Sep 23, 2009

Doctor's Appointment---TOTALLY PISSED!

(Some TMI regarding medical don't read if you don't want to know).

I went to see Dr. Greenspoon today about chronic constipation and occasional diarrhea, as well as vertigo. I waited for a full 45 minutes before I saw him.

The constipation I suffer from has gotten WORSE AND WORSE, to the point of being painful. And when I CAN go I have diarrhea or very painful bowel movements. I also end up with some blood (not pouring, but enough) on the wiping paper, as well as mucous. I used to have a BIT of blood, but figured it was just from the painful bowel movement.

Well, my pain specialist can't send me to another specialist to get this looked at. So he told me to go see my family doctor. So I did.

Dr. Greenspoon was TEXT MESSAGING on his cell phone the ENTIRE time, and had to ask me to repeat what I said twice because he was too busy texting.

He said I have IBS and don't require tests to confirm it ( why did my specialist make me go see him?). He told me to just use Metamucil. I explained that I have, and it only makes me bloated and in more pain and does not help me have bowel movements. He didn't reply because he was busy text messaging.

He dismissed the the rectal bleeding and mucous from my rectum during bowel movements, telling me to call if it got worse (why would I go see a doctor if it hadn't gotten worse?).

For my vertigo he told me to GOOGLE "Benign Postural Vertigo" to find exercises to help.

Well, gee, I could have saved 1 1/2 hours of my day and just GOOGLED my symptoms. Which I did, and discovered it is a SYMPTOM of other problems, and it could be a symptom of many diseases. So that's great.

Tomorrow I'm calling ODSP (about finding a new physician), my specialist (to say "What the fuck????"), and the College of Physicians (to complain).


But on a happy side, I got my package from RUE AND HYSSOP! I'll post about it tomorrow when I feel less like ripping someone's head off.


Blue Moon said...

OMG and WTF ??? I guess his parents never taught him how stinking rude it is to be involved in something else while someone is talking to you - never mind the fact that he is your DOCTOR! and is supposed to CARE about how you FEEL! Holy crap. I am NOT a feminist - I like men, and think that even they have a purpose - so don't take this the wrong way - but have you ever tried a womans health center ? They are called something different in different states, so I'm not sure how to describe it for you - but even if you had to start with a Gyno - I always go to FEMALE doctors. Just seems that kind of "service" is better provided by people who can think with their hearts and their heads. Do you ever do yoga or chiropractic care ? Something is out of wack - could be as simple as a couple pinched nerves inthe spine - but - skip the texting quack - thats just plain disrepectful!

Magaly Guerrero said...

What a ASS! You know, you should Canadian and write a letter to someone about this CRAP (no pun intended, I swear!) I can't believe he was TEXTING during a consult. I know that you are not going to worry about him anymore, but think about the next person who comes and see him. That idiot with a medical license needs to have his ASS handed to him!

Hope things are getting better. Have you try anything natural? Herbal? Exercise...?

Blessings dear.

Bridgett said...

This fellow needs to be reported. Seriously. What a raging, unprofessional asshole.

If you'd like, I can help you with this. I have TONS of experience, first as an RN and second as the mom of a child with autism who has chronic bowel issues, very similar to yours.

BTW, it's NOT IBS.

Zap me an e-mail when you have a free minute and I can help you through all this.


JC said...

I wondered what that noise was next door!! I thought maybe you got a dog too!! ;o)

Just teasin' ya!

How long has this Cracker Jack been your family doctor?? He sounds like a dumb ass. There's nothing wrong with getting a second opinion. I wish you lots of luck!


Mother's Moon's Message said...

so sorry to hear you are not feeling well, but more sorry that you had to endure such a quack when you finally were able to see a dr... dont even get me started on drs.... I totally dislike people who are in roles such as doctors (lawyers, etc) of service and they totally ignore the one hey are suppose to serve. I do hope you are feeling better andare able to give him what he has coming....

Anonymous said...

OMG what a complete moron, jees and I thought my doctors were crap! Well, they are, mine do the same thing, too preoccupied with other things to pay you any attention.

I would seriously be ripping someones head off about this though, infact it would be his, do it I dare you....Hope you get to the bottom of it though and that you find a decent doctor in the process xxxx

Rue said...

Definitely write the letter - complain all over the damn place. We are told that we are stuck with sub-par doctors because our medical system pays for them - but that's just BS! You have every right to good medical care! What a jerk!

Glad you got the package!

Anna said...

texting the whole time? WTF???

Aelwyn said...

BlueMoon: I went to a "women's health center", and the doctor there was WORSE than my current doctor, which is why I went back to him. My gyne is a female and she is AWESOME. So I see her and ONLY her for gynecological issues.

Magaly: I called ODSP (Disability), and they can't do anything except tell me to look for a new doctor (though they were suitably horrified). I called my specialist's office and his receptionist is HORRIFIED, but only recommended that I demand being sent to a specialist. So I made an appointment with their Nurse Practitioner who is much smarter (she was the one who sent me to my awesome gynecologist). Oct. we'll see. Herbally, I have to be REALLY careful, because of the amount of medication I'm on. I've been on laxatives and stool softeners that just bloated me and made me in more pain. Even eating more soluble fibre doesn't do anything. Blah.

Boo: Will be emailing you today. As soon as I find a new family doctor, I WILL be reporting him!

JC: LOL!!!!! :P He's been mine off an on since I was a wee thing, and my parents' since I was a wee thing. I've gone to other doctors, but they're even worse. I have great specialists, I just need a good family doctor!

Mother's Moon: Thank you so much!

Pixie: My sister is going to rip him a new one when she goes to see him next. She's far more vicious than I am. Me? I'm hot footing the asshole.

