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Old 01-29-2009, 11:37 AM   #1
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bad doctors and own research

I learned from my past experiences that most doctors or dentists are pretty clueless here in US and in France (my native country).

I starting having jaw pain when I was 18 (I am now 30), I went to see an orthodontist in France and he told me that I would need braces and teeth removal. I also got my wisdom teeth removed in France (trend at that time) even if I didn't have any pain. I learned later that teeth removal (when there is no pain) is always a bad thing to your bite and your jaw alignment.

I arrived in US in 2001 and I went to see an orthodontist who also suggested 4 teeth extraction and braces. This would have made things worth as your lower jaw moves backward when you get teeth removed (this is what some tmj experts told me and what i saw online). Hopefully I didn't do that.

I continued to look online and I find out that there are some good tmj doctors out there, not many but some who understand that the human body is one unit.

I just wanted to tell you that it is very important to do your own research online and also asked people with the same problems because most doctors out there are not that good. Just remember your high school class or your college class, you know there are students with Cs and Ds all year long who make it, it is the same in medical schools, some doctors barely made it and now they are out there working on unlucky patients, there are the doctors who never try to learn new things (the ones who have the book from 1975 on how things work), the ones who never go online to do some research, the ones who never communicate with other doctors, the ones who think they are so smart. When things go wrong, they don't want to talk to you anymore.

Do your own research, take your time before starting any new procedure, ask many questions and make sure they give you clear answers, they should be able to draw you something clear on the board, not an answer like "it will work" or "don't worry, i know what i am doing".

My 2 cents...

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Old 01-29-2009, 06:55 PM   #2
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Re: bad doctors and own research

That's a very good post! Thank you!
I came to the same resolution after a lot of trial and error and trust in dentists that "they know".

You are absolutely right that students who can barely make it to graduation become "specialists" later on, and we pay the price in $ and in our health.

Old 01-30-2009, 08:01 AM   #3
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Re: bad doctors and own research

I like your post a lot. We have to think critically all the time especially when it comes to our health.

Its like that joke:

Q:What do you call the person who came last in class at medical school?
A: Doctor

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