Why don't doctors listen PROPERLY?

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Nearly a year ago I was quite healthy and then out of the blue I suddenly had a terrible pain in my stomach / abdomen which went on and on after eating some raw cloves of garlic. The doctor insisted I had ulcers and gafve me ppis. They helped. From this he deduced he had got it right.

After months it went and I stopped taking them. Then one day I had some probiotic capsules and the following day BAM that terrible stomach was there again and in absolute agony for over a month. The doctor said oh dear you must have a hiatus hernia. I pointed out to her that I also found my ears got blocked, and headaches, stuffed nose and it seemed more like acid reflux to me. She ignored me. I was sent for an endoscopy which I had today. The doctor who did it asked me about my symptoms and ignored everything I said except for the bit about the stomach aches.

She then said there was no hernia or ulcer etc so it it is probably gallstones. Gallstones do not give you headaches, blocked ears, blocked runny nose! Nor do they suddenly come on after taking some biotic capsules!

Why don't they listen properly?

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    Sadly I think most doctors want to fit patients into a neat diagnosis so ignore all symptoms that don't fit into that idea. I also find they have little curiosity about illness. All very frustrating!
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      Yes flowersgirl I agree. And they are quick to say well it is not one of the blue things so it must be a green thing or a yellow thing, when they have very little knowledge of green and yellow things. But I found it very frustrating when I was sitting in the waiting room with other patients who were waiting for their endoscopy. None of them had done any research into their illnesses or symptoms and then when I go in they talk to me as if I am equally dumb and unknowledgeable. I cannot understand why people do not bother to research their health problems. They would probably put more effort into choosing a weekend away or which restaurant to go to for an evening out.

      Yet their health is far more important. They totally trust the doctor which I have found to be a huge mistake.

      A few years ago I was attacked and had a badly damaged eye where the skin was all hanging down under. It was awful and weeping and I had to have my face all bandaged up. I went to accident and emergency and was told I had to go home and give it a chance to heal a bit first and then go back in a few weeks. So I did as I was told. When I went back a few weeks later they told me that it had healed too much and was now permanently damaged and they should have looked at it straight away. So there is a permanent scar there.

      Another time when I had fallen down the stairs and my wrist was in agony and getting worse every day I was told it was not fractured - yet it turned out it was.

      So I don't automatically believe everything that someone tells me just because they are a doctor or nurse.

      And of course if you go to a doctor for an endoscopy they are looking for things like damaged stomach lining or holes so they wont see things like a lack of red blood cells.

      You can tell your symptoms to anyone, something you have given a great deal of thought and research to and some bright spark will say OH MAYBE YOU ARE WRONG AND MAYBE IT IS SUCH AND SUCH after only thinking about it for two minutes and ignoring half of the symptoms. Same as the doctors.

      Some people are also far too quick to ask for the opinions of others. They say they have ibs or whatever and ask everyone else what they should or should not eat. Forgetting it is different for everyone and they have to research it and look into it, they cannot cut corners and just ask someone else and have all of the answers instantly.

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      It sounds like you've had some really bad experiences health wise so I dont blame you for feeling so frustrated by it all. Its also very difficult to challenge the views of the medical profession even when you've done research into your condition. I find it awful that you have to leave out certain symptoms when talking to a doc because you know that's all they'll hear. Like mention diarrhoea and they just think ibs and fit all other symptoms into that box.
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