Is It Time To Change Your Physician? Have You Done Your Part?
Hello friends and welcome back! I know I have been doing a lot of chronic illness posts lately but I promise there are some good Lifestyle posts to come. Be patient with me!
I’m in a lot of groups for people with UC, IBD or a chronic illness in general and I’ve seemed to notice a trend lately: People are unhappy with their physicians! In a previous post I wrote (of course I can’t remember/find which), I explained that you are not tied to your physician. You can change doctors.
I’ll put it into perspective for you: If you get your hair done three times with the same stylist, each time is worse than the last, would you not stop going? Why should your physician be any different? They are providing a service to you; a service in which they are paid for, it is their job. If they are not doing their job to your satisfaction, what makes you think you have to come back?
You may think you know where this article is going by now, but hold tight.
Although I am a firm believer in ceasing treatment with any physician you are uncomfortable with, the purpose of this article is quite the opposite. This is more of a relationship post.
Is It Time to Change Your MD?
When you hear the word “relationship,” what is the first thing that comes to your mind? A significant other? Spouse?
Google defines a relationship as: “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.” So in this instance, the way two people are connected.
A relationship with your physician is, in many ways, like a relationship with your significant other. It’s easy to forget but physicians are people too. The relationship takes work. – Imagine walking up to a stranger and explaining your diagnosis to them, continued by what your concerns are and your latest symptoms. They may not react the way you anticipated. Why? Simply because they’re human. There are approximately 7.5 billion people in this world at this moment (I am typing this), and that number changes every second. No two people are exactly alike. In order to have a relationship with anyone it is going to take work.
Before changing doctors consider a few things:
1. Have you expressed concern to your physician?
2. Is the issue you have with your physician something that can be fixed?
3. Can your physician accept constructive criticism?
Communication is a key component in any relationship. Before changing from a good physician that you’re comfortable with be sure you’ve done your part in contributing to the health of the relationship. Be sure to try.
As always, thanks for reading. Before you go:
Have you ever changed physicians? Do you have a process before making the switch? I’d love to know! Leave your response in the comments below!