Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Real Dr. House

from: askrogerdrummer.com
I don't normally use my blog as a place to vent problems that I face in my life.  I like to keep it as light and cheery as I can.   But lately I've been struggling with an issue and I'm very curious to see if any others out there have shared my same experience.

So have any of you out there heard of or watch the Fox TV show, House?   It is about a brilliant doctor with horrid bedside manners.  Despite being brilliant, Dr. House can never identify the patient's problem right away.  He spends the entire episode trying out different methods of treatments.  If treatment A works, then the patient have one disease.  If treatment B works, then the patients has this disease.  If one of the treatments doesn't work, then the patient gets sicker because the disease they do have doesn't like the treatment plan.

So this has been my experience for the past 8 months.  Unfortunately, I have been bumped from doctor to doctor to doctor.  All of them have tried something and none of them have had success.  After their attempts at treatment fail, they send me on to the next doctor.   As annoying as this has been, at least they have all been kind and honest about the situation.   I have now discovered the Real Dr. House.  His bedside manner is about equal to the TV Dr. House and his idea of treatment is about the same.   One month, its this set of medicines and next month it is another set of medicines.

I'm not sure I agree with testing a bunch of different medicines in an attempt to get a full diagnosis, but at the same time I really want a solution.  I've talked to several different doctors and this seems to be an okay method to them, but then again, it isn't their body that has to handle all the different combinations.   So have any of you out there experienced Dr. House?  What did you do in the situation?  Did you trust your doctor unconditionally or worry that you were just a guinea pig?  Grab a latte, put up your feet, and join the discussion!


blueviolet said...

I have usually had a main doctor who I tend to trust, but if I was being passed around all willy nilly, I think I'd get pretty fed up with it too, and I definitely wouldn't like doing med after med before an actual diagnosis is made. That would bother me a lot!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I used to until I totally lost faith in her.

Why not ask your doctor to send you to a diagnostic clinic?

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

Sorry....hit the submit button too early!

I also have learned that the doctor works FOR you. You are paying that doctor and that makes you the boss and the doc the employee. So speak up for yourself. We tend to feel that it is the other way around.

Rachel said...

I experienced the same thing with my youngest daughter when she was about 8 months old. It was rather surreal, and not in a good way. There was a team of doctors that worked together to figure out the problem, and they would randomly drop in by themselves, too. Luckily, they never got to the medicating part, just ran all kinds of tests and wanted to keep running more tests, but my baby actually got better all by herself, despite how strange her condition was. We left the hospital without an official diagnosis.

Dlori said...

I had to comment because I've been going through the exact same thing for about 3 years . Now, I seek treatment from holistic specialists and for the first time, I am getting better. So many doctors don't care anymore because they are not making the money they used to. They have about 3 minutes to give to each patient so they can squeeze 50 patients in a day to make money since insurance companies barely pay them anything. Also doctors are paid by drug distributors to write their patients prescriptions for their drugs. I can go on and on but if you want to get well, start doing your own research on your symptoms, start researching holistic practitioners in your area and take charge of your own treatment. You will start feeling better before you know it.


Danielle said...

I have been experiencing the same thing since november 2010. I lost my voice, can't walk properly, and have seizure like symptoms. I keep getting Dr. House like doctors, who call me nuts and refer me to someone else. i understand how you feel, i hope you find answers soon.