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Speak Up: Did Your Doctor Really Say That?

Years ago, I was having tummy problems, so I decided to visit a naturopath. I was curious to see if there was a natural way to cure my upset stomach. This naturopath paid no attention to the reasons I came to see her and focused instead on the fact that I was using birth control pills.

This "healer" was really against "putting chemicals into your body," as she put it, and she gave the most outlandish medical advice I have ever received. She strongly suggested that I stop taking the pill, get pregnant, and then get an abortion just to make sure I was still fertile. Can you believe that?!

I get shivers every time I think about it. I mean, what kind of horrendous advice was that? Way to push your views on someone else. I stormed out of there immediately (after giving her my two cents) and made an appointment with a gastroenterologist.

So tell me, has someone in the medical field ever said something that surprised or appalled you? Or have you ever received horrible medical advice?

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ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
OMG crazy ass..... I would have slapped her
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
Oh my gosh, that's insane. I can't believe a doctor said that.
hexentanz hexentanz 9 years
I once had a doctor look at my piercings and shout that i had ruined gods beautiful canvas and that I would burn in hell for it. After a surgery in 2004 to remove my appendix i spent a year and a half in pain all the while trying to convince doctors i had scar tissue, they all insisted i was crazy and the pain was all in my head until they removed several kilos of scar tissue from my stomach!
brown_eyed_grrl brown_eyed_grrl 9 years
Makes me want to make an appointment with my ob/gyn just to give him a hug for not being a psycho. I only see two doctors, and I'm pretty clingy about only seeing them (no NPs or referrals if they're out unless it's an emergency). I'm a big baby and they make me as relaxed as possible.
laluna27 laluna27 9 years
These are crazy stories!
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
Wow, some of these stories are insane! Mine's not terrible, but it was really irritating. I do not have any children and had my tubes tied at 28. I'm now 30. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. My GP and OB-GYN are wonderful men who were both fully supportive of my decision. A little while after that my GP referred me to a rheumatologist because I was having joint pain. While taking my medical history, the rheumatologist asked if I'd ever had surgery. "Yes," I replied. "I had a tubal ligation." She looked at me like I'd just told her I kick puppies for fun and said, "But you're so young! Why would you want to do that? You know it's permanent, right?" Oh no, crazy doctor lady, I didn't know it was permanent! I hadn't done any research on the procedure before having it done and my OB-GYN never discussed it with me! Yes, I know it's permanent, you bint, that's why I HAD it! I told this story to my GP the next time I saw him and he referred me to another doctor. There is hope in the world.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 9 years
A few years ago, I was diagnosed bipolar, and put on medication. When I was talking about the side effects of the various medications I was put on, the doctor suggested I double the dose at nighttime and not take any in the morning. Well, I did that...and ended up in the ER. Had a bad reaction to a sudden increase. Bleh. My boyfriend was on medication and whatnot, and he went in for bloodwork. His bloodwork was all messed up, like his coholstreal levels were high and whatnots, a major contrast from a few weeks before. The doctor just ignored the tests and told him to double the dose, and gave him the WRONG prescription! Needless to say, he's going to a diff doctor now and redoing all the bloodwork and whatnots.
geekygirl geekygirl 9 years
your naturopath sounds loopy!!! imagine if someone did take the advice! the main 'bad experience' i've had at the doctors was with a locum who i saw for a renewal of my pill. he asked me if i was married (no) and then started telling me all about the awful side effects of the pill and how it should only be taken when married to reduce the amount of time one is on it before having kids. i was soooo mad because he told me he wasn't pepared to write the 'script because i was not in a relationship and didn't seem to appreciate the side effects of it. i told him that the main side effect i liked was the prevention of pregnancy if a condom broke and to kindly write the 'script or i would have to complain to the medical practitioners association about his personal values and beliefs overshadowing his treatment of his patients. He wrote the 'script and i made sure i only went to the surgery when my usual doctor was there from then on.
yaelatner yaelatner 9 years
That naturopath sounds insane. I am pro choice but I am TOTALLY against getting pregnant and having an abortion just to see if you were fertile. That is crazy! Someone mentioned that Birth Control was bad. I totally disagree. I have been on the pill off and on for many years and I have tried different brands. Yes, Tricyclin sucks and made me crazy and depressed but I am on Yasmin now and that works great. As for weird doctor experiences, I went to my pediatrician a little to long because the last time I went to see him I was about 14 and HE told ME that I hadnt gotten my period yet. When I corrected him, he asked me if I knew what I was talking about and then remarked "we werent planning on that happening yet". What? How does he plan when I start getting my period. That day my mother made me switch to a female GP. Also, everytime I walked in the office my old doctor would point out the baby scale I was weighed on when I was just born. A little creepy.
apinkpony apinkpony 9 years
