Subtitle: Run Forrest, Run!
Describe the approach you think is best when it’s time to move on to a new doctor
If you haven’t had much time vested in a doctor, then I think it’s fine to make a clean break without any explanation. This was the case for me when I had to find a new primary care physician after my long term doctor moved. I didn’t care for his replacement. She missed the mark with my thyroid as well as a few other things. As I’d only seen her twice, I simply found someone else. My new pcp has gone above and beyond in helping me find a wonderful endocronologist.
Another time however, I had six months of trying to work with a neurologist. Near the end of that time, Dr. N told me she could not prescribe pain medications or triptans because no other preventitive medications had worked and that maybe I should look into Botox injections. Dr. N did have me try Verapramil as a last resort, and we scheduled a follow-up appointment in a month’s time.
After two weeks, I knew the Verapramil wasn’t cutting it, and that I needed to cut ties with her. However, we had left Botox up for discussion. I wasn’t ready to take that step two years ago nor did my insurance cover it at the time. So I wrote her a note thanking her for trying to help me, letting her know the Veraprimil wasn’t working, and suggesting I might reconsider Botox in the future.
I am now seeing her colleague in the same office for Botox treatments (another dashed hope for me, I’m afraid). Dr. N doesn’t do Botox injections so it’s not awkward for me. I’m glad I didn’t burn any bridges with her or the office since I’m back two years later. Therefore, I really think it depends on the situation to determine how you will move on from a doctor.
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