17 May 2010

The Ignorance of (Some) Doctors

I just got back from seeing my GP.

I have to see her every three months because she doesn't do prescription repeats over the phone. Although I've been on the same asthma meds for over nine years she will only give me a three month supply every time I see her. I'm sure it has to do with getting paid through the provincial health care system, but it really is a pain in the a$$.

Anyhow, she asked me about the "fertility clinic" I go to and about what our next steps were. I've explained to her what Napro is, but she doesn't seem to understand that it's ONE doctor who is also a GP who also takes IF patients. But I digress.

I mentioned that I wanted to get my thyroid and vitamin D levels checked and then she went on an ignorant diatribe about how there isn't any clinical reason to test me. I told her about my consistently low estrogen and progesterone levels and she just brushed me off. She said that because my weight has been stable and that my energy levels are good AND because there was no family history she thought that it would be a waste of time and money. What I wanted to say was, "Sew got her thyroid fixed and now she has a baby growing inside of her!!!!" But I didn't.

It took every ounce of my being not to yell at her.

I could've brought up the fact that she ignored my symptoms of endo for YEARS and that if I listened to her about my crazy bleeding and pain issues that I would still be on the pill.

But I didn't.

I also got a lecture about how taking too much vitamin D was a bad thing. Apparently there's a ton of research that my Napro practitioner has told me about regarding a deficiency of vitamin D and low hormone levels. She also wouldn't test me to see what my vitamin D levels are.

Can I tell you how thankful I am for my Napro doc, Dr. T? I'm sure that she is going to be much more receptive when I ask her to get my thyroid tested. I won't get a lecture and I'm sure that we will have a good discussion about it. I see her on June 17th and that appointment can't come any sooner.

I know that I have to continue seeing my ignorant GP, I just have to remember to focus on what she helps treat: my asthma. I have other doctors (including my gastroenterologist) who are so much more open to new trains of thought. My GI was so happy to learn about how much going gluten-free helped me! I'm almost certain that she's mentioned it to her other patients!

I wish that it was easier to find a GP in my province. I know that if I were to leave this doctor that I would be hard pressed to find another. I just have to remember to not tell her anything when she asks.



  1. Sorry about your GP visit. I'm glad you've got other doctors that are better listeners and actually consider your suggestions.

  2. Yes, I had my thyroid "fixed" but now I don't have a thyroid a baby and no one to help me.

    It's not a good situation to be in...not at all. I wouldn't wish this angst on even my worse enemy.

  3. and just because I'm pregnant doesn't mean I will have a baby....

  4. I just started taking Vitamin D (I found out I was low last month) and I've read lately that you can take a lot and be perfectly fine. And that's not Napro stuff I'm reading, but mainstream. Plus, I've heard that people in colder climates with less sun (which describes where I grew up, and I imagine you too), are usually deficient. You should definitely look into it.

    And by the way, I totally had to go get McD's fries today because of you!

  5. I hear you on the ignorant doctor front. My "baby catcher" has no concern about my progesterone level AT ALL! He's never tested it! So I just remember, as you said, to focus on what their role is. In your case, your asthma and probably occasional colds etc.

    And yes, I've heard a lot about the role vitamin D plays in fertility. You go girl!!!

  6. Sorry about that nasty visit. There are times when I just say to doctors "I have more questions, and I need you to answer them. And if I don't understand you, I'm going to ask them again." Blurrgggg!

  7. Jelly, so sorry about your GP! I'm going to pray the rosary that you will be able to find another GP that can help you!!

    By the way, my Napro doctor recommended me to take 8,000 mg of Vitamin D. And I also have asthma.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers, my friend!


  8. June 17th, come here fast!!!

    Praying for you!

  9. So frustrating!! Sorry you had to deal with that.

  10. Ugh, I can't understand why your doctors won't test your vitamin D. As AYWH said, anyone in the Northern latitudes is at risk of Vit. D deficiency. It's not even expensive. I'd demand it even if you have to pay out of pocket. Will your naturopath write the slip?

    As for thyroid, I guess I'm sort of lucky that problems do run in my family so I can get tested fairly easily but a full thyroid work up should be part of an IF work up... keep fighting for what you know you need.

  11. sounds like my gp, they must have gone to the same school whose motto is "me dr. i know, you patient you not know" ugh...
    I really really hate the "no news is good news" line she throws me!! it's like i want the results even the "good one"

    Dr. T will most definitely do it she is amazing!!

    that Seinfeld episode has scarred all patients i think. you know the one where her file is being passed on :)

    oh and for sew, you have a baby just it's not know whether it will stay here with you or go back up to heaven as an angel :)