My first dear MS doctor died several years ago and I didn't feel the need to find another one until the oral meds came out. The new neurologist was said to be one of the "best" in treating MS. First visit went ok but he definitely was not "warm and fuzzy", something I've learned not to expect from many neurologists (my dear deceased dr. being the exception). My follow up visit the next month was a disaster. He did not show me the results of my MRI and when I ask him why he had ordered a CAT scan of my chest he acted insulted that I had questioned him about it. He finally told me he was trying to rule out a lung condition that mimics MS. He put me on Aubagio. When I asked if this would help relieve the debilitating fatigue I was experiencing he said that it would only slow the progression of the my MS. Fatigue is my main problem, the other symptoms I experience come and go and I have learned to live with them. He ordered Vyvase for me, but my insurance wouldn't pay for it unless ADD was added to my diagnosis. I have had ADD since I was in school and I am 63 now. I ask him to do this, and he accused me of wanting him to commit fraud. He said that I didn't have ADD but was bipolar and I needed to see a psychiatrist. I told I had already seen several and had been diagnosed as bipolar and with ADD. I was feeling so frustrated that I started to cry. He stood up, came over to me, leaned down and shouted, "STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT!" I was so shocked I almost started laughing because I thought he was joking. He wasn't. The rest of the visit was spent with his back to me writing in my folder. I was determined to salvage the visit and try to learn something useful from him as I had driven over 90 miles to his office. He told me I was manic at that moment. I know when I am manic, and if I was anything at the time, it was depressed. I had never been talked to like that by a doctor. He acted like I was a criminal for being bipolar. He ordered Clorazapem to help me sleep. He said it would "turn my brain off ". I don't want my brain turned off. I just want to relax enough to sleep. He is convinced that is why I am fatigued...my sleep habits aren't what he thinks they should be. I have always been a night owl and love to stay up late. I also sleep late, but I get at least 8 hrs. of sleep every 24 hours. Anyway, I felt he didn't like me and didn't feel he could help me so he blamed everything on the chemical imbalance in my brain. I knew this already, but had never been made to feel so bad about it. He told the receptionist to schedule me another appointment in 4 months. Needless to say, I will cancel it. Even if a doctor can't help you, they shouldn't make you feel like it is your fault. I honestly think this doctor has something against bipolar patients. To end the appointment he told me I wasn't going blind, I wasn't cripple, so to quit worrying about my MS. I don't worry about it, most of the time. Fatigue is the only really bad symptom I have and he refused to give me any help for it, even though that is the main reason I went to see him. I know it isn't required that a doctor "like" all his patients, but this doctor was unprofessional, insulting, rude and just plain mean. I cried almost all the way home until I realized I was letting his bullying upset me. I refuse to do that any longer, but it still feels good to vent about his conduct. I hope no one else has to experience anything similar from this or any other doctor. A visit to the doctor should make us feel better and give us hope, not make us feel worse and hopeless.View Thread
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