One of the common themes on this board is dissatisfaction with our doctors. People are upset that their docs won't listen to them, won't talk to them, won't treat symptoms, won't order tests and on and on it goes. I have done my share of venting .I read two recent reports that have really impacted my thinking .
Recently I learned that life expectancy in the US ranks 42nd in the world. (you can find this by searching "life expectancy" and "US") We have always heard that our health care system is the envy of the world and second to none. Of course, some will then say it is our diet, and unhealthy habits, but shouldn't the experts help us learn what we should / shouldn't do to maintain our health? You know, public health programs focused on disease prevention.Our doctors just don't seem to take the time to talk about our current symptoms, let alone prevention.
Also, I found information that the US has the second worst newborn death rate in the modern world. Latvia is the only country that is worse than the US. The US shares the second worst ranking with Malta, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. And, the newborn death rate in the US hits minorities harder. You can find this by searching "US" "mortality rate".
This makes me think that the problems so many of us thyroid patients experience trying to find good medical help is symptomatic of bigger problems with the US health delivery system.This is a bit frightening to me.
I can't pretend that I know exactly all the causes here with this issue. Neither can I figure a solution.
What I do see and hear: I am not happy with our medical care-the treatment of patients.
On another note, I have heard those who were diagnosed/thought of as anxious/depressive and it seems, for many, should that happen to...their complaints isn't considered thoroughly. My thought is, well okay...but hey, to think that anxious/depressive are somehow immune to developing problems outside that one (if true)?
As for me, I've had a heck of a time. It could be thought by me...well, perhaps I am just dealing with "country docs" who are not informed but...this seems to be a problem no matter where you go.
I do believe there are good doctors out there but I am apt to believe they are the exception, not the rule.
My former doctors nearly killed me because they wouldn't increase my thyroid medication. By the time I found a better doctor, whom I like (finally after seeing 3 doctors), she told me I was slowly dying due to severe under treated hypothyroidism! And before that is was nearly going blind because some eye doctor missed my rare type of glaucoma! I fired them all.
I now have a team of great doctors who listen to me and don't discount my symptoms and complaints. My team includes a cardiologist, an endocrinologist, a gynecologist, a pulmonologist (sleep apnea), an ophthalmologist, and a primary care physician.
The only solution, if you can, is to keep firing your doctors until you find some good ones.