Have you ever considered why they say doctors are "Practicing" medicine?

@Loverbear (4928)
United States
January 7, 2009 4:25am CST
Today, after a follow up visit to my primary physician, I discovered why they say doctors are just practicing medicine. The saga starts about ten years ago when I was told I have a heart murmur. I didn't think about it much, as it didn't do anything to slow me down. Fast forward to November 2008, when I am told that I have a serious heart murmur. Okay, I had a second and third doctor back up the information. Then I go to the ER a week ago Tuesday and the doctor can't hear my "serious heart murmur". I'm having chest pain and am in serious discomfort. I spend four hours in the ER on Oxygen and waiting for the results of the blood test and the chest x-ray. When the results come in the doctor comes in and says I'm find and that I should take the pain medication and see my primary physician (who by the way informed me of the serious heart murmur). Well today he told me that I don't have a murmur but I do have a enlarged aorta valve...but I don't need to worry about it. Oh, and my pain is gall bladder problems, probably gall stones. When I told him I didn't have a gall bladder he simply says "Oh, then it is acid reflux". I was quite a bit pissed, until I realized that the doctors really don't know squat about what they're doing. If you don't have the text book symptoms you're out of luck sucker!!! It's kind of like taking your car to jiffy lube. You get the basics and that's it. So, next time you get frustrated at your doctor, realize that they are only "PRACTICING" and really aren't up on what they're doing. By the time they really figure out what's going on and what they're doing they retire!
2 responses
@psspurgeon1 (1109)
• United States
7 Jan 09
I would request an ECG. It is the only difinitive way to diagnose in detail heart murmers. Also keep in mind that heart murmers are something that can come and heal by themselves. I also had a heart murmer diagnosed and confirmed and within a few years it was gone. I had an ECG to confirm it. As far as an enlarged aorta, they really need to do the in depth heart scan because that has the potential to be serious. I agree though 100% about the docs not knowing outside of the textbook symptoms which we could diagnose ourselves. After a few misdiagnoses on my behalf I made it a priority to research all that I could about my children and myself and any symptoms we have so that when I go to the doc I can either tell him what is wrong or at least a definite place to start looking. We know our bodies better than anyone else and we are our own best asset. I wish you all the luck. Push for yourself cause nobody else will. Be persistant and demand your rights to be treated with the best medical care.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
7 Jan 09
Thank you!!! I woke up this morning to even more pain in my right chest, and then my BF came in to say good morning and get his hugs before he left for his motor cycle ride...he gave me the news that one of my very favorite neighbors has lung cancer. I know the man goes to the doctor and I am sure he complained about problems with his chest, so they figure that he's older and has nothing better to do than complain. It makes me sick... I am in the same situation that many Americans are in, I am low income. The medical help that the government will provide is an assembly line type situation. You get fifteen minutes top, and after 15 seconds you can tell they aren't listening but thinking about their golf game, fishing, dinner or what ever. For fairly decent medical care I have to drive five hours and go to Stanford University Hospital. It's overdue that people need to get proficient medical care in their home towns. I need to make an appointment at Stanford for an ultra sound of my heart. It's a royal pain since I will have to drive up there and back and use up essentially two days for something that something that should have been done here. I enjoy the trip, but I'm not too thrilled about having to make a special trip for it. Plus the doctor doesn't want the idiots here doing the Ultra sound, she wants the people up there to do it. I do research all the diagnosis', and the misdiagnosis'. Most of them have been total misses! Like with everything if they can't figure out what the problem is they have a "catch all" category to make the patient happy(?). For me their favorite is "acid reflux". If I had that condition for all these years my esophagus would be totally destroyed. It's the best catch all they have because I am not 30 any more. I will say that I get the urge to smack the doctors up aside the head with a two by four to get their attention! It's at that point that I am ready to give up totally and just stay away from the quacks and treat myself. It seems like I do a better job than the doctors.
• Australia
7 Jan 09
I know how you feel, i had an extremely sore throat for MONTHS and every single doctor i went to either told me it was a symptom of the flu, or a cold or laringitus, when months after i first developed it i was finally told by a specialist i needed an operation to remove my adnoids.