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Deciphering Doctor talk

Nov 19, 2015 8:25 PM

I spend countless hours researching because doctors like to talk in circles. They tell you what you have but don't tell you what is a diagnosis and what is more or less a symptom. I literally made a list of the 8 main things they have told me is wrong with my spine and almost all have arrows to something else.

Example: I have IDD then they tell me I have multiple herniated discs...Same thing. DDD....arthritis so why tell someone they have arthritis of the spine and facet joints why not leave it at DDD? My favorite is spondylosis which is not a diagnosis so much as a descriptive term for pain due to DDD, arthritis, spinal stenosis and so on.

Is anyone else getting this circle of talk not specific to my condition but any? Am I just not communicating right with my doctors? I have a great PCP so I don't need to fire her 😄

Nov 19, 2015 8:38 PM

Very normal majority of the doctors to go in circles and not even know what the hell is going on

Nov 19, 2015 8:42 PM

Oh yeah, I get the same cycle of medical mumbo-jumbo weekly, especially from my ortho. I think it might be time to fire his ass already. Like you, my PCP is great, but certain others leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Nov 19, 2015 9:59 PM

I can't say for sure, but the string of diagnoses sometimes is just their thought process, especially if your symptoms for multiple diagnoses, tests aren't conclusive, and many potential diagnoses are differential (yay for untestable,not -_-)

Nov 19, 2015 10:03 PM

Most of my docs only say nothing of importance, or nothing to be concerned about, or no changes since last time. I see it in their notes and test results, which 95% of the time they failed to tell me what the results did show. 🙏🌼

Nov 19, 2015 10:19 PM

I see what you !mean. Ibe actually got a hematology Dr who does the circle talk but then he will come back and do straight talk. He makes sure u know and understand what u have. He will even do both talks at once.. Lol.. He will say you not gonna get this.. And then he will ra!be off some big word or a long series of words.. And he will explain that is his doctor talk. But then he will! Go back and explain in layman's terms what he means.. I love him he is very through..

Nov 19, 2015 10:44 PM

New, my pain management and gyn are the same way. Even though I do have some medical training(was a CNA), I still do appreciate it in lay mans terms.

Nov 19, 2015 11:13 PM

I have memory issues as well as all the other crap, I have to use my smart phone to take notes during appointments and make a list of questions for upcoming visits. That's the best way I have found to cope, that and saying "can you give me that in English?" 🙃

Nov 20, 2015 11:41 PM

Amanda I hear you I hold a medical terminology certificate but when it is about me it is different not to mention my memory issues.

If I asked all my questions I could be in the doctors office all day. Like with my children I pick my battles. I feel when I ask for a simpler definition I am only given a sampling not in its entirety which still leaves me looking it up.

Nov 21, 2015 12:12 AM

Maybe I'm lucky because if ask my doc prints off info for me, but I never leave without the same notes the ins. Co gets

Nov 21, 2015 6:52 AM

@Sham, yes. Agreed. I try to limit it to 1 or 2 questions if I have them.

Nov 21, 2015 9:12 AM

I used to have this problem now I just say what the hell did u just say and put it in English so I can understand what I have

Nov 21, 2015 9:17 AM

Having a medical background from working with the health insurance companies and also with my own health issues, I can usually speak to the doctor in his lingo. I've been asked in doctor's offices and hospitals if I am a doctor or a nurse. I really think they do need to speak to patients in lay men's terms so that the patient can leave informed and not confused. Maybe some of the doctors on this app for professionals will see this and make some changes. They really need to. If you're not sure, ASK!! If you're still unsure make him/her explain it until you do. It's your body and your health.. You have every right to be fully informed and not confused.🌻🙏🏻

Nov 21, 2015 9:27 AM

It is not so much not being told it is more like the old just tell them what they need to know. 90 percent I get. I just don't get why give someone diagnosis and a descriptive term making it sound like another diagnosis? I go to so many doctors, it is not my PCP she spends a lot of time talking to me it seems to be the specialists who don't spend the time, who rush in and out.

Nov 21, 2015 9:33 AM

I hear exactly what you're saying. It certainly does make it seem like you're being given one diagnosis and then upon explanation, you feel like they're telling you that you have something different. It really is a pain in the ass!! You're correct, in my experience the specialist is the one that seems to run in and out and barely gives you the time of day. 🌻🙏🏻

Nov 21, 2015 10:32 AM

Here is the problem with Drs. They have either forgotten how to talk to regular people, or they think that people have learned enough to understand what they are saying. If you feel they are giving you the run around and not giving you straight answers, tell them you don't speak Dr. Or just ask them to " give it to you in lay terms" , and use pictures if necessary. But get your answers at all costs. I'm always here if you need a definition for something.

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