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View