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A Doctors Visit





BigGeek
I am a 57 year old male and I live in Boulder Colorado. This past spring I went to the doctor to get checked out as my blood pressure had gone up slightly - from 130/75 to 150/90. When I went to the doctor the first thing that she did was get upset because I had not had a physical in over 5 years. I told her I felt great, I am strong, and fit, I eat well and there is nothing wrong with me other than slightly high blood pressure and some heart burn.

She went off on her (like all Doctors do) that I need to have a complete physical, and blood work. She referred me to a Gastroenterologist - They scheduled a Colonoscopy, and an Endoscopy. Two days before the Colonoscopy and Endoscopy appointment I went to the lab and got my blood work done. Did the horrible prep for the camera up the butt and down the throat. Day after the Colonoscopy and Endoscopy I went in for the rest of the physical that included a chest x-ray, and prostate and hernia check.

This was three days of more Doctor and Hospital time than I ever wanted to go through. On the 4th day I developed a rash and hives, and extreme fatigue.

The following week I went in to see my Doctor and discuss the results of all their prodding, and probing, and by then I was covered in hives and so tired I could barely keep my eyes open.

She announces that I am in great health and prescribes a beta blocker to lower my blood pressure. I asked her about the rash, severe itching all over - that is typically preceded by sharp needling pains.

Her response was - I don't know - must be a reaction to something. It has now been a month and I am still going through the same thing, rash, headaches, needling pains followed by intense itching.

I went and saw her for the 5th time since this all started and she sent me to a dermatologist for the rash and itching and started lecturing me on taking my blood pressure medication.

I exploded at her, I stood up and said "Are you on fu&king drugs you stupid bitch? is all you care about is me taking your fu*king blood pressure pill?" - She was totally offended by my outburst and started to lecture me on cussing at her when I went off again - "You're going to lecture me on cussing - here is a cuss for you - I was fine, healthy and fit, I came in here for 2 small ailments - you shove me through your invasive procedures - insist that I need them to be healthy, and now I am worse off than when I came in, and you don't give a shit at all - all you care about is that I take my pill and don't cuss." She started to back pedal and claim she cared about me and I exploded again - "I felt great, and I WAS healthy - I come in here - you push me through your tests and now I feel worse than I have ever felt in my life, I am sicker than I have ever been in my life, and you send me to a dermatologist and prescribe some cream for the rash - WTF, your kidding me right??? Man this is why you idiots get sued all the time, because believe me if I could sue you I would!!" I wish I had never ever come in here, and I wish I had NEVER listened to you at all".

I left and haven't been back. I am miserable and so sick and have no idea what is wrong, and the freaking Doctor is useless. I gotta say the medical profession in the US is a bunch of shit and I am sorry I ever went to them or trusted them with my health - what a mistake that was Evil or Very Mad
deanhills
BigGeek wrote:

I left and haven't been back. I am miserable and so sick and have no idea what is wrong, and the freaking Doctor is useless. I gotta say the medical profession in the US is a bunch of shit and I am sorry I ever went to them or trusted them with my health - what a mistake that was Evil or Very Mad

WOW BigGeek! Shocked Just read about the procedure .... that is AWFUL! I'm sure it must be the stuff you had to drink before the procedure to empty your insides that may have caused the hives and itching - looks as though it comes with a string of possible side effects. Sounds brutal.

Quote:
My doctor made me drink four liters of TriLyte. The first thing I did was to read the directions, which said, "Do not use TriLyte if you are allergic to any ingredient in TriLyte Solution." Unfortunately it didn't tell me what those ingredients were. Then there were the warnings of possible side effects, which consisted of: Bloating; nausea; rectal irritation; stomach fullness or cramps; vomiting; rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; chest pain; hoarseness; muscle weakness; persistent or severe nausea and vomiting; severe bloating or abdominal swelling; severe stomach pain; slow or irregular heartbeat; vomiting of blood.

