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Feb 10, 2010 04:06PM
Wow, Alain, you must have a brilliant and knowledgeable Doctor.
Our local Dr failed to recognise my husband's burst appendix and sent him home with a diagnosis of gastric flu several times till 10 days after his first visit. Just as well the infection formed an abscess with no peritonitis or he'd be dead.
Then there was the trip to ER with chest pains when he was sent home with a misdiagnosis of heartburn when he's never had it before. They had misread the ECG. Again it was 10 days later when they admitted him with a mild heart attack which required a stent two days later after an emergency hospital transfer when hubby started deteriorating.
My youngest son was told by several Dr's that there was no such thing as Chronic fatigue and said he just didn't want to go to school. This despite my insistence that he was sicker during the long school summer break. What teenager wants to sit at home and not see his friends or go out at all? But they were deaf to it, mothers apparently know nothing. Thankfully the pediatrician was familiar with chronic fatigue so they didn't make him go to school though there is no treatment or cure and three years later he is in remission and going to art college.
My sister was admitted to hospital in the UK with extreme abdominal pain and said she thought she might be pregnant and have an ectopic pregnancy. They decided it was pelvic inflammatory disease and only on the third day when she was drifting in and out of consciousness did they operate and found she was right. With an ectopic pregnancy she could have died on day two.
So many times I've visited a lovely and well meaning Dr in the practice where they have my records on a card system and on computer and they don't even know I've had cancer in the last 6 months. Ah, so that's why you're wearing a scarf or wig... Most don't know anything about nutrition beyond the basics. I couldn't begin to type out all the minor errors which they persisted with when I pointed out the problem.
They are too busy due to the system which doesn't give them time to read patient files or take the time over a diagnosis or treatment options or to follow the latest research about nutrition. There's a lot of stress as they see their long term patients deteriorate and die. They see the painful side of illnesses that we mostly hide away from the public. They hear the sad tales of depression and disability and feel helpless when medicine is not able to help in so many cases. So many Dr's are addicted to many different drugs due to the stress.
I do understand but I also know from studies that patients who take control of their own health and nutrition have much better outcomes and less depression.
I'm lucky to have a lovely oncologist but I won't press the nutrition side of things till I feel she respects my opinion and knowledge. So far she has passed all my minor tests such as vitamin D requirements and knowing I used mushrooms and grape seed extract as natural aromatase inhibitors prior to being put on arimidex and has proven herself worthy of my further disclosure when I feel comfortable enough.
Take care and always double check your doctor's advice and treatment.
7/2/2009, ILC, 4cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 9/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-