... when I was 17 I had a bad yeast infection. So I went to my doctors office, but my regular doctor wasn't available. So I saw one of her associates. This lady asked me the normal question "have you had sex?" well, yes i had but only with one boy (and still only with one boy). Well after I told her that she refused to believe it was a simple yeast infection, and instead tested me for all of the STDs and pregnancy. I was pretty convinced it was a yeast infection since I had had one before and just had gotten the package for it rather than going to a doctor. So I left and got the drug store stuff, and guess what? It was a yeast infection... nothing else. Also I am generally fed-up with doctors. My knee got 3 rocks (not peebles, rocks) in it when i was in the 4th grade, and ever since it has been in a lot of pain. Comes and goes but it can be horribly painful, sometimes I will just limp around looking like an old lady. They think it is nothing, blah blah, basically ignore me. Same with my back problems from riding horses, which cause all sorts of headache and face pain. But my good old chiropractor can always fix it... no problem. At least she listens to me and actually spends a minute to figure out what is happening.
caryatid caryatid 9 years
i got a referral from the student care center at my university to see a dermatologist for a suspicious mole on my back. i went to the dermatologist who was an older man and was told that not only should the mole on my back be removed but four other moles that 'weren't highly irregular but we might as well while we're doing one' and my BIRTH MARK on my leg, which, being a birth mark, hadn't changed since... birth. the mark is probably an inch long and wide and in the middle of my shin, but the doctor insisted that it was no big deal and would hardly leave a scar. he examined me and then his student proceeded to grill me with questions about sun screen (which i am a huge stickler for, being so far and prone to freckles/moles) and tanning booths (which i have never done). the entire visit took maybe 50 minutes... five of which were spent with the doctor and his assistant. after the appointment, i was really upset at the prospect of surgery on multiple parts of my body at once (back, shin, breast, side, arm) and talked to my mom. she recommended coming home and going to her dermatologist before we decided anything for sure and i am so glad we did. her dermatologist was horrified that they had been so flippant about cutting parts of my body off and told me that recovery for all of them combined would be horrible. he did end up taking off the suspicious mole that caused the whole mess (which was benign) and told me there was absolutely no reason to mess with my birth mark (which would leave a huge scar) or my other moles, but just to keep an eye on them and watch for changes. my back has healed but the stitches were painful and the scarring is pretty bad... i can't imagine how i would feel if i had just gone through with it all! get second opinions and opinions from doctors you or your loved ones trust!!!
Natnie Natnie 9 years
I was going to an endocrinologist because I was 20 and hadn't developed yet (no periods for me). She ordered a chromosome analysis to check if I had an intersex condition. The next appointment she told me she'd received the results and everything seemed normal. She got out the report, and I saw that it said my karyotype was XY. Normal for a man, perhaps.... O_O
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I'd had to have an episiotomy during the birth of my first child. My stupid (male) OBGYN had the audacity to sew me up with extra, unnecessary stitches so that I could be "tighter", then slap my husband on the back, explain what he'd done, and say "you're welcome". Never mind that it was so uncomfortable for me afterwards we didn't have sex for nearly eight months...
moonlite moonlite 9 years
I've had trouble sleeping for most of my life, but during one particularly bad phase in my senior year of high school, I finally went to see a GP about it. "What seems to be the problem?" he asked. "Well, I can't seem to fall asleep and it's affecting my grades..." "Trouble falling asleep, eh? What, and you think coming to see a doctor is going to help?" I was stunned. I started to get belligerent and finally my mom told him that I don't want any prescription sleep aids. So he calmed down and told me to get a blood test to see how my thyroid function was doing. A week later, I went back to talk to him about the results. He clicks around on his computer for a bit and goes, "Oops." A few minutes and more clicking later he goes, "They tested for the wrong function. But your thyroid levels from when you were 12 years old seem normal, so I think you're fine." I have not been to a doctor since then, and that was almost 4 years ago.
BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 9 years
Carlabunnie, be careful with seizure meds. As I'm sure you know, some can cause fatal skin rashes.
BRANDYNICOLE730 BRANDYNICOLE730 9 years
That is definately a little outlandish. I've been told by a Doc that my migraines were caused by taking birth control, which is ridiculous, since I get them whenever I'm on my period, and some people are prescribed birth control pills to regulate migraines. It was the first time i visited that Doc, and the last. He didn't even know my medical history, or the fact that my mom takes a prescription for migraines, so I took it as someone who is anit- birth control. Not as far out there, but just as angering, women get turned away by Pharmacists when they try to pick up their prescription for birth control, all the time. I wonder if that Pharmacist is going to pay for your abortion, or child support, if their refusal results in your pregnancy...
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
Ah I should have mentioned - I'm in the UK. We don't have medical insurance or anything like that. Hence why I'm suspicious. =)
impersonally impersonally 9 years
