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is it just me or do doctors totally dismiss anything you have to say? "Oh, I see you have been looking this up on the internet!"

Wed. Aug 29, 4:46pm

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It's a hard interaction to figure out. Visits are short in time and number, yet they are important. I try and not overwhelm them information or be overwhelmed by them with information. In terms of internet info, I generally do not trust everything I read. Especially for medical stuff you want to make sure you have a reliable source. I would try starting the conversation by asking for their recommondation for good, trustworthy internet sites to use.

However if your gut instinct is telling you that are really not comfortable talking to them then you need to find a new doctor. Not all personalities mesh and that applies to the doctor-patient relationship in a big way.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 6:17 PM

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Especially if you live in smaller town with only one doctor who's a general practicitioner, your doctor may not always know what they're talking about. Go with your gut feeling, if you're not sure if they're giving you what you need, find someone else. I ended up driving 1.5 hours to another doctor because mine told me nothing was wrong....but he was wrong, there was an infection! You know your body better than anyone - although doctors still know a lot more than you! And like the above poster, don't always trust the internet....

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 7:09 PM

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If I feel like my doctor doesn't get me or isn't really listening to what I'm telling them . . .it's time for a new doctor!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 10:27 PM

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as a medical student, i was really interested in reading this thread. if you're doctor genuinely doesn't listen (which I've seen), the above posters are right - you need a new one!

However, it is impossible for us to keep up on every internet article about something new. If you bring a copy for us to look over during your visit, that makes things go a lot easier. My opinion is that medicine is a combination of your preferences and my ability to do what I can medically for you....not just the dr being the boss/know it all.

i agree - if it's yourself or your kids - you know best and don't let them talk you out of something that you are concerned about.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 9:50 AM

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they probably hear all day long from people who have nothing better to do than watch tv, hear about some new affliction, check out the internet and then call the doctor with panicked ideas about what they might be suffering from. many people prefer the idea of having something legitimately, medically wrong with them rather than the notion of just being lazy or tired or disorganized, or stressed or whatever. it takes the "heat" off, so to speak. and they also dispense adivce all day long that patients disregard because of something they may have read or heard elsewhere. it's gotta be frustrating to be ignored and told how to do your job by people who take up time that you could spend with actual sick people who will follow directions that they came to you for in the first place.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 10:00 AM

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