I accompanied Sam to his appointment. His doctor was not concerned about the full-body problem which was disrupting both of our lives. He talked extremely slowly, almost as if he was impaired… and asked Sam questions about his minor long-standing symptoms — the ones that were not even troublesome. Forty-five minutes into the appointment, he called me out for interrupting him and made a “shh” sign. It felt confrontational, after all, we pay $350 per hour and I was just trying to get him to focus on the unpleasant symptoms, not an incidental finding on the latest lab. This was a serious drug-induced reaction needing immediate intervention, yet he outright refused to discontinue the antibiotic because that would “introduce a new variable.” And likewise, I resisted introducing the variable of my shoe to his forehead! Just how long should you watch your loved one suffer before you fight with the doctor?
Have you ever known a physician who:
– Showed little or no compassion
– Refused to listen or take your detailed history
– Did not fully grasp the gravity of your condition or what awful thoughts run through your head when you are home alone, feeling isolated or in pain
– Charged you way too much for the benefit you received
You’ve been there, haven’t you?
After an hour of dilly-dallying, I was a little mentally out of control, so I decided to speak and I presented reasonable suggestions and solutions (though he disagreed). Sam meekly appealed but he was worn out and sleep-deprived and besides, drug reactions are my expertise, not his. I stopped biting my lip, and this slipped out,
For what we pay, it would be great if you actually LISTENED to your patient and had a NICER bedside manner!
Infuriated with his obstinance, I walked out in a huff. I looked up his physician reviews for fun that night, and most were horrible. Note to self, read those before you just go to a docotr. They are not gospel, but they DO give you a glimpse into someone else’s experience. I posted my own review for him too.
Just FYI, the “restless” limb problem may occur with any antibiotic protocol, and it’s sometimes part of a Herxheimer reaction. It’s associated with various neurotransmitter and nutrient deficiencies. Thankfully, it was addressed by another compassionate, Functional Medicine physician and she is both brilliant and merciful.
When you kill germs (bugs) with antibiotics, you have to clean up an hour afterwards. It’s like wringing out a sponge, kill the bugs, wring out the dead bug parts and “excitoxins.” To accomplish this, doctors sometimes prescribe cholestyramine powder, or natural binders like clay which are taken one or two hours after your antibiotic. Some binders and supplements reduce your toxic load of glutamate, ammonia and quinolinic acid, which are three excitotoxic compounds that are unleashed with antibiotic use. You want to reduce those. They can make your brain buzz, or limbs vibrate, or induce restless legs, seizures, clusters, migraines, fasciculations and severe insomnia. Now, it’s time for you to stop suffering. Speak up for yourself and don’t accept the “wait and see” attitude. If you happen to have akathisias or restless legs syndrome, CLICK HERE to read that article.
Fight for yourself, or your loved one, and if you want, bring along a pit bull like me 😉
Suzy Cohen, has been a licensed pharmacist for over 30 years and believes the best approach to chronic illness is a combination of natural medicine and conventional. She founded her own dietary supplement company specializing in custom-formulas, some of which have patents. With a special focus on functional medicine, thyroid health and drug nutrient depletion, Suzy is the author of several related books including Thyroid Healthy, Drug Muggers, Diabetes Without Drugs, and a nationally syndicated column.