using Dr. Google, but I’ve had no less than 3 times when I found my diagnosis when my doctors didn’t.”
How about you?
What are your feelings about your physician or nurse practitioner?
Do they pay attention to you? Do you like them?
If so, leave us a comment!
If you agree with our readers who indicated they are rather frustrated with how they (or you) are treated, let us know.
If we get the right kind of responses that can “model” what a positive patient-physician relationship should look like, we’d love to do a story that speaks directly to providers.
Hope you share your thoughts.