Well, not fighting, but they are having major disagreements. And the disagreement is about which direction to take in my plan of care.
So where does that leave me?
As you already know if you know me, I took a nasty spill really injured my knee. Now, it has led to some major complications with my knee, back and leg.
Right now, I have two orthopedic surgeons, a physical therapist and a rehabilitation doctor monitoring my condition. Hectic doesn’t begin to describe it. Meanwhile, all of these providers have an opinion about what is going on with me, as well as my plan of treatment.
One orthopedic surgeon has no idea of how to proceed of why I continue to have pain after surgery. The other orthopedic surgeon (thank goodness for second opinions!) says that I may have damage that no one has found or discussed with me before. The rehabilitation doctor says that he is about my hip, back and thigh. And the physical therapist has thrown her hand up concerning the other three providers. She is the one that sees me several times per week, so she feels her opinion is one the doctors should consider.
I feel caught in the middle – literally. This becomes a dilemma for me, as it would for any patient.
Now, all of these healthcare providers are smart. I don’t take anything away from them. But I am smart to, however I am at a loss as to which way to go.
Side note: I am a healthcare advocate, and I still have a difficult time with navigating healthcare at times, even though I know my way around very well. What about the people that don’t know their way around? What must they be feeling?
Why do healthcare providers disagree?
Healthcare providers are people too. Some know more and have more experience than others. Some are aggressive with treatment, while others take a more laid-back approach. Differences in a healthcare provider’s knowledge experience and practice methods vary widely. That is why you must find a provider that closely mirrors how you would like to handle treatment for your conditions. Make sure that the provider you choose listens and has a complete background on you. Healthcare providers, like all people, are different which leads to different approaches to care.
But what to do when your healthcare providers disagree?
I will give you some practical avenues to take in my next post. They take effort, but isn’t your health and healthcare worth it? I think so.
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Yours in health,
Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ a.k.a. Healthebooklady