Thursday, March 27, 2014

I *hate* rheumatologists.

I am an educated woman. I have more letters after my name than most physicians have. So why do they feel it appropriate to tell me, essentially, that all of my vertigo, tremor, stammer, memory problems, etc. may be due to "anxiety?" Anxiety my @$$. Look, dude, just because you don't know what's going on doesn't mean I'm bat-**** crazy. I even offered (twice) to undergo a full psychiatric evaluation. Heaven help me if nothing shows up on the next MRI.

Lessons learned:
  1. If you show no emotion when describing symptoms then the symptoms aren't serious.
  2. If you show minimal emotion when describing symptoms then you're bonkers.

I hate rheumatologists.
Oh, and let's not forget the famous "This drug might help you, but I don't prescribe it. Ask your GP" moment.
I hate rheumatologists.


  1. What an odd concept--going to see a doctor because you have 'symptoms'--and expecting him (or maybe her, but the hims are the most stubborn) to actually do something about it. Good luck. I believe in your sanity, even if your doctors don't.

  2. Lesson 3: If you show a high level of emotion (such as the buildup to hysterical sobbing that I've been through the past several doctor's visits), then you are unstable, unintelligent, and clearly not to be trusted. And I don't even have the letters after my name. You just can't win.

    1. Yeah, I have found that only a small amount of emotion is acceptable, and even then they think you're a psych case.