Saw my PCP today and I'm not getting along with this guy. We moved last year so I've had to get all new docs. I saw him 3 times complaining that my IBS was worsening and he wouldn't do anything for me but give me probiotics. And when that didn't work he told me to go eat yogurt. At the time my headaches made a comback and wouldn't back down either, so I had complained about it too. All we did was bicker on our last appt. When I told him the probiotics didn't work, he said the IBS, headaches and fibro were psychological. We argured before he finally gave me a GI consult. I just want to make sure I wasn't getting gastroperisis again.
The main reason I had to come in today (our 4th appt?) was because the tear duct plug in my R eye popped out (for sjogren's) a couple days after our last appt, and the VA told me I had to see my PCP 1st before I could get a referral to an eye specialist. I thought, oh great. Not that guy again. When I came to my appt he told me he never heard of a tear duct plug in his life. When I explained what it was and how it worked, he was still confused. He put in the consult, but then I told him my ankle has been bothering me for about a month as well. I thought at 1st it was just fibro, but the pain is still there so I was wondering if he would look it over. He squeezed here and there and I told him it was sore, moved my ankle around and then told me there was nothing wrong with it.
Suggested that I should go get some basket ball shoes. I told him why would I go pay for something like that if we don't even know what could be wrong with it? So we bickered about my ankle. He asked if I want to see a foot doctor. I asked if a foot doctor is the appropriate doctor to see. He then said he doesn't know what a foot doctor will find if *he* didn't find anything wrong. I said well at least a foot doctor knows the foot. And on and on our arguing went! I don't even know if a podiatrist is the right doctor, anyway (I can't get in to see rheumy till Aug). I dont remember injuring my foot, just that I woke up one day and it was painful to move my ankle around. Sharp pain. It comes and goes.
When I told him that, coupled with the comments he gave me last time about my IBS, headaches, and fibro being psychological, I suddenly got the feeling this guy thinks I'm some kind of hypochondriac. The last thing I want is to be stuck with a PCP who thinks everything is in my head every time I come see him. I'm so ticked about this guy that he's wasted almost a year of my time, just giving me a hard time about my hard time. I don't look forward to coming to an appt where we'll just bicker about everything. So, after walking out of his office, I went to the front desk and picked up a form for requesting a new PCP. I don't know how it will go, because some guy / board decides what will happen and who your new doctor will be.
Btw.... I've tried temporary tear duct plugs multiple times and those only melted away bringing no relief to my dry eyes so they gave me permanent plugs. But the plug in my R eye continues to pop out anyway. When I get into seeing the opthamologist, I will ask about cauterizing my bottom panctums. Eye drops only bring relief for a few minutes and medications have rough side effects. I have to find something more effective and permanent.
I need a PCP who is up for handling a patient with fibro because that alone is a big job for us, let alone if we have overlapping conditions. This guy clearly isn't cut out for it.
Well, here are a few cute image memes to help your Tuesday. I have to go in to have blood drawn, which will lead to the doctor yelling at me next week (or so I fear) b/c my iron is a little low. Yes, well, I have nasty GERD since 1978. Iron supplements are notorious for ripping up GI systems. Mine's already torn up, thanks. And, yes, I eat well, but I'm ... ahem... that "special age" for women....
With COVID-19, quarantine and civil unrest how are you doing? I feel like I am living in a scary film that just goes on and on, do you feel this way? I keep working on my coping and relaxation techniques but am ready for this movie to end. Are you working on a project or craft to distract your self? How are you coping? Wishing you safety, calmness and peace.