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Give Me Your Best Diagnosis #HAWMC

Posted by Connie on Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 10:04 am and is filed under Advocate, Healthy or Not.
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Prompt: Health Activist Choice Day 2! Write about whatever you like.

Have you had a doctor tell you, “I don’t know”? It’s refreshing to hear that, especially when he says that he’s going to continue to find an answer, a diagnosis and a treatment. I’d much rather hear that than be given some farfetched diagnosis that I and my doctor both know is ridiculous.

This happened to me recently and it’s happening more frequently. I understand that you need to fill in the blank on insurance paperwork for a diagnosis, but don’t give me some baloney story. It makes me feel like I’m too stupid to realize that you just don’t know.

My health issues are so complex and I’m always coming up with WBS – Weird Body Symptoms – that I wouldn’t blame any doctor who was bewildered with a pain that I’m complaining about, or nausea. With me and probably with others who have multiple chronic illnesses, it’s going to take time to separate one condition from another first. Then making the decision through tests, blood work, etc. will be needed to determine if it’s something entirely new.

Doctors, it’s OK to admit that you don’t have an answer. Be reassuring that you’re not giving up. Work with me and let’s get to work on getting a real diagnosis.

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3 comments

  1. Yes, and I don’t like when they say it! Or the times when they say, “you might come to a point where you’ll just have to live with it”, as in the occipital nerve headaches that I was having (totally different than my migraines!). Connie, I know from one of your other blogs that you use something like relaxation to help with the pain. I used to listen to Disney-type podcasts or my music (mostly Disney stuff or nature sounds) to get my mind off of the pain. I’ll probably send you an e-mail in the next few days.
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    comment by Barb — April 23, 2012 @ 9:04 pm
  2. I think getting the “I don’t know” response from a health expert is the scariest thing. But it happens. Your idea of “Let’s work together on this,” is a smart approach that I hope I never have to use. :)
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    comment by Becca Bernstein — April 24, 2012 @ 8:03 am
  3. Definitely true– rather hear that if the doctor continues looking for the answer. Truth is they don’t know everything but a good doctor will go on the journey with you and maybe even learn something along the way!
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    comment by Melissa {momcomm} — April 24, 2012 @ 9:41 am

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