Tue Feb 24 18:17:31 2009
Do you live in MN? I'm in Stillwater, MN.
========Original Message======== Subj: Re: Hype!! Date: 2/19/2009
4:33:58 P.M. Central Standard Time From: email@example.com_
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Have you tried a Internal Medicine Doctor?
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From: _jetstamp_ (mailto:email@example.com)
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Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2009 3:20 PM
I just had my follow-up visit for a new gynecologist. Unfortunately, I
am right at this moment kicking myself for once again falling for the
This doctor was listed as a member of the International Pelvic Pain
Society. On the clinic's webpage, it said that his special interests
were pelvic pain, endometriosis, and menopause. He also was listed as a
top women's doctor for the year 2007 in a Minnesota publication.
At my first visit 3 weeks ago, he did seem to listen at length but
pretty much dismissed any ideas I had about my condition, which began in
1984 after an on-the-job injury which affected my lower right quadrant
and pelvis (the injury was never diagnosed- I still wonder about some
type of hernia or prolapse).
I also gave him a 6-page timeline beginning in 1984. Since I've had
this for so long, it is just too difficult to remember everything so I
have it on my computer and I update/edit it as needed. This helps save
me from struggling to remember stuff when preparing for an appointment
with a new doctor- of which I've had many because I have never in my
25-year history with this found anyone who took what I said at face
value and at least would do what they COULD to help me cope if nothing
else, like pain meds [besides the dreaded anti-depressants-ick!] or FMLA
papers to protect my job during flare-ups or frequent appointments. I
also gave him a copy of a CT scan and an MRI from 5 years ago- the
interpreting physician had no problem suggesting possible adhesions.
Also 2 physical therapists thought I had adhesions, probably from the
injury itself as well as subsequent surgeries. I have not been
'officially' diagnosed with adhesions- just have been given the lame,
vague names for some of my symptoms- IBS and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.
Anyway, today, I experienced the all-too-familiar 'rushed' appointment.
All he did was explain my current hormonal situtation- the beginning of
menopause, etc. which was fine. But not one word about pelvic pain or
anything relating to my most troublesome issues. I could tell he just
wanted to be done with me.
I have fallen for this 'hype-type' of thing before. I had the same kind
of experience with a urogynecologist at Mayo whose articles I had read
on PubMed. In those articles he came across as having sincere sympathy
and interest in pelvic pain and dysfunctions women often endured. He
barely gave me the time of day- we barely spoke.
I get so mad at myself for buying into this kind of advertising- 'false'
advertising. I'm wondering if I should bother to state my opinion on
RateMDs.com- I sure would like to. He has only 7 reviews, all of which
were positive alhtough 7 is not very many reviews. I have to be careful
though because somewhere in the fine print it says something to the
effect that you are held responsible for what you say so don't know how
honest I'm allowed to be.
Wish I could be like a woman who posted on the ibsgroup.org website. She
has such a low regard for doctors that she said she had not been to one
in 27 years- that was when she had her last baby.
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