The doctor and tests go-around
Posted 13 April 2008 - 03:47 AM
This has been going on since Feb. and I feel like I've been pieced out to different doctors. I have been in the nursing field for 32 years and I believe in nurses and doctors and the entire medical field but this experience has shook some of my beliefs. I know that I'm not making this up regardless of what the test result show.
So I have seen in the past months My regular doctor, cardiologist, rheumatologist, regular doctor, hematologist, regular doctor and then now a pulmonologist. I have had blood tests, cardiac echo, pulmonary function, more blood tests & urine test. This week I am going to have a 6 minute walk test, cardio-pulmonary stress test and spiral CT done.
I did feel that my visit with the pulmonologist went well. He didn't treat me like I was psychosomatic.
I'm still working (somewhat) and going to school one night a week. Deep in my mind I hope that it's not anything that can't be treated. I trust that I can continue working. The one thing that I'm trying to do is take it one day at a time, one doctor at a time and one test at a time.
Posted 13 April 2008 - 08:19 AM
I'm so sorry to read about the problems you're having with doctors, tests and everything else that seems to go with a chronic illness. It infuriates me when a doctor suggests that a symptom is psychosomatic or due to anxiety. Three years ago my rheumatologist said my most recent symptoms were due to anxiety. I looked him right in the eye and said "it's my heart - not anxiety!" He listened to my heart and sent me downstairs to a cardiologist. The next day I was getting a pacemaker for complete heart block! My rheumatologist takes me very seriously now!
Good luck on your tests next week. Please let us know how they go.
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 08:29 AM
Good luck to you and I hope everything works out. Let us know how it all shakes out'
Posted 13 April 2008 - 09:06 AM
Unfortunately, it's all too often easy for the doctors to say what was said to you... when an answer isn't readily available. Sad, but true.
I've been told... You should be depressed, with all of your diagnoses....
Hmmmmmm..... How 'bout frustrated because of feeling like a pinata, when the testss are being done... but all for naught?
I understand...as I'm sure most here do... what you are feeling. What is going on with you is real... not psychosomatic.
They'll get it figured out!
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Posted 16 April 2008 - 02:37 AM
Good luck with your tests today. You will be in my thoughts. I know it is frustrating having t deal with medical professionals who don't believe us. I blame it all on all of the junkies who go from doctor to doctor looking to get drugs to feed their habits. Doctors have gotten skeptical and now it is us, the real patients, who suffer. Hang in there, we're all right here with you.
Be yourself...everyone else is taken.