Eroding

Let’s try this again. WP is making us jump through all kinds of hoops to find that reblog button, but I did find it.

Again – this post is by Victo Dolore. No one should be treated in such a way by a medical specialist, and especially not on the very first visit!

Behind the White Coat

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“I went to the drive through and got the biggest thing of popcorn chicken they sold and I ate every last bit of it in the car.” She had that numb, dead look in her eye that I had seen before. “Then I pulled over on the side of the road, stuck a finger down my throat, and made myself throw it all up.”

“You’ve done this before?” I asked in disbelief. “You are bulemic?”

She nodded. “Since I was a teenager. I hadn’t done it in a year or two, though.” I had been seeing her for over ten years and not an inkling of this was ever spoken of before.

No clue.

“Why did you do it this time? What the hell happened?”

“That new pulmonologist you sent me to? She’s as skinny as my pinkie. She says to me as soon as she walks through the door…

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6 Responses to Eroding

  1. candygai says:

    Truth. And I wrote passionately there. I don’t know if I can copy with my cell.
    Candy Gai

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  2. Barry says:

    A few years back when my migraines where having a serious effect on my family, they arranged for me to see a “highly respected” neurologist specialising in headache and migraine. As I was describing my symptoms, he would frequently interrupt me with “Nonsense. That doesn’t happen with migraines”. Other family members also described their observations of how I behaved during attacks, including written statements from family members who were unable to be present.

    It was very clear to us all that he didn’t believe us, although he didn’t say so directly. We felt we were being interrogated instead of being part of a consultation. His report to my GP completely ignored every symptom that wasn’t consistent with the textbook definition of a typical migraine with aura. None of these symptom were of particular concern to myself or my family, and were not the reason why he was consulted. As a result, my marriage of nearly forty years almost ended in divorce.

    I was persuaded to see a number of psychiatrists and psychologists in case the symptoms were “all in my head”. It was only because their conclusions were that I was in remarkably good mental health considering the symptoms I had to endure, and their help in devising techniques to cope with the worst effects that I am still married. And it was also where, at the age of 60, I was diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. That knowledge in itself, has been of significant value in learning to cope with the struggles of life.

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    • Thank goodness you did finally get the proper diagnosis.

      When my husband and I were first married, he would often suffer from what the doctors called “panic attacks” (rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, etc.) They sent him to various psychologists and psychiatrists. For years, we thought it was all in his head, and I’m afraid I wasn’t as sympathetic as I could have been. One doctor even commented, “Maybe you should give up the marijuana” (we were young, but never did drugs of any kind). Finally, he wound up in the ER and they found out he had a heart condition (which has now been passed down to my daughter, unfortunately). Sometimes doctors are just so full of themselves that they don’t listen to their patients.

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      • Barry says:

        What diagnosis? The autism is unrelated to the migraines. I still have migraines more than 20 days each month, and I am still picked up in public by the police and/or paramedics several times a year because they think I’m very drunk, high on drugs or suffering a stroke – none of which are true.

        I’m told I have “atypical migraines”, but so far there has been no effective treatment. I have learnt some skills that allow me to cope with the pain, but that has no effect on the other symptoms such as loss of coordination and balance; visual auras and blind spots; difficulty in processing language; extreme sensitivity to light, sound, and smell; and Impaired consciousness.

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