You've got to read this article:
http://www.tcnj.edu/~hofmann/colonoscopy.htm
BigGeek
deanhills - I didn't drink the prescription stuff, I used a whole container of Miralax mixed with lemon lime Gatorade along with some ducolax tablets - all over the counter stuff!

My reactions were not as severe as what is listed in your quote, however it has been one of the worst experiences of my life.

What substitutes for medicine in the US these days is far from it. Bunch of greedy doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies looking to profit BIG TIME off your suffering and misery.

If you complain you are the problem, if you sue, you are the problem. It is not about helping anyone any more, it is about maximizing profits and reducing losses.

I now am on the side of the patients and people that have sued the medical industry - if what I experienced is typical for the medical community, I am surprised there are not more law suits!
BigGeek
I read that story you posted the link to - Pretty funny - good write up!!!

He is right as you get older and know what lies ahead - dying doesn't seem that bad!!

I will say this - NEVER EVER AGAIN will I go in for a Colonoscopy - If I die of colon cancer so be it - that seems preferable to what I have been going through along with the colonoscopy!

I will say that unlike him I did not go eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bacon! I went home and mixed 100 billion IUs of probiotics into a cup of yogurt and ate that for the first thing after the procedure.

I then ate fruit, yogurt, and some protein powder, with more probiotics.

The prep destroys all your friendly flora and it needs to be replaced after - so that was what I attempted to do!

This is not the first one - I had one 5 years ago, but did not get this sick in the following weeks. It did take me 3 months of 5 different types, and 100 billion IU's a day of probiotics before my digestive system normalized!

This sort of crap (literally) is why I hate antibiotics and laxatives - they rape your colon of good bacteria and typically takes me months to straighten it back out!

I have decided I am going to treat my heart burn and blood pressure with herbs, and I won't be back to the doctor anytime soon!!
deanhills
BigGeek wrote:


I have decided I am going to treat my heart burn and blood pressure with herbs, and I won't be back to the doctor anytime soon!!
I've been ill from anti-biotics as well. Had a real scary experience four years ago with a dentist who prescribed two kinds of anti-biotics at the same time. Fortunately landed at a really great dentist after, who was completely shocked. She maintained that anti-biotics should only be used in acute circs and minutely. I doubt I'll ever want to go through what you went through. I'm also not very trusting of the medical profession. Although I do think there are some really great doctors around. They're the old-fashioned ones who probably would use the minimum of procedures.
BigGeek
deanhills wrote:
BigGeek wrote:


I have decided I am going to treat my heart burn and blood pressure with herbs, and I won't be back to the doctor anytime soon!!
I've been ill from anti-biotics as well. Had a real scary experience four years ago with a dentist who prescribed two kinds of anti-biotics at the same time. Fortunately landed at a really great dentist after, who was completely shocked. She maintained that anti-biotics should only be used in acute circs and minutely. I doubt I'll ever want to go through what you went through. I'm also not very trusting of the medical profession. Although I do think there are some really great doctors around. They're the old-fashioned ones who probably would use the minimum of procedures.


I'm with you I don't trust the medical profession at all! The problem with them is that they will NOT consider any form of medication other than pharmaceuticals, and all of them have side effects. The other problem I have with my Doctors is that none of them are even aware of the side effects from their medication are. They just prescribe the stuff without a second thought, and none of them take the time to read up on the side effects.

Couple of years ago they put me on Cipro (antibiotic) for an intestinal problem - hell they didn't even know what the problem was they were just guessing at an infection - the Cipro had horrible side effects made me ache in my joints like I had never felt before, made me dizzy and I would see flashes of light out of the corner of my right eye.

I called her (my Doc.) to let her know what my experience was and she said - just suck it up and take them until they are gone - I exploded at her on the phone and she called in a prescription for a different antibiotic. Next time I saw her I complained that I have to blow up at her to get her to listen to me!!

