Monday, May 11, 2015

Stupid Things Physicians Say, Part 2

This is a follow up post to the original "Stupid Things Physicians Say" Because, unfortunately, the entries keep coming in. (Please keep sending them! I'm having fun compiling these).

7. "You shouldn't drink caffeine." Agreed. Make it so that I am not chronic fatigued and I'll stop. Deal? Deal.

6. "The sun doesn't effect lupus." What the *$@#? Not only is it well known that the sun can trigger lupus flares, being allergic to the sun is one of the ways lupus is diagnosed in the first place!

5. "You're just trying to get out of school/practice/etc." Right. Because I would choose a life-threatening disease over going to class any time. And I would totally sign up for a sport and then fake multiple injuries so I would not participate in it. Really? (If I ever find the coach who told me I was faking my joint pain I'm going to give her a piece of my mind. Preferably with a blunt object).

4. "You're too young for lupus." Go. Read. The. Scientific. Literature. Lupus can hit anyone at any age. If you don't know this you should hand in your medical degree. Don't let the door hit you on your way out, ex-doc.

3. "Everything looks fine." Great. So why am I here? I don't pay 20% co-pays for the hell of it. If I'm here, it's probably because something is not, in fact, fine, and it's your job to listen to me, not just look at my blood test results.

2. "You look perky." Really? Perky? I had one doc who said this every time he walked into the exam room until I let him know exactly what I thought of that particular phrase. I am a lupus patient, not a lingerie advertisement, thankyouverymuch.

1. "Your painkillers are making the pain worse." Say that again, will you? And this time remove your head from your posterior so you can actually hear what you're saying.

All I can say is that some physicians are walking arguments for gun control. 

1 comment:

  1. Anyone can get Lupus, but it most often affects women. Lupus is also more common in women of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent than in Caucasian women. The cause of lupus is not known. Research suggests that genes play an important role, but genes alone do not determine who gets lupus. It is likely that many factors trigger the disease.