Living with many Chronic Illnesses can be so frustrating! When you’ve put yourself through numerous tests and the inconvenience, cost, and pain that goes with testing, you expect that things will now improve. But, when some people in the medical field are worthless, your life becomes a nightmare.
After receiving my definitive diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome, my worst nightmare began. The diagnosis, with proper tests to back it up, was sent to my “rheumatologist”. This person then spent twenty minutes on the phone telling me why they could not accept my diagnosis.
It all came down to: the “rheumatologist” didn’t send me for the tests and they weren’t done at John Hopkins. I was told I would have to do it “their” way in order for them to accept the results. After listening to the argument against my diagnosis, I soon realized that this person had another problem: they didn’t want to deal with my complicated case. So, I was dumped off of their practice.
Unbelievable! With my insurance changing on January 1st, I was left with one rheumatologist choice (driving 2 hours from home). After my arguing with this “doctor”, I was referred to the insurance specialist. They finally talked my insurance company into accepting a different doctor 100 miles from my home. They will send all my records to this office and I’ll have to wait for an appointment, someday!
So, this “rheumatologist” I’ve been going to for 5 years, dumps me. I’m still in shock! With a life-long condition, I’ll be driving far from home, just because! Doctors! I have no idea what the new rheumatologist will be like, or whether they will work with me.
“First Do No Harm” should be the attitude of doctors. But, instead, many of them are hindered by their: lack of knowledge, god-complexes, insurance limitations, and much more. I feel abandoned and abused by these people, who should be there to provide help. I just want to get better.
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert and don’t offer medical advice. If you have medical needs consult your personal physician.
@2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman