I called my Dr bc my medication wasn't working anymore and they said ok we will call you back.. Never heard from them and then when I finally do get a hold of them she tells me she doesn't know what to do from here and is sending me to another Dr. That didn't make me feel good about what she subscribed to me to begin with now. This is the first anti-depressant I've ever been on and I just want to feel better. Should I go to another primary care Dr?
OK. This is common. Your primary care physician did what she knew from simple reading, and her one class in med school. She is referring you to a psychiatrist to get the help you need, because this doc is an expert on what you really need.
Please don't be frustrated. Your doc did what she was supposed to do; do what she knows until she does not know any more and then refer you.
If you had an ankle problem she would treat it like a sprain, if it did not heal the way a sprain should heal, she would send you to the expert, the orthopedist. That is what she has done this time.
I would say your doctor is better than most PCPs. Many will keep trying things they know nothing about and actually cause you harm. You have a good PCP. She knows his limits. That is so much better than most.
Good Luck and hang in there,
I agree. I think it admirable that your Dr admitted to you that this is beyond his/her scope of expertise!! They are being honest with you and also, this is quite a normal procedure or protochol, whatever you want to call it. They treated you with a broad antidepressant and since that didnt work, they are now sending you to a specialist. This IS the way medical practise should work! Not many primary care Drs specialize in psychiatry. You need to see a specialist who treats depression and other mental issues and that is a psychiatrist. Psychiatry is a very specialized type of practice and requires special knowledge and training that PCPs just dont get. You are not going to get what you need from another PCP. Medication is a tool, one tool in the arsenal of psychiatry. You may also need counseling to get full benefits.
Medication helps to regulate the brain chemistry but often counseling is needed to help you learn the proper coping mechanisms and to get to the bottom of why you feel the way you do. Never discount the power of good counselling. Sometimes it is even more helpful than medication but only a psychiatrist will be able to tell what you need!
Hello 1226. Not certain of the term "Dr bc". Your doctor(s) works within the knowledge/borders that she/he has. If this is the first anti-depressant that you have been prescribed, it might more often than not not be the last one. Trial and error. It is the equation, formula for any of the diagnosis of any illness, treatment that might follow. Regards pledge
Hi 1226, Just wanted you to know when talking to my internist, and then my psychiatrist that GP's, internists, etc., prescribe low doses of antidepressants because of the very reasons stated above. It is the psychiatrists specialty that helps people more than your regular doctor. I know that it is a pain, and expensive to have to see more than one doctor, but if you realize how complicated the human body is, you would be grateful that your doctor realizes her limitations. I have found through the years, (more than I care to admit), that the best doctors don't try and be a "jack of all trades", because then they become a "master of NONE". So, don't get angry at your doctor for trying to help you as best as she can.
Best wishes to you, and I hope that you are feeling better soon!
OK-if U go 2 another doctor, that doctor will have to start all over again, and that doctor might not be as good or honest as your current doctor-Believe me-while you are going through this, you want a good primary care doctor that knows you. My Achilles tendons went out, my PC looked at them, knew my temperament, and referred me to a podiatrist, so I could get care quicker than with an orthopedist. He told me that cortisone shots would help. Both of us found out that cortisone shots often creates scar tissue that makes the problem worse, and physical therapy with ultra sound and electric stimulation can help a lot. Now, when my legs bother me, and he knows my temperament-I didn't say anything about cortisone shots-he write the referral for PT. He also is able to help other patients, because he's more knowledgeable. "bc" means because.
Thank you guys for all the help I really do appreciate it.. I don't think I was mad at my Dr at all just frustrated period earlier and when she told me she couldn't help me I felt like I was gonna cry honestly because now I have to wait even longer for help. She's actually one of the best Dr's I've ever had. I know there's no miracle drug out there and I actually do think I would benefit from counseling. I have a lot of childhood issues that I haven't dealt with.
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