I'm a medical student and I read through all these stories to make sure I don't do any of them in the future ... heh. But seriously, a lot of these stories are really horrible and I'm so sorry for all of you who've had to go through them. I've been lucky with doctors so far and haven't had anything nearly as bad as most of you. They are taking great pains to try and change these habits for the future generations of doctors. We have a class that meets weekly that focuses on "patient-centered medicine," being culturally aware, not pushing your personal opinions on the patient or being rude, etc. So hopefully in the future these things will be better, but who knows? These types of classes have only been around for a few years so it'll take many more years until we find out. fluffyhelen, I will say that doctors get tons of free samples and notepads from pharmaceutical companies, but most don't actually recommend the drugs unless they really do believe in them. Plus, they often use free samples for patients who don't have insurance, so it's not all bad, although I understand why it seems a little fishy.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I'll tend not to take medication from a doctor who has the pen/calendar from a drugs company on their desk. It just reeks of fishy!!
carlabunnie carlabunnie 9 years
I have had really bad migraines for about the last 5 years. When i get a migraine I experience stroke like symptoms, loss of vision, speech, and balance, then extreme pain. I went to a doctor when they first started and he just kind of said yeah, you have migraines, and prescribed me two different medications. There were no texts, no blood taken, no nothing. One pill i was supposed to take daily ( I get about 2 headaches a month) and another to take when I actually have a headache. I thought it was a little crazy to take a pill (Tylenol with codeine) everyday, for pain that i didn't have everyday. Needless to say I only used them when i got a headache. So, this past year I decided to consult a different doctor and go to a neurologist to see if I could find out what was causing these headaches. So i went to the neurologist and had an EEG done and they still could not find out why I was getting migraines. Yet, they didn't hesitate to prescribe me multiple medications. Why would a neurologist prescribed me multiple medications for seizures, and then tell me they couldnt find any problems? All my tests were normal! I still don't know what is causing my headaches, but going to multiple doctors and trying 5+ prescriptions has not helped at all. I'm just so sick of pill pushing doctors that prescribe medicine without knowing the cause of the problem.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
Well, I've had two different doctors that I've wanted to throttle about two different incidents: The first was after a skiing accident - many months later I was getting ready for work when something "popped" in my neck and my entire left arm started tingling and my fingers went numb. The pain in my neck was so bad that I was seeing spots. By the time I was seen by the doctor, I was practically hyperventilating from the pain, and he told me that I was "simply a hysterical little girl, and it was all in [my] head." I wanted to punch that man so badly. The second was a few years ago, when I was diagnosed with a mild, completely curable, non-symptomatic STD. Though I was in a long-term, monogamous relationship (which I had told this OBGYN several times), as he was going over the results, he leaned and said, "You just make sure you tell ALL of your partners," with the emphasis on "ALL." Um, excuse me?? Did you just imply that I'm messing around on my boyfriend? (And just to clarify, the reason it hadn't been discovered until my bf and I had been together for over a year, is that my previous doctor was completely irresponsible and neglected to order the lab tests, so I went unchecked for a year or so. And yes, I'm completely fine now and have been for a couple of years.)
lizs lizs 9 years
I got hit by a car while I was riding my bike to class back when I was in college (just grazed, but hard enough to knock me down). I was about 10 pounds overweight and active, still definitely in a healthy BMI range - not that that should have mattered when I went to the college health center to get checked out for being hit by that car, right? I mentioned to the doctor that I was pretty dizzy, and she decided I needed to have my blood sugar checked right away because I was so obviously a diabetes candidate. The dizziness had nothing to do with shock from, oh, I don't know, being hit by a car?! So, while I waited for a verdict on the rapidly swelling contusion on my shoulder, the doc pricked my finger and lectured/pamphleted me about getting active and eating well. My sister (who is at least 50 pounds overweight) stopped going to the doctor, no matter how serious her symptoms, because the doctors would only speak to her about her weight. While I will agree that her weight plays a big role in her health, it's not the sole cause of her health problems and doesn't need to be the focus of every single visit!
suzanne suzanne 9 years
Holy Good Christmas!!! These stories are horrendous, but as a medical professional - I don't for a minute doubt any one of these stories. Doctors can be so inept with their social skills - and have such overinflated egos!!! Listen to your own instincts and if you're ever disrespected, not taken seriously, or bullied... hit the door and report it. Then search around till you find the one that lives up to your expectations of common courtesy and constructive communication. IT'S YOUR BODY... IT'S YOUR LIFE!
aanyanka aanyanka 9 years
All of these stories are so terrible. This is why at 31 years old I still see my pediatrician (feel free to giggle, everyone does). He's the only doctor I have ever found that listens to me and properly takes care of my health issues. Fit- I am horrified that someone actually suggested that you get pregnant and have an abortion to confirm fertility. That is just crazy. I hope everyone has better luck with medical professionals in the future.
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