If you are dealing with chronic pain, you probably go to the doctor more than the average bear.
That’s why it makes sense that you might expect a little more from your doctor than you would from a physician who only sees you when it is time for your yearly physical.
So how do you know you’re getting the quality of care you deserve?
Depending on your answers to the next questions it may be time to find a new doctor.
- Do they listen?
There is no denying that doctors have some extreme time constraints, but if you don’t have a chance to voice your concerns during your visit, your doctor isn’t going to be able to help you much.
Extra points if they look at you while you are talking.
- Are they dismissive?
Do they take your concerns seriously or are they quick to write them off?
Do they blame your symptoms on your age, weight, or mental health automatically or do they do some sort of testing to see if your symptoms have a treatable cause?
- Do they refer you to others who can help?
It can be as simple as sending you for blood work or an x-ray or as complicated as referring you to a specialist.
Either way, sometimes the only thing you need for an accurate diagnosis is the right testing from someone with more specialized knowledge.
- Are they nice people?
They don’t have to treat you like a long-lost friend or anything, but at the very least your doctor should show some concern for your health.
A willingness to listen and try to get to the bottom of the issues you’re experiencing can go a long way, especially if you are dealing with something that has proven difficult to diagnose.
Being able to speak honestly with your doctor about what you’re going through and knowing that they will explain your results to you in a timely manner and in a way that you can understand is ideally what you are looking for when trying to find the right health care provider.
And if you wind up with a doctor who insults you or belittles you, ditch them as soon as you possibly can. You deserve better treatment than that, no matter what sort of health you are in.