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Your Doctor Hates These 5 Things About You

I can think of plenty of reasons going to the doctor annoys me. I hate the long wait, I spend more time talking to the nurse than the actual doctor, and when I do see the doctor, he's always so quick to write out a prescription and send me on my way. Who knew, though, that doctors find us frustrating, too. Here are five things MDs hate about their patients.

  1. Patients who lie about their lifestyle. No one wants to admit that they smoke, drink, do drugs, or don't exercise, but if we lie about it to our doctors, then it can prevent us from getting the proper care we need.
  2. Patients who don't follow through with the care the doctor recommended. If a doctor prescribes medication, therapy, or a certain lifestyle change and you don't listen, then it's not only an insult to your doc, but it's also detrimental to your health.

To see what else bugs your doctor, keep reading.

  1. Patients who'd rather pop pills or have surgery than take responsibility for their own well-being. Obesity, heart problems, high blood pressure, and chronic pain are just some of the diseases and conditions associated with poor diet and lack of exercise. It bothers doctors when their patients refuse to take care of themselves and expect the doctor to cure them with a prescription or procedure.
  2. Patients who insist they need a certain medication because they saw it on TV or the Internet. Doctors love when patients take an interest in their own health, but demanding specific medications can interfere with a patient's care, since doctors may know of more effective drugs. It's also annoying when patients don't want their doctor's opinion, only their prescriptions.
  3. Patients who rely on the Internet, friends, or relatives for their health care. These can definitely be great tools, but just because your Aunt Sophie gets sinus infections often and is convinced you have one too, doesn't mean you do. Leave the diagnosis to the doctor.

Are you guilty of any of these "practices"?

