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Unread 07-15-2007, 04:18 PM
Interviewing a new doctor for follow-up care


I'm changing doctors. I'm not happy with the gyn/onc who did my surgery. Had my surgery on 4/23, still in pain, every time I call, the dr. says, "you shouldn't be in pain", tired of that want answers instead. Dr. recommends an mri but the way he said it, felt like he didn't think anything would be found on the mri.

Any ideas, what questions do I ask the new doctor before I get examined?

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Unread 07-15-2007, 04:22 PM
Interviewing a new doctor for follow-up care

Have you spoke with your GP about what is happening? Your GP may be able to treat you if your GYN/onc is not and/or your GP should be able to refer you to another GYN or GYN/oncologist. Your GP may also have suggestions as to what type of questions to ask.

Best wishes to you!
Unread 07-15-2007, 05:19 PM
Interviewing a new doctor for follow-up care


Reg gyn referred me to this gyn/onc, told her was unhappy with this gyn/onc. Reg gyn says everyone loves him. Decided to look for one on my own but what to ask the new doctor. Have to find someone who is willing to listen and believe that I'm in pain and can respond to my concerns. This is not a normal recovery. Walking more than a block and a half brings on pain. Can't sit in a deep sofa, excruciating pain, can't do leg lifts. Definitely not normal. I'm finally able to do a sit-ups but can't do anything that involves twisting to the side if I'm on my back.

Thanks for any help.
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Unread 07-15-2007, 05:22 PM
Interviewing a new doctor for follow-up care

I would ask what the drs pattern of care is after the type of surgery you had.

1 -- what kind of pain meds does he prescribe and for how long?
2 -- restrictions after surgery
3 -- when will you be feeling normal again
4 -- how does he feel about HRT. What would he recommend for you? if applicable
5 -- is it normal to be in pain after surgery -- for how long
6 -- what would he do if a patient is still in pain after that period
7 -- how does he handle patient complaints after surgery

Take with you a copy of your surgical records and write out a list of complaints for his review. Be as through as possible when writing out the list including dates of onset, pain rating, length it lasts, how it feels.

8 -- ask him what he would advise to do with a patient in this condition. Share to him your issues with your last GYN and his plan of care.

HOPE you are feeing better soon!!
Unread 07-15-2007, 05:31 PM
Interviewing a new doctor for follow-up care

Do you have any co-workers or friend's that may have a dr that they have had good experiences with? That may be a good place to start to find a new dr.

Blue-Moon rose has very good ideas on questions to ask and what to take with you to your new dr.

Sorry you are having such a difficult time. I hope you find a caring dr that is able to answer or questions. Hugs to you.
Unread 07-15-2007, 05:55 PM
Interviewing a new doctor for follow-up care

Great question and I'm right behind you since I'm changing insurance companies due to DH's job change.

Unfortunately, I'm thinking it's going to be trial and error. But asking family, friends, etc for recommendations seem like a great place to start.
Unread 07-15-2007, 06:10 PM
Interviewing a new doctor for follow-up care


Thanks for the quick replies. First thing I asked the gyn/onc on my visit to get out my staples, how long is the pain going to last, he told me 4 weeks, on week 5, phone him, week 6 went in to see him, couldn't find anything wrong. Sent me to a ct scan, told me everything is clean but still in pain. He told me some people heal slower than others, I think I have been patient enough.

Asked him about HRT, told me that would not be good for me since my cancer is hormone related. Recommended yoga, meditation and natural remedies. I'm not a yoga/meditation type of person and the pain I'm in I couldn't do the yoga moves. I hate soy and I grew up with it. The way he spoke, its as if he didn't believe in the stuff. He's new to this hospital so I don't think he has the party line down pat. The hospital itself is very aggressive towards cancer when he recommended seeing the radiation oncologist, it was like he didn't think I should even be seeing one but he has to say it since that is the hospital's standard of treatment.

The pain meds he prescribed when I went home were not very effective. I ended up taking my vicodine I had left over from a back pain episode. The pain from this operation is different from my bikini line incision myomectomy, its more excruciating. I didn't complain that the pain meds were not effective because I felt that in four weeks I would be pain-free. My PCP knows I'm notorious for not coming in. I phone in for my refills, and get told no, I have to come in to be checked out. The PCP only sees me when I'm sick or need my thyroid and blood pressure medication refilled.

I have already taken matters into my own hands regarding the constant pain, I have gone to see a pelvic pain specialist. It has helped alot. The pain is no longer the constant grating which is a relief but I haven't gotten better, if you know what I mean. To me, healing is today I can take one step, the 2nd step is painful but I know tomorrow the 2nd step is not going to be painful but the 3rd step will be and so on.

I just don't want to find another new doctor that is the same as the current one because I know I won't be a very cooperative patient. So I need some hard questions to ask the doctors before I will allow them to touch me because right now, touching my abdominal is very difficult unless I'm extremely drugged up.

Thanks for all your help!
Unread 07-15-2007, 06:36 PM
Interviewing a new doctor for follow-up care

Hello Zippee,
I noticed that you had uterine cancer stage 1. Have you talked to a cancer doctor? Maybe something else is wrong. Maybe the pain is radiating from a different source that has nothing to do with your surgery.
About a new gyn....I went to a gyn for the first time in 15 years! She was awful (another story) and never went back! Three years later, I got the courage to find another doctor. I was in your position...couldn't think of one and then I thought back in my memory and remembered an established gyn that I knew that has been practicing 25 years. He is wonderful. Maybe try someone who has been the doctor referral place in or near your hometown.
Unread 07-15-2007, 06:50 PM
Interviewing a new doctor for follow-up care

Hi Tansie,

My reg gyn didn't want to do the surgery because she feared it may be cancer and referred me to a gyn/oncologist who specializes in doing this type of surgery since they have to take your lymph nodes for testing. Would have cancelled the reg gyn appointment but it was too late. Once she found out I had non-stop bleeding, she insisted on doing a biopsy. It was discovered that I had atypical hyperplasia. I didn't think much of the non-stop bleeding since I have difficult periods, if I miss a month, it will make it up next month. I was on Lupron for a year and thought this was just a way for it to "make it up".

Now I'm looking for a replacement for my current gyn/oncologist because I definitely will not be going for my 3 month checkup.
Unread 07-15-2007, 06:54 PM
Interviewing a new doctor for follow-up care

Oh, I see you had a gyn/oncologist. Try a doctor referral in your hometown or out of town. Make sure you have all of the doctor's notes for the new doctor to read.....
Good luck....sending positive thoughts to you!!!

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