Rue: As soon as I find a new doctor, I'm making an official complaint. My mother's worried it will affect his care with her, my dad and my sister. I say "blah"....I don't really care. I'm SICK AND TIRED of his shitty care. Period. And yes, shitty ass doctors! They think they can do whatever they want because it's government run, and most people won't complain. I don't even care if I have to drive to Burlington to get a new doctor!


Rayden Darklighter said...

I'm sorry to hear about your trouble with doctors, trust me, you don't want to get me started on them, although come to think of it, I may post about it.

Check out my blog, I have something there that will cheer you up, an award!

D.Suplicki said...

Wow, that an unprofessional asshole. I can't believe he was involved in another conversation while you were in his office... especially via text message!!

I agree with everyone above and your decision to report him, it sounds like his performance can't get much more abysmal so your mom has nothing to worry about as far as retaliation is concerned. Geez.

Healing energy and big hugs your way my dear, I hope you get this mess sorted out soon.

willow said...

my dear you should have grabbed the phone out of his hand and chucked it out the door! The man is an ass and deserves to get the crap(sorry) that is coming his way!

My boyfriends doctor just passed away and the medical center she was in sent him a letter with three doctor's on it...i will see if i can hunt it down for you..(we are in burlington)

lastly i don't know if this will help but when I am feeling 'backed up' I go for the following...Shredded Wheat (the giant ones cuz they are fun), any kind of Cheerios I find that honey nut works the best for some reason followed closely by the multigrain one which is awesome. and lastly coffee. I am a tea drinker myself but coffee seems to do the trick for me. Hope this helps...will see what i can do about that paper.

feel better soon!
love and light

Stuff On My Blog said...

"He dismissed the the rectal bleeding " I think I would have to 'dismiss' his bill when it came through, and/or contact my insurance company to do the same! Unreal.. hope you find a way to manage the symptoms, it sounds miserable and inconvenient to say the least!

Anonymous said...

I had exactly your same symptoms. I had test after test (endoscopy, colonoscopy, etc. etc.) My GI doc finally ordered a test called "hydrogen breath test". It turns out I tested postive for "small intestinal bacterial overgrowth" or SIBO. I took Flagyl for five days, and my symptoms are gone! I am now taking massive doses of probiotics and I am feeling almost 100%. I hope you can convince your jerk of a doctor to run the hydrogen breath test. Incidently, alot of people who have been "diagnosed" with IBS actually have SIBO. Good luck to you!

Anonymous said...

Just needed to add, I posted as anonymous because I do not have a google account, and did not want to take the time to sign up, I wanted to get the info. to you ASAP. If you have any questions for me, just post, I will check back here to see how you are doing. I hope you get this resolved quickly, I feel your pain! (from the same poster of the above comment.)

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Anonymous said...

Aelwyn...I have something for you over on my blog...sorry though it seems like they all got to you first!!!
You are a popular little thing aren't you sweetheart!
Hope your "Doctor" gets what he deserves...
Boo will no doubt have a LOT to say about this...that girl knows her'll be in good hands!
See you when you're feeling better darlin'

Hyla said...

Oh no, how awful that you are going through this and how awful of the doctor for texting. I think I would have taken his phone and chucked it in the garbage and told him to listen. He should definitely NOT being getting paid for that visit.


P.S. Dont forget today is Bloggest Loser Update Day!

Bridgett said...

Hi doll. I just e-mailed you. Hopefully I didn't send it to the wrong address. LOL

Of course, I just realized I forgot information. Grrr.

I'll send you another e-mail shortly. :)

BTW, I apologize in advance. I just had so many things to tell you, I rambled a bit.

Off to send you a second e-mail.


p.s. It's jerks like your doc that caused me to leave the medical profession and start treating my problems myself, naturally.

Haunted Swamp Designs said...

Don't you ever go back to that doctor again!
Best go have your insides looked at missy!
It's not bad....I didn't remember a thing( I was out cold).

Witch Baby said...

I was just making my rounds for Domestic Witch's Blog party & came acroos this post. OMG - please see a different doctor immediately, that is exactly what happened to my mom & when she finally got a dr that would listen to her, she was scheduled for a colonoscopy & it came back that she has colon cancer. But due to the fact that I fought with the dr's constantly, we caught it soon enough.

Emma said...

I am so sorry! I hope things have worked out better. I have fibro and an autoimmune condition and I get so sick of doctors not helping when they should. I am sending you good thoughts!

Hopefully October brings you some good health and fun times with Samhain!!!

Sage Moonstone said...

You could always try milk of magnesia - maybe a teaspoon in the morning and one at night (otherwise too much can give you more loose stools..)

You can also just use magnesium - it also helps with a lot of other health concerns!

Hope you feel better soon~

AwtemNymf said...

Wow- how rude of the doctor. I'd take my business and time somewhere else if that is the way they want to treat their patients. I'm sorry you experienced that! You deserved better!
Hope you can get some remedy that will help you with your IBS and vertigo!
Blessings and Peace!

Robin said...

This horrible! You need to see another doctor and that doctor needs to be removed from practice.

I hope you do find a better doctor and I hope you do follow up and complain to authorities.

I also hope you are having a beautiful weekend.

Happy October Blog Party!

kim said...

That is just mean.

I was diagnosed with IBS years ago. But I was also TESTED! Yes, my docotr told me to use Metamucil, but that was in conjunction with my prescibed medication, more water, and instructions to keep an eye out for triggers. I was on 3medications. 2 daily and 1 for "if you don't think you'll make it to the bathroom" pill. (He gav me 6 and I used 2 in a year).

I am so sorry you had to go through this. It is bad enough to have IBS but to have a jerk for a doctor. I just can't get over the he was TEXTING the whole time?! WTFWTFWTF!?!?!?!?

Hugs and Blessed be

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