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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I've found that sometimes you have to "interview" a doctor when looking for one to treat you for a certain condition. My family doctor, who has treated my whole family for probably 15+ years was emphatic that I could not be getting sinus infections/bronchitis/strep throat/upper respiratory infections from an allergy to my cat. She refused to test me to see if I was allergic. I spent about 4 years of my life suffering with these infections for 6-8 weeks at a time, to have them clear up for a week or so and then come right back. She just kept prescribing antibiotics. Went away to college, and my first weekend home to visit, I had my first asthma attack and broke out in hives to the cat. Went to the doctor, she denied it! So I stopped seeing her and found someone new. For years I was told that I was asthmatic but nobody ever treated me for it or did any tests. They would just prescribe an inhaler to use when I felt out of breath. Finally I moved to a new city for work, and I decided that instead of getting a family doctor, I'd get a dermatologist (for skin cancer screenings), a primary doctor who specialized in women's health, an ENT to deal with my infections, and for kicks, I added an asthma specialist. The first thing the asthma specialist did was run a bunch of tests, which showed that my blood oxygen level was below 90% and I failed the spirometry test (65%). She said most people would be at the ER with these symptoms, that she was amazed I accustomed to that severe of asthma. She immediately put me on medications to control my asthma and life has been so much better. I know I have 4 doctors instead of the normal 1, but each one is a specialist for something that is a health concern of mine. Minus the dermatologist, the other's I see for regular checkups so they can adjust my meds should something improve or worsen. I keep them all updated on what each other is doing and I think it has helped me to feel the best I have in a long time.
aSunnyGirl123 aSunnyGirl123 7 years
Subject of Doctors is a very sensitive one in different ways, there are a lot of doctors that are doctors just for the money, and make you take all the expensive tests, BUT there are also many doctors who are really there to help. So PLEASE PLEASE remember that all doctors aren't bad I myself am i pediatrician and I just really get annoyed when parents of the patient act like i'm just out for the money
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
I read that Atul Gawande article a few weeks ago. It is a weird situation for doctors as well. I honestly think grad school fees need to be dropped a lot. I'm a lawyer, and owe 120k in loans for law school. It's ridiculous, and forces me to take a job I hate because I need the money to pay back my loans. I'd rather be helping out the disadvantaged.
VolleyJen14 VolleyJen14 8 years
i think the idea of bringing up what a sister or relative has found useful if they've used a specific treatment to a doctor would actually be helpful. so many things are genetically linked, why not bring up something that worked for your mom/sister if there are multiple ways something can be treated? also, it assists doctors with history. in this day in age, when doctors are seeing an overwhelming number of patients each day, you better believe i am going to bring up any piece of information that might be helpful as i am rushed out of the doctor's office. i have plenty of friends who are doctors who yes, do get annoyed by some of the above items, but have had too many experiences where doctor's miss things or don't consider something due to lack of time or rushing.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
We receive free healthcare through the NHS here. It is a COW to get the tests you need to diagnose a problem! An absolute nightmare. :(
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
I think that most doctors mean well. Still, Doctors aren't god, they aren't always right, and they aren't always recommending things out of good information and selfless desire to help you. I've had doctors argue with me about the honest facts I state about my lifestyle. I've also had advice that make no sense or is way outdated. There is a difference between the hard-headed patient who just doesn't listen and one that is skeptical in an educated way.
mem952 mem952 8 years
my friend's doctor googled her condition - right in front of her!!
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
well to be fair to some doctors, my friends who are new to the field, work for clinics and hospitals, and are often forced to go by their procedures which aren't always right. But those who own their own practices need to do a better job. My ortho surgeon had an average 2 hour wait to see him every time, and he literally spent 5 minutes when seeing me for my appointment. It was frustrating, but he's the best in his field, which is why he sees 50 patients a day.
Vsugar Vsugar 8 years
I have been to many many doctors who simply didn't listen to me - just tuned out, thought they knew what was wrong, and clearly couldn't be bothered to figure it out - I spent a few moths having serious chest pains and overwhelming fatigue - I was in my early 20's, and I saw about 4 different doctors who all said the fatigue was depression and the chest pains were anxiety attacks - mind you, they made this diagnosis before even EXAMINING ME. Then their examination was perfunctory at best, and they prescribed me anti-anxiety meds and anti-depressives. I refused to take these drugs because I knew they were all wrong and that something was seriously wrong in my body - I decided to take a trip home to see my PEDIATRICIAN, who had been my doctor literally since I was born, and he discovered that I had a COLLAPSED LUNG and I had to have lung surgery and spent a month in the hospital. I was told after the surgery that I COULD HAVE DIED from this, and I was admonished by my thoracic surgeon for not having been to the doctor earlier - when I told him that I had seen 4 other doctors who all said I was depressed and anxious, he looked stunned for about a second, and then said, "Were they all older men?" 3 of them were older men, and 1 one of them was a younger man - And he said that he saw female cardiac patients all the time who were told by male doctors that they were depressed and anxious when in fact they were having heart attacks. If a male patient walks into a doctor's office complaining of chest pain, everyone takes them seriously - if a woman does, especially a young woman, doctors brush it off as emotional distress. So my thought on this story is that if I had just "listened" to all those sexist doctors and taken their medication, despite what my instincts were telling me, I might be dead now.
ellenp1214 ellenp1214 8 years
i think that utilizing the internet is a great thing! doctors these days are more interested in prescribing a medicine for a "quick fix" thanks to a pharmaceutical company without getting to the root of the problem. doctors also don't often ask the right questions. after years of debilitating skin rashes, i was at my wits end and asked my dermatologist if it could be food allergies or anything internal. they flat out told me NO. after a ton of research, i lost them, found a new doctor and found out i have food allergies, a bacterial infection and other GI problems. the internet has been an invaluable tool for me. sometimes it's difficult to go against a doctor you trust to get a second opinion, and the internet can give you the confidence to take control of your health.
stephyr4 stephyr4 8 years
I think using the internet isn't necessarily a bad tool when it comes to learning about your health. I had an operation about 2 years ago and it was difficult to understand what exactly the diagnosis was for my condition to go forward with the procedure. Everyone kept speaking in very technical terms and I still wasn't aware of what was completely going on with my body. So I had the doctors write down everything and I went ahead and looked it up myself to give me a better understanding. But at the same time I can see how using the internet could make you paranoid and you can be misinformed.
haphazardness haphazardness 8 years
NikkiRuby - that is ridiculous, not only would your routine blood tests during your pregnancy have shown what you said was true, but that sounds very unnecessarily invasive and unintelligent. If they'd been required to medically find out, why didn't they test your blood, or used the heel prick blood for that?? Not ok- in such a situation you could have called them on inefficient and unnecessary behaviour leading to distressing a newborn!
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