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Do doctors correctly diagnose food allergies and sensitivities?

I thought I'd start a separate thread on this subject. Another woman said that her daughter had suffered for years. After years of going to doctors, giving money to them (and the drug companies) all she showed for it was thousands of dollars and hundreds of scars.

The exact same thing happened to me. I went to one of the best dermatologists on Park Avenue, and all he did for me was throw an endless series of perscriptions my way. He made it clear that he was the authority, he barked instructions like he new everything. He did not, and never once asked me the question "so what is your diet like."

I don't think there is a conspiracy, but the next effect is ten minute medicine, where you go in, the doctor throws a perscription or two at you, and you are on your way.

I think we rely WAY too much on pharma, and from what I understand, pharma has a huge role in the education of doctors.

Mon. Nov 12, 11:42am

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doctors are totally in the pocket of the pharma industry. The reality is that they don't really have the time to really cure you. They practice "symptomatic" medicine, that focuses on treating the symptoms not the underlying cause.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 12:16 PM

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I am the person who's daughter has suffered since she was 9 months old. She started with coughing violently to the point she would vomit. This would last a few weeks, then go away. She had two surgeries by the ENT when she was 17 months old because they thought it was related to her adnoids. Once they were removed and that didn't fix it, we went on to the next specialists. Then when she 5, she started breaking out on her butt, arms and legs. Again, we sought 2 pediatric dermos and they both were so quick to prescribe her steriod creams. They didn't work. Then it was off to the pediatric asthma and allergy doc. He tested her for 40 food allergies--NONE of them came up. Our doc put her on asthma medication and when that didn't work, they put her on acid reflux medicine and that didn't work. At the end of our rope, i made a free consultation with the local osteopath. At the first appointment, he asked why no one had suggested a blood test for food allergies or done a stool sample to see how she was digesting foods. We did that and guess what, she has over 40 food allergies. We either eliminate them or make it sparatic and she is on 2 homeopathic supplements for digestion. She has been cough free and breakout free for 7 months! Her color looks great, she no longer has the puffy face from all the steroids, and she is so happy now that she can sleep and not cough!

This is why i said, Drs need to be held accountable when they can't figure something out. Why should I have to pay for 6 years worth of medicine, surgeries, testing, x-rays, visits when they never found out what was wrong. They need to have a portion of responsibility as well. And if they can't figure it out, SAY IT rather than continuing to take our money and waste our time!

Monday, November 12, 2007, 12:31 PM

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IF they said they couldn't figure out what was wrong, then it'd STILL be their fault.

And truth of the matter is, doctors are often LIMITED by money. For example, a doctor could easily send a patient out for every single possible test until SOMETHING was found. But those tests are expensive, the insurance company will only cover related tests, and patients complain and moan if they have to pay more than their normal 5-20 dollar copay.

Are the doctors supposed to do that out of their OWN pocket? No. And they shouldn't feel obligated to either.

12.31, they did those tests to TRY AND FIND OUT WHAT WAS WRONG WITH YOUR DAUGHTER. While I agree that an allergy test should have been done, perhaps the symptoms where synonymous with something else which it might just as easily have been.

So you know, steroid creams are usually used to treat problems. Doctors usually begin with the least expensive and invasive treatments before moving on to more drastic problems. You know, a rash can also be symptomatic for cancer. Would you have prefered they sent your daughter straight for biopsies of every section of her body and intensive chemotherapy?

Doctors are often left with perhaps 1-5 symptoms, like clues, and asked to put the whole picture together based on those scattered puzzle peices.

So moral of this story? STOP COMPLAINING. Go get a medical degree and see if you could do any better - but until then..shut up!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007, 1:40 PM

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Oh, and

Why should I have to pay for 6 years worth of medicine, surgeries, testing, x-rays, visits when they never found out what was wrong. They need to have a portion of responsibility as well. And if they can't figure it out, SAY IT rather than continuing to take our money and waste our time!

If you're so high and mighty, then how about you stop wasting THE DOCTOR'S time? Those doctors put time and effort into trying to help your daughter, and what you're doing now is a complete slap in their face.

Doctors don't just try ad 'cover up' symptoms like you say, but they do try and treat the symptoms. Why? Because sometimes they DON'T know what is wrong and are at least trying to help by stopping the symptoms. If a person is terminal and the doctors treat their symptoms, are they wasting that person's time because they can't cure the disease?

Monday, November 12, 2007, 1:42 PM

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1:40 how in the hell are tests done out of doctor's expenses? i work at a clinic and, sorry, you're absolutely wrong about that! Doctor's don't pay one frickin cent for tests they ask their patients to do. what's wrong with you? I have a 30% out of pocket expense plus a $2,000 deductable each year, believe me, those tests came right out of my pocket, not the doctors! come out of your closet and see the real world.

When they test for asthma and it shows she doesn't have it, DON'T F---in treat her for it! That's good medicine!

Steriods creams are used to MASK problems. The skin breaks out for some reason--they never bothered to try to figure out what that was.

If you don't like people complaining, get off this thread and shut that whole in your face....and please don't reproduce!

Monday, November 12, 2007, 1:45 PM

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1:42--my daughter is terminal you moron!

so, if you go to a salon for that perfect shade of blonde, and they don't get it right 6, 7, 8 times and then they finally get it, would you pay the full price every time they didn't get it right?

Monday, November 12, 2007, 1:47 PM

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And let's get something else straight. I agreed to pay 85% of the bills out of my pocket for my daughter's testing because it was worth it and they did provide a service, HOWEVER, why should i have to pay for the whole thing when they weren't the ones who figured it out! I don't think that's unreasonable at all.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 1:48 PM

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correction to my 1:47 post, she isn't terminal so don't compare a terminal person to my daughter.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 1:50 PM

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1,40 again

I DIDN'T SAY DOCTORS PAID FOR ANYTHING. I was responding to the complaint of " many tests....wasting my time and MONEY" that the previous poster had pulled out.

I was asking how the doctors were supposed to do the tests if no one wanted to pay for them. it would be easy for a doctor to send a patient for every single test. but insurance companies will only cover so much and patients complain if they have to pay. some people expect the doctor to pay for it. and it HAS happened. so come out of YOUR closet and learn basic reading comprehension skills.

and no, once again you prove you ignorance - steroid creams TREAT swelling of the skin and itchy, rashy skin. that's TREATING a symptom, and many times patients get that reaction for no serious reason that needs pinpointing - for example a new soap or detergent.

and i don't mind complaints. i mind EMPTY POINT YOUR FINGERS IN EVERY EFFIN DIRECTION complaints. people can't blame doctors for being imperfect.

finally, it's spelled HOLE. whole means entire. hole means crevice.

i think you're the one that needs not reproduce. the IQ of the world needs no further lowering.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 1:51 PM

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11:42- there is no conspiracy, but there are bad doctors, just like there are bad mechanics. It doesn't mean they're all bad.

Monday, November 12, 2007, 1:53 PM

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