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How Do You Get Your Doctor To Listen?

How Do You Get Your Doctor To Listen?

I was wondering how everyone here communicates to their doctor when you are confident that treatment is not working? Or how do you get your doctor or nurse to listen to what you are saying concerning symptoms, making sure they understand how serious this is to you?
I am seeing my nurse tomorrow to talk about the symptoms I have been having from the Nexplanon implant. I feel like going through two large sized bottles of tylenol and advil isn't normal in a month's time!

A MyEndometriosisTeam Member said:

I feel like it is very hit or miss. I've had many doctors that no matter how persistent I was, they didn't seem to care or understand that I was serious. Thankfully, the doctor I have now listens to everything I have to say and cares about the side effects I've gone through. She just has to walk into the room and take a look at how I am sitting to know whether or not I'm in pain. That being said, I am a huge advocate for myself. When I felt like I was getting nowhere or I wanted my doctor to understand just how often I was having issues, I kept track of everything in a daily pain management journal, and brought all 30+ pages to the appointment so we could review it. I hope your appointment went well!

posted almost 4 years ago
A MyEndometriosisTeam Member said:

I went through many drs and i can be very persistant, especially when i am in pain. Ive also learned to be my own advocate. I am very fortunate that for the past 6 years i have an amazing dr. She listens and does everything possible to make sure i am well and taken care.of when needed. I am not one to cry, but this dr has seen me at my worst and everytime i see her the first thing she does is give me a hug. I dont really have a straight solid answer on how to get a dr to listen. I think unfortunately its more a matter of finding a dr that trully knows and understands what endo is. Then they r willing to help.

posted almost 4 years ago
A MyEndometriosisTeam Member said:

I'm with u too. I've seen 4 different doctors within the last 4yrs. And can't seem to find one that cares or listen. Had my right ovary removed in 2013 because of damage from a 7cm cyst that would not go away. I can't take birth control because of chronic migraines. After I had my son in 2014 my menstrual cycles were so very heavy and would last 7 to 15 days. Very painful cramps and couldn't care for my kids. I was admitted to the hospital because I bleed for 6 1/2 weeks straight.

posted almost 4 years ago
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