I honestly think most of them just don't care about the patients health - all they care about is that you shut up and do what they tell you Shocked Rolling Eyes
deanhills
[quote="BigGeek"][quote="deanhills"]
BigGeek wrote:


Couple of years ago they put me on Cipro (antibiotic) for an intestinal problem - hell they didn't even know what the problem was they were just guessing at an infection - the Cipro had horrible side effects made me ache in my joints like I had never felt before, made me dizzy and I would see flashes of light out of the corner of my right eye.
I totally agree with you. A few years ago, around 2010/2011 (wow the time is flying fast) I had a very strange skin affliction. Like the closest resemblance they could find was Pityriasis rosea. I went to see a dermatologist in a different city who was supposedly a specialist. He put me through taking a biopsy, then when I went for the follow up visit, had failed to send a photo to the pathologist, took a guess at a verdict (Lichen Planus), which didn't remotely look like what I had when I checked it up - like it looked like acne, mine was just a large dry rosea skin patch. Non-itching. And here's the part that really rocked me off my feet. For something that was undiagnozed for the better part and with an inconclusive verdict of this acne looking picture, he prescribed large doses of antibiotics that are used for acne. When I researched it discovered that it made people sick. Helped the acne initially, then the repeated use lost its effect eventually and no longer works. I didn't even have acne!

Needless to say I didn't go for the treatment and never saw the doctor again. I felt this super dermatologist and the medical profession by default had failed me. The Pityriasis rosea started to fade eventually over several months and a couple of years, although there is still some sensitivity and a month after it started I started to lose almost half of my hair. Maybe environmental here in the Middle East? No doubt in my dizzy feature a more qualified doctor may say, those were symptoms of XYZ. A pity we couldn't figure it out earlier. Very Happy I'm just wondering how sick I would have become of different things, if I'd followed the prescription above.
loveandormoney
Be very careful.
A bad hospital can create a lot of problems.
amagard
Uh, scary stories, but great discussion thread !
I am over 50, as soon as a doctor saw me she said: "You haven't had a Colonoscopy yet ?".
They make you feel guilty and stupid. But a Colonoscopy is indeed supposed to be a wise means to detect and treat the beginnings of cancer early and avoid serious trouble later on.
Anyway I went through this and was lucky to not experience any major suffering.

But whenever I see a doctor I realize: he is supposed to help you, but he also has to make his living and thus thinks like an entrepreneur. For you as a patient it is hard to impossible to assess what he suggests to do with you. At the end it is a matter of trust and believes.
loveandormoney
They make you feel guilty and stupid


Question:


Most people
have that experience


but see the other side
doctor is tired and so insulting.

Its bad.


I did it
I came into the doctors room


he was using the phone during I came in and during phoning
he said with his hands to sit down.


I left the doctors house at once.
eviebee
Wow, at least you were lucky you didn't die during your colonoscopy. The procedure itself causes up to 15,000 deaths per year, and that's not counting all the possible side effects. Also, be thankful that you're a man and you only had to go through this once. If you were a woman you'd be forced (and I mean physically forced in many cases) to have much more invasive and useless exams since you were a teenager.

Your doctor sounds like a quack. Physical exams on asymptomatic individuals are not recommended by any medical association. All the scientific studies have shown that having an annual physical does not decrease mortality or morbidity but causes overdiagnosis and overtreatment, which simply means that healthy people are treated for diseases that they either don't have or that would never cause any symptoms.

Doctors like these exams because they bring them a lot of money. Let's say a complete physical costs $100. If a doctor performs 100 physicals in a year it adds up to $10,000. In 10 years, that's $100,000. And I doubt any doctor performs only 100 physicals a year. Oh, and that obviously doesn't count any bonuses they get for referring patients for further testing. Or finding a problem that would have healed on its own and then treating it.

As for the rash, it was probably just psychosomatic. It's obvious that you weren't comfortable with the exam. Your body was just confirming what you were feeling. I've had rashes like that when I was in college and was under a lot of stress. They would always go away when I stopped worrying too much.
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