What's the deal with Doctors?

Chase / Eng Sha_
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Pain in my throat and neck. Neck pain is to the right side moving towards the ear and shoulder. Couldn't move my neck to the right. Had throat irritation for a few months now and have been wheezing as well. Wheezing is on and off. It's been a few weeks since I have a lump between my shoulder and neck which is visible. Went to a doctor, no test nothing, doc straight up said its nothing. I have pain for a whole year. A lump and tenderness to the right side of the neck has now also started. But no explanations what so ever from the doctor on why is this happening or what that is. I went to an ENT specialist this morning as well and the guy just told me it's not his area and that is it.

Feels like doctors now a days consider themselves Gods. Atleast explain what's happening. WTF am I going to do with blank statements like, "it's not my area". What's going on? Is it because I'm not a native here or something? Or is it just docs are becoming tired of their job? What up?

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    not_larrymore
    Yea must be racism. People like you are the reason doctors BS. “It’s not my area” is the honest answer. You would rather hear something even if it’s not his area? Did you ask him “who’s area is it?” and go see that doctor?
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    • It's not just you - this crap happens with drs here all the time. Most seem to be lazy and are totally incompetent at listening to patients; since they don't listen, they can't diagnose.
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      @uber - you're right. I have noticed it too. I have also noticed that the trend here is vastly different. Instead of the doctor listening to the patient, it's the nurse who listens to the patient. Nurses in majority (as per my experience) seems be in their fun and party mode (atleast some of them) and I'm not even sure if half of what the patient says goes into their notes. I'll explain my reasons below. That half cocked info goes to the doctor, and they wake up from their sleep to come see the patient.

      Where I'm from (South East of Asia), doctor directly listens to the patient. They don't get that extra luxury of nurses. They have to be sharp and on their feet as they are passionate and may not be making this much money as the docs make here. Unlike here, docs are down to earth in South East Asian countries.

      Reasoning: I remember one nurse putting my weight as 451 accidentally. When I told her to fix it she said yeah I'll change it and then she never did as it showed on my charts.
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    • There are a lot of horrible physician assistants (that's who usually conducts patient interviews here, not actual rn.) PA have very little academic qualifications needed, therfore quality is all over the place. You'll really have to try various drs offices to find not just a good Dr, but a good team. Some chains of medical clinics are better than others. You might even consider one with a membership fee, they tend to have better customer service.
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      Not sure which chain to go to... Baylor Scott & White even though is a great hospital but sucks when it comes to providing a good Primary Care.
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    • Sorry to hear
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  • Roku cruella
    Just like lazy devs.

    It's not my bug. 🙁
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  • Cerner @BigData
    Sorry, but jumping to “native here or not”, is not going to help you.

    Which doctor did you visit, Family Medicine or Internal Medicine. Usually you can take opinion from other doctors apart from your primary.
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      Internal medicine. Going to the doctor's isn't helping either. This isn't the first time. Read my reply to one of the comments above ^
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    • Cerner @BigData
      I understand your concern and frustration and the doctor situation, and doctors trying to cover the liability.

      I would suggest spend sometime consulting other Internal Medicine Doctors. DM me if you need help, my spouse is Fellow in IM, possibly we can see what help can be offered.
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    • Uber Dkhos_
      Why is it not going to help him?
      You KNOW black people are much more likely not get pain meds for same medical issues right?
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  • Intel D’s🥜
    It kind of sounds like your describing asthma (a disorder of inflammation in the throat) and ergonomic pain (soft tissue pain/inflammation and reduced range of motion).
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      Yes difficulty of breathing due to wheezing that's correct. I thought you are connecting it to the right side pain. Also in asthma that flem creation happens. It did happened a few months back, a week and a half after my surgery I think which was restored but the cause is unknown. I was given the inhaler which was used for a couple of weeks but after that I didn't feel the need to use it. But soon after that TMJ happened and soon after that this lump situation.. I'm finding a new doc as we speak but it's very hard to find a proper PCP anywhere.

