What is it with doctors these days? I started seeing a doctor in a well-known facility in 2005. Now, I am the type of person who only goes to the doctor when there is something wrong. So, I went to the doctor because I was ill. They ran blood tests, asked me when the last time I had my cholesterol checked, etc., etc. Now remember, I just went in because I was not feeling well, not to have my cholesterol, blood glucose, A1C and all that other stuff checked out. Well, the bloods tests came back fine. So then they put me on the merry-go-round of coming back every 6 months for a check up and blood work (this is how they get you hooked).
So, a few years down the road they start checking my A1C and put me on a low dose of a blood pressure medication and need to do blood work every 3 months. So now, I have to return every 90 days to get the blood work done. I went on like that for a couple of years and just last summer the doctor said that my A1C was elevated and that she wanted me to start taking Metformin, a drug for diabetics that will aid in weight loss. But, she said, that since Metformin causes gastric upset (I supposedly have IBS too), she would like me to start a daily injection of another drug that would have the same effect, but would not cause the gastric upset. She also tried to place me on a cholesterol medication for an LDL of 89!!!
I had had enough! I went to another family physician for a second opinion and I am glad that I did. He checked my lab results that I had brought from the other doctor’s office and took me off the cholesterol medication, and said I did not need the diabetes drug. Do all doctor’s do this with medications and tests? Are they allowed to run rampant and order any test that they want and put you on drugs you clearly do not need? I think that the AMA should monitor these so-called “doctors” a little more closely.