While I will not give names of anyone in this article, I will give some detail to the experiences I have had via certain medical professionals. So, this article is regarding SOME doctors; PCPs and Specialists who use bureaucracy among themselves, to prevent any of them within their established circles to have their practices harmed by patients, even to the smallest degree. The opioid crises for example, was the fault of both patients and doctors but was the eager false news press, ready to make the “crises” sound as if it affected most patients? Is this true? I’ve known lots of family and friends who’ve had painful medical conditions going years back, but their doctors never prescribed them opioids but rather over-the-counter extra-strength Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Sometimes, giving myself as an example, a medication such as Gabapentin (a nerve signal blocker for pain, seizures, etc.) is prescribed for diabetic nerve pain but this medication is not in the narcotic category. We’ll have to see if they place more and more medications on the abuse list, including those for muscle cramps/spasms (Muscle Relaxers).

Unfortunately, many doctors consider you an addict until proven not to be one. Dependency is not the same as addiction. With dependency, you can need a medication badly enough that stopping it, even by weaning-off slowly, can be deadly (e.g. hypertensive and heart medications). I only state this for example purposes; there are many others. As most readers understand, 2nd opinions are commonplace among medical patients, however, some doctors upon hearing you’ve gone to another doctor, act as if you are a cheating spouse. The reason this is not an exaggeration is because I had a doctor dismiss/fire me for getting a second opinion from another doctor. I also had the staff of this doctor’s office to state she would be calling this other doctor to confirm certain things I had stated were done at his office (things she had heard from other patients). After hanging up, I called back telling her not to further burn bridges I had with my other doctors, including my Primary Care Physician. I also said that I would be calling the Board of Medical Licensure or Medicare’s complaint division, if this did not end with the simple dismissal of me by this doctor for my getting a second opinion.

In ending this article, let me state a very important statistic. An average of 50% (that's half - look it up) of doctors are burnt-out and begin to resent/dread seeing patients. This is not a doctors-only produced problem or their fault only. While bad medical practice is the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA (also do online search regarding this), part of the problem is a doctor and/or health care quality staff shortage (likely both). The problem of burn out is so severe that doctor suicides have increased in frequency. Congressman Bernie Sanders stated several years ago; “Burnout among physicians is a pervasive problem that can lead to major medical errors. Solutions... allow doctors to focus primarily on their patients as opposed to administrative work"

Author's Bio: 

In 2003 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism; "Hashimoto's thyroiditis" being the cause. This autoimmune form of thyroid disease that causes destruction of the thyroid gland resulted in my also developing "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome", due to a compromised immune system with severe co-morbid "Adrenal Fatigue". I also suffered severe anxiety symptoms, including panic attacks early into the onset of Hashimoto's thyroiditis (Hashitoxicosis). A common heart murmur I was diagnosed with in my teens called "Mitral Valve Prolapse", also worsened in severity of symptoms, with the development of these other health disorders. My eventual receiving of a diagnosis was a difficult process with proper diagnostic testing not being ordered by the first doctors I sought treatment from. These types of issues were inspiration for me to become proactive in my own health care and to self-educate myself on these health disorders, which I have done extensively since 2003. I now enjoy sharing this information with other patients experiencing my same health disorders. In adding to my list of health disorders, I also now have Coronary Artery Disease - mild to moderate (3 arteries), left-side heart enlargement and COPD/Restrictive lung diseases.