      Doctors at Baylor Scott & White have made a practice to see their patients after many months... Like if you have a problem today they will give you an appointment for next month or after 1.5 or 2 months sometimes. Atleast that's what I have noticed as trend in Dallas..
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    • Roku cruella
      Intel needs a change in career.

      Diagnosed what doctors couldn't. U have a natural talent!
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    • Intel D’s🥜
      ^You’re misconstruing my advice.

      The advice is:
      Force the doctor’s hand into evaluating your symptoms. It’s easy for a doctor to believe that you are exaggerating symptoms or talking about a one-time occurrence.

      I make this advice because I spent more than $1000 on more than 6 doctor’s visits before I found a single doctor that actually treated me. I also went through 2 MRI’s and 1 CT scan with the doctors telling me that everything is OK. The first few times, I would just describe symptoms and not explicitly guess a disease - they would tell me have a nice day and carry on. After I started guessing the disease, I got the scans I needed to eventually get treatment.

      My sister also went through a similar situation with all of the ligaments torn in a particular vertebrae after a car accident. She kept going to different doctors and got a TON of scans. Eventually, she had to drive 12 hours out of state for a surgery. She’s also in the medical field, so actually knowledgeable about the industry.
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    • Roku cruella
      I apologise. I think what u say is correct. Specially for places like Kaiser where care provider and insurer are same and hence want to minimise expenses.
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      That tells allot about doctors. I had similar experience and hence ended up in my country just for a diagnosis. If I left everything on chance it could have been worse. Doctors do need to change their attitude for sure but that ain't the biggest point for the time being.

      Good point @Intel. I took an appointment from an other doctor but now I have a week's wait. Hoping for something positive and better.. In the mean while I'm trying some anti inflammatory... Problem is the moment I leave anti inflammatory, everything goes back to its original painful self.
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  • Taylor Farms azerty_
    Did he charge for this visit?
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      Due to my trip to emergency room, all my deductibles have been met. So no, they couldn't charge me anything. But I'm sure he is going to charge heavily to the insurance company.
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    • Taylor Farms azerty_
      Sounds like a sweet deal to get doctors degree, tell patients it’s not your area and still charge insurance.
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      Money making machine!
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  • Micro Focus / Eng hellabro
    Eh I have the same experience even though I’m a native. Came in to see the doctor a few times in a lot of pain and all he said was “lol you’re probably fine dude take a Tylenol and come back in 2 weeks”. Their justification is that I’m young so there couldn’t possibly be anything wrong with me.
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      Similar story to when I had the pain of gallstones. Not sure what are they studying and not sure if there studies have been properly regulated. But it ain't seem like they are doing a good job.
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  • Uber hegemony
    It's called cover your ass
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      Seems like it.
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  • Amazon / Eng YYHb67
    Try changing doctors until you find someone helpful, if you think something is wrong you probably need help
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      Thanks.. It doesn't seem to budge. I'll try finding another PCP.
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  • Autodesk / Eng oo0o0oo0o
    Can you get a recommendation from people you know for a doctor they like & trust?
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      Yeah going to do that.
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  • Meetup svk837
    You have a to find a good primary doctor who is willing to "Project Manage" your care. They should be helping you or sending you to one/more specialists with a follow up to regroup afterwards.

    Find a primary doc within a larger health network or hospital system. This primary doctor will have better communication and ability to work with and refer you to specialists than a primary doctor in a standalone practice. They will be able to share records and test results a lot easier once everyone is on the same EMR system.

    If this isn't happening, you need to find a new primary doctor.
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    • Roku cruella
      Can u recommend one?
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    • Meetup svk837
      I’m not in OP’s area, but I’d try to get into a hospital system (maybe associated with a medical school). Primary care doctors there are going to be very plugged into the system and should be able to easily set up referrals and tests.
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    • Roku cruella
      What about in Bay area?
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      @Meetup - thank you. That's what I thought when I went to Baylor Scott and White hospital. ENT was from the hospital.
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  • Uber Dkhos_
    Try sativa for the neck pain.
    Thank me later
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    • Roku cruella
      What's sativa? Stevia?
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    • Chase / Eng Sha_
      OP
      I'm sure it's not stevia. Sativa I haven't try. I'll read up on that. Thank you
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