#HAWMC Day 27
#HAWMC @wegohealth What have I learned about being a #Lyme patient that surprised me
the most? Sharon Rainey
"What have I learned about being a patient that surprised me the most?
I was flabbergasted as I went through the initial process of getting the lyme diagnosis and how many
medical professionals chastised, degraded, ignored, and negated me as I asked questions to the get to the bottom of the issue.
I was shocked by how many
threw prescriptions at me and even admitted that they would not look
for the source of my pain. Rather, they would only treat me
Since we already know that Lyme disease is a major diagnosis, we know it's difficult to arrive at that diagnosis. We also know that the search strategy can get expensive to test and clarify the options in the differential diagnosis.
I once knew a physician from near Lyme, Connecticut who went into congestive heart failure when she was at a major university in North Carolina to give a medical presentatiuon (not UNC). She knew a great deal about Lyme disease (surprise) and asked the attending cardiologist if he would order a Lyme test since she lived near Lyme, CT and all her signs and symptoms could be explained by Lyme disease as the diagnosis. The cardiologist refused to order the test.
They got her heart rate controlled and flushed out lots of fluid with diuretics well enough to get her back home. On arrival, she went to the county health department, was tested for Lyme disease, which tested positive, was treated and her heart reverted to its normal rhythm and function in a few weeks. That physician knew some of the frustration that Ms. Rainey felt, but she was A PHYSICIAN BEING DISSED BY HER OWN COLLEAGUES. Very pathetic, indeed.
Ms. Rainey wisely kept going until she found physicians who would partner better. Congratulations, Ms. Rainey on your wisdom.
It's true, though, that on our bad days, all physicians or patients may not connect well. Follow up visits may be needed to best clarify how the relationship may serve the dyad of patient and physician. Terminating the relationship sometimes is necessary, as in the case of Ms. Rainey and my friend from CT.