What goes on in the mind of your doctor?


A doctor is someone who you would be scared to visit but would love to keep in contact with incase you ever need his/her assistance. You would pray that he/she be understanding, easy to talk to, not at all judgmental and highly sympathetic of your condition.

We all have many different experiences with a doctor and more so various experiences with the same doctor as well. Why is that so? Why are doctors so hard to talk to? Why can’t we have a simple conversation with them?

So the other day a girls head was spinning in the office, she is on good terms with one of the in-house doctors and on confiding in the doctor she not only got an extra 360 degree spin but was more confused than she was before, this is how their conversation went:

Maddy: am famished today, my stomach hurts…
Dr: stomach? .. you mean tummy?…lower abdomen?
Maddy: No just .. I don’t know I don’t feel good
Dr: Nausea? Cramp? Vertigo? Vomit?
Maddy: only cramps.. tummy lower area
Dr: Dysuria? Urinary Frequency and urgency?
Maddy: umm.. no ..now my head hurts too
Dr: got your blood pressure checked lately?
Maddy: .. no.. I need food

Doctors have it inbuilt to analyze every symptom and present a diagnosis, this ability makes them hard to talk too. A simple hunger pang can become a matter of low blood pressure and urgency for blood sugar tests. But keeping all this at a side, let’s see what goes on in the mind of doctors.

While we being on the patient side may think of doctors as super natural aliens who hold in their head the key to our health, but a doctor is almost always apprehensive about what might work with a certain patient. The moment a patient gets in front of a doctor, doctors brains starts analyzing the body language, facial expressions and in the start 18 to 30 sec a doctor makes a whole prescription about what the patients is suffering from and which medication or practice will help benefit them.

“Patients these days come with a made up mind as to what they are suffering from, they pin point the same symptoms that google told them and they listen to ques in the conversation that can confirm their own personal analysis, sometimes it does stand true but in most cases the true symptoms are over shadowed by their own personal diagnosis. It gets slightly irritating to compel them into knowing what actually the case is because only by making them accept the true diagnosis can the treatment be started” Dr Aymen Badar, IHS

Following are various doctor’s testimonials regarding what goes on in their minds:

“It’s frustrating when people don’t know what [symptoms] are important or not, so they go on and on. My 15 minutes is taken up by stuff that doesn’t matter. Or they’re worried about a scary symptom but delay bringing it up. Then, as I’m leaving, they say, ‘By the way, I have chest pains.’ What?!” —Lisa Smirnow, DO

“When a patient asks about an unstudied supplement, I think, You’ll pay $100 for this unproven ‘natural supplement’ but not $4 for the scientifically proven drug I recommended? From what medical school did the health food store clerk get his degree?” —David Broyles, DO

“When I was new and patients didn’t take my advice, I would be like, ‘Why are you even seeing me?’ I’m still a little irritated, but I’ll try to probe what’s really going on. Maybe there’s a financial reason, or they didn’t understand directions. Sometimes patients won’t want to be helped until after a heart attack or a stroke. In a few cases, it may never happen. It’s been part of my maturation as a physician to feel comfortable with that.” —Kenneth Lin, MD, MPH

“I know the old joke that dentists like to inflict pain, but I hate it. I spend a lot of time telling patients to let me know when they feel they need a break or additional anesthetic. I think about those patients quite a while after the procedure.” —Colleen DeLacy, DDS

“Here’s how I react whenever a new patient tells me, ‘Every other doctor said that this was all in my head.’ On a bad day, I might think, This patient has a million complaints, and I am never going to figure out what’s really wrong. On a good one, I will see it as a therapeutic challenge. Most days are good days.” —Kenneth Lin, MD, MPH

It’s always advised to patients to speak about their symptoms, they are probed and asked various questions about what according to them is the problem but it should always be kept in consideration that when you visit a certain doctor than you are putting your trust in them. Give them the opportunity as well as time to diagnose and do listen to the treatment they offer. If you have doubts about any medication or observation than speak up but know that the doctor have you best interests in their hearts and would not deliberately hurt you in any way possible. So have faith and trust!

Doctor testimonials adopted from : http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/doctors-really-thinking/

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