It can be incredibly frustrating when a doctor doesn’t listen to your symptoms or take them seriously. As a mom, it can be even more challenging because you feel like you have no control over your medical care. But there are ways that you can take charge and get the support and care that you need and deserve. Let’s look at how to navigate this tricky situation.
Do Your Research
The first thing to do is educate yourself on your symptoms and possible diagnoses. Searching online for information is great, but make sure you are looking at reputable sources such as medical websites or organizations such as the Mayo Clinic or scientific medical studies at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
That way, you will have an understanding of what might be going on with your body and can discuss it with confidence with your doctor.
Find a New Doctor
Sometimes it's best to part ways if you are not being heard. I myself am at this stage and looking for a new doctor for myself and my family...as well as a new neurologist. (Thankfully I was lucky to be able to get in for a meet and greet in my area and will be meeting them next week.)
When your doctor refuses to hear your words it's time to leave the situation.
After a couple visits with a neurologist I felt uncomfortable and unheard. He didn't take the time to show me my MRI. He did not ask what or how my symptoms were...and since our last visit my symptons had gotten worse and my energy level took a 90% dive. His only piece of advice was to visit a web page that gave absolutely no help. I saw my gp doctor and told her I would not see this neurologist again...she encouraged me to go back. I felt like I was slapped in the face and not heard. Needless to say I have left both.
When searching for a new doctor talk to friends or family members who have had positive experiences with other doctors in the area and see if they can recommend someone who would be better suited for your needs.
Know Your Rights
It is important for all patients—especially moms—to know their rights when it comes to receiving medical care. Every patient has the right to receive respectful treatment from their healthcare provider regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or disability status; they also have the right to receive accurate information about their diagnosis and treatment options so they can make informed decisions about their health care choices. Remember that these rights are yours and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
It is crucial for all moms—and everyone else—to take charge of their medical care when necessary by doing research, finding a new doctor if needed, and understanding their rights as patients. Don’t feel like you don’t have any control over getting the care that you need; there are always steps that can be taken in order to ensure that you receive the best possible medical support from qualified professionals who understand and appreciate your unique needs as a patient. Take back control of your health today!
Up next...when a doctor in your area is accepting new patients find out what you should be asking him or her about their qualifications, experiences, specialties and what you should let them know about you and your health.