Does your doc do it for you?

I want to know: how many of you actually like and respect your doc? I'm now on my second doc who I haven't exactly loved, but have dealt with because it's just a hassle to try and find a new one and get an appointment scheduled.

When I first needed a doc for something more than a "can you see if this is a sinus infection?" type appointment, my coworkers and friends recommended a few people. So I called and all were booked and not taking new patients. So I resorted to calling my insurance company and getting the name of a new doc who could take someone the next day. While it seemed convenient, the woman doesn't seem to remember anything about me (i.e. the whole marathoner/athlete piece), even when i come in for a hurt foot or lack of Aunt Flo coming to town.

Last year, after missing Aunt Flo for about seven months, she had me go through a series of hormone tests, an MRI, the whole bit to see if anything was out of whack. Everything came out normal so her response was "well, you have three options. 1) Take BC to regulate your period (Aunt Flo) 2) Significantly reduce your exercise intensity and duration (ha!) 3) Gain weight and increase fat (double ha!). Naturally, #1 was the only real choice.

The tough part about seeing a doc who isn't an athlete herself or doesn't understand the mentality is that we just don't see eye to eye. When I said "Yeah, I think my body might not have been built to put up with the kind of mileage I put on it," she said "I don't understand what you mean by that." Seriously?! And when I answered the number of hours I workout daily question she looked at me like I was delusional. Come on lady, I'm not a waif and I train for have to put in the hours to run a 26.2 mile race without killing yourself.

Point is, I don't settle for less than I deserve in the relationship department so why am I doing it with my health? I think it's time for a second opinion. As for this morning's xray, I hope it comes back showing no breakage.


A said…
Maybe you need to get a special sports med doc...or a general practitioner whose "interests" are in sports medicine.

I see a sports med doc for my back and my shoulder and my ankle and whatever else hurts. ...and I see someone else (within the same health system, who she recommended) for my sniffles and headaches and whatnot. Seems to work out fairly well.

Also - know anyone in healthcare? They're a great way to find doctors who aren't arrogant asses. :)
Amber said…
I've avoided going to the doctor before because I find them difficult to deal with. Also, the last time I went for pain in my foot I was there for almost 6 hours waiting to be x-rayed. It can be so frustrating.

I agree that maybe you should try to see a special sports med doctor if you can find one!
A said…
So....I looked up my doc's credentials. She's board certified in sports medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Link to their physician finder:
Sassy Molassy said…
Thanks for the link A! I just looked them up and there are just three local sports medicine certified docs in my town of 150,000 but next time I need one, I'm going to give one of them a call. Gracias!

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