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Re: My doctor is weird. Sad Panda

Posted by River1924 on April 23, 2004, at 23:57:03

In reply to Re: My doctor is weird. utopizen, posted by Sad Panda on April 23, 2004, at 14:11:59

> Hi utopizen,
> I don't know how to say this without insulting you, but you may be being overassertive with your docs. :) I try my hardest not to sound like an expert patient when I see my docs, but it is hard sometimes. You have to try & organise him into making him think that the drug you want to trial is his idea. In a way, methamphetamines & benzos are conservative because they have a long record of use, OTOH, SSRI's & SNRI's are fairly new drugs & so far have not proven to be any better than the older AD's & may have unforseen long term side effects that haven't emerged yet such as all of the Atypical AP's causing an increased risk of hyperglycmia & Diabetes. Atleast he hasn't been brainwashed by a team of Eli Lily salesmen into believing that Straterra is a miracle drug. Remember their last blockbuster Prozac isn't really any better than the TCA's that preceeded it.
> Cheers,
> Panda.
I agree with Panda about using a certain amount of diplomacy with docs. It doesn't have to be total manipulation or acting or buttkissing...just respect, thoughtful questions...ask out of curiousity why he prefers this to that. I send my doc emails (short and sweet) with info I read and ask if "this sounds like me" or "sounds like it would help me." It helps if you can prime the doc with ideas prior to meeting or plant seeds for future appointments. It sounds ridiculous, I guess, but doctors are human. But if the vibe just feels wrong or you just don't know how to talk to a doc, get another. For myself, I've learned that some "arrogant" docs who gave me meds (that I did not want and therefore did not work) or a diagnosis (that I thought wrong)...ended up being correct. Sometimes, years later, I realized I got in my own way. I don't know if that applies to you. Good luck and Good health.




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