Hey… I’ve had firsthand experience with Dr.'s thinking I was a hypochondriac…
I think sometimes, they should take a little more time to listen to the patient. I had to see the Dr.'s at a local hospital 3 times before I got treatment. First time was I could feel my heart beat(pounding, insane feeling, and I was 25). I was told it was nerves, with basically no tests being done. Went back 2 days later, same thing. Then, 2 days after the 2nd time, my brother ended up taking me to the ER. The dr there was a cardiologist(I literally owe my life to the man). Was finally diagnosed as a 3rd degree heart block. Mine was bad enough that on the EKG there were times that the lower half of my heart was not beating. Eventually found out that it was caused by lymes disease.
Point being, sometimes the dr’s think they are right. a simple blood test to check for an infection would have shown something was amiss. They took it as I was full of BS and wanting some drugs. You cant treat patients that way. If my bro hadn’t taken me to the ER, I was told that there was no way I could have lived more than 24 hrs with my heart like that…[/quote]
The flip side would be the THOUSANDS of patients who really are just looking for pain meds. There are patients who ask for teeth to be taken out so they can get more prescription pain meds.
I hate the fact that your case was overlooked, however.
We live in a world where many people aren’t truthful. They try to take advantage of the system. You also had a bacterial infection that has symptoms so broad in range that it makes Stage 3 of the infection (which it sounds like you were either in or nearing) difficult to diagnose no matter who the doctor is.