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21 July 2010 @ 03:34 am
Letter From A Doctor  
A Doctor Writes A Letter To Chronic Pain Patients.

The comments hold a wealth of information as well, as patients discuss what Dr. Rob has written and he responds. Dr. Rob's post mentions many aspects of my own interactions with doctors that I had already figured out so it was validating.

Personally, I think this is a dialog that is so overdue that we ought to have a forum devoted to it.

ETA: One person thought so highly of this letter that she got permission to translate and post it in German: http://www.cfs-aktuell.de/august10_1.htm
Christinekisekileia on July 21st, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
Posted on my med student sister's Facebook wall.
Tapatitapati on July 22nd, 2010 12:16 pm (UTC)
Good! I think this--and it's comments from patients--needs to get around.
Tapatitapati on July 22nd, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Don't miss this comment
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Tapatitapati on July 22nd, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
It bothered a lot of people, apparently, and so he's written again and tried to clarify one point:

Some folks felt that I was saying that doctors need their egos stroked and to be treated special, but that is not what I meant to say. Each person needs to be understood and treated as their situation dictates. People with chronic illness want to be understood (as witnessed by the incredible response to my letter!) and treated based on that understanding. Doctors want to be understood as well.

I'm willing to meet docs halfway but I'm not willing to do all the work. It's good that he's started a dialog. Maybe if a lot of doctors and patients read it we can all arrive at a better system that works for us all.

(I write as I'm home, exhausted, from another doctor's appointment.)