Fay A. Posted December 18, 2004 Share Posted December 18, 2004 My case has not been a straight forward experience. During my first surgeries there were errors in pathology and failures to remove tumor that led to erroneous staging and improper treatment recommendations. There were failures to provide referrals for treatments, and failures to provide referrals for second opinions. It was, and still is to some degree, a battle to get the help I need(ed.) And because I did continue to fight for myself, and ask questions-especially if things were not going as it seemed they should-, and because I did go to other Physicians looking for answers and assistance I have been labled a "...difficult patient..." and told at one point I was "Doctor Shopping". This lable follows me where ever I go and when ever I meet with another physician. And just to be clear, I wasn't looking for pain meds. I use them only when I absolutely must. How can I overcome this negative label? I am not the one who made the pathology errors. I am not the one who left behind malignant tumors that resulted in another Thoracotomy. I am not the one who failed to identify or treat a Pseudnomas Infection. I am not the one who-in the midst of a Clinical Trial-changed the resolution of the required follow up CT scans which resulted in erroneous reports on disease status. All I did was ask questions and push for correct answers.. And I need(ed) correct answers because I could not (cannot) make good decisions with bad information. Now I can't get a straight answer if my life depended upon it..which it does. I'm not the bad guy here..... I have accepted that I probably will have to go elsewhere for treatment, but having gone "elsewhere" a few times already, what is the best way for me to present my side of this? It took a while for me learn that in addition to sending copies of my records to the new providers, someone in the employ of my past providers was also doing a little character assassination. Do you have any idea of how disheartening that was(is)? I am not the only one who has gone through this. And your objective recommendations on how to deal with this issue will be appreciated. If you have an appointment with a patient, and the medical records do not provide correct information, or the information in the records is misleading-and the patient can provide documentation that the information you have received is erroneous or questionable-how can the patient best present this to you? Thanking you in advance for your help with this. I know this is a tough one. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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