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Doctors have no heart

I went to get bloodwork done this week and I needed to fast for 12 hours. That is all the doctor told me. I got to the place to do my labs at 9:30am and they turned me away after waiting 20 minutes because one of the things I was testing needed to be done at 8…but no one told me so I had to come back the next day. They said to come back at 7 or 8am which means having an early dinner and fasting again. Not eating on schedule always gives me a migraine. So I had a guaranteed migraine for the next day AGAIN. I went in at 7:30 and they made me wait until 8:10. I had not eaten in 13 hours. I was so lightheaded, irritable and had a full blown migraine. To find a reason or cure for my headaches, I had to deal with people with no compassion for them.

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Comments

  • KaciMo
    4 years ago

    Sarah,
    I’ve had terrible experiences with doctors in the 11 years I’ve had migraines. A couple years ago I finally found a headache specialist, and it has made a WORLD of a difference. He and his staff are so much more attentive to my needs as a migraineur, even having the lights off in the exam room when I went in yesterday. I would encourage you to find a headache specialist, even if you have to make a trek to see him/her. It’s worth it.

  • Luna
    4 years ago

    No matter what doctor or staff one has to deal with they will not know what your needs are. It is up to us to talk to the lab or whatever testing facility and find out all the particulars and state to them what your needs are. It is super frustrating but that is how the world works.

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    Sarah,
    I sometimes find that there is a huge disconnect between the doctor and the staff. The doctor doesn’t worry about the logistics or thinks about how a test and fasting is going to impact you. And the front desk staff who just gets an order to schedule an appointment for you often doesn’t realize the underlying issues and doesn’t always give you all the info you need to know. It’s super frustrating.

    I hope you’ve recovered and Jenn’s suggestion on finding a new doc is a good one.

    Best wishes!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

  • Jenn Lebowitz
    4 years ago

    Hi Sarah-

    I’m so sorry to hear about your bad experience! It sounds really frustrating. I thought you might find these two articles useful, if you are considering looking for new doctors:
    (1) http://migraine.com/blog/is-it-time-for-a-new-migraine-doctor/ and
    (2) http://migraine.com/blog/healthcare-providers-turn-to-for-help/

    Wishing you the best. Please do feel free to keep us posted.

    Warmly,

    Jenn (Community Manager, Migraine.com)

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