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Mashka

385d

how do I approach a new doctor?

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    • Smeedance

      382d

      I'd say don't be afraid to shop around until you find one that fits. Also if possible figure out your criteria (if any) for the ideal doctor. Personally I prefer to see male doctors (I have an attachment disorder and know my limits with women), preferably around middle age, preferably from an English speaking background (I sometimes feel there is a empathy barrier with doctors from non-English speaking backgrounds), and must have a sense of humour. When I've moved previously I've asked for recommendations who fit that description and generally been incredibly lucky. I think having compatible personalities with your treatment team greatly improves outcomes (or at least it does in my experience). If you don't click with them and feel heard and understood don't be afraid to look elsewhere.

    • Smeedance

      382d

      I'd say don't be afraid to shop around until you find one that fits. Also if possible figure out your criteria (if any) for the ideal doctor. Personally I prefer to see male doctors (I have an attachment disorder and know my limits with women), preferably around middle age, preferably from an English speaking background (I sometimes feel there is a empathy barrier with doctors from non-English speaking backgrounds), and must have a sense of humour. When I've moved previously I've asked for recommendations who fit that description and generally been incredibly lucky. I think having compatible personalities with your treatment team greatly improves outcomes (or at least it does in my experience). If you don't click with them and feel heard and understood don't be afraid to look elsewhere.

    • Kehena

      384d

      I had a bad experience finding a new doctor so I would also like to know. My friend suggested I go in to a new doctor with a clean slate. I brought in a photo of my bladder ( he was an interstitial cystitis specialist, Dr.) he looked at my picture with my name on it and he asked me what I was trying to pull, I said I was there for help with my bladder disease, he kept accusing me of trying to pull something. I didn’t understand what was going on. Maybe the doctor was having a bad day I don’t know, but it was a terrible experience.

      • Mashka

        384d

        @Kehena that is awful! But that's one of the reasons I wanted to get some tips on seeing a new doctor. I've been through some doctors I trusted but they didn't trust me, in the end I ended up with some other health issues.

        • Kehena

          383d

          @Mashka I agree. I hope you have better luck than I’ve had.

    • RedandBlackFan

      384d

      Also I like to write down question ahead of time bc if I don’t I tend to forget while I’m there and remember when it’s over

    • RedandBlackFan

      384d

      Depending on the doctor, I like to get the paper work done ahead of time so there’s more time to kind of get to know them. I write down everything I need to mention in order of importance so I get everything accomplished with them that I need to.

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