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Kazjo asked me to share about my experience with my ex-gyn. I hope this helps. Two years ago, I was referred by a GP to a female gyn exactly my age (now 47). I liked her at the first visit, but we were dealing with a specific situation that led to laparoscopic surgery and all exams and testing were specific to that. The surgery went okay, but she and her staff made mistakes with my post-op prescriptions, leave paperwork for my employer, and other details. Still, I liked her enough to go back for checkups.
Last year, I had trouble with new symptoms and went to her to request lab work. She ordered it, but when it came back, I got three separate interpretations from her and two of her nurses after another round of follow-up testing. I took the results to my GI doctor since the testing was about vitamin levels and he interpreted it for me correctly and answered my questions.
I started looking for a new gyn but unfortunately had to visit her one more time for a possible infection. I decided to try to talk with her about my peri symptoms and concerns. She responded with a hostile, dismissive tone, saying that these are just “normal” things and telling me that I need a psychiatrist and medication. However, I want help with these physical symptoms. I know from having had a chronic illness for 22 years that getting help with the physical will help me emotionally to feel better, knowing that I am supported.
The good news is that I have finally chosen a new gyn and am setting up an appointment. I chose a highly respected male doctor, coincidentally also my age, who is one of the top practitioners in his field in our community. A good friend who is one of his patients recommends him highly. I am hopeful that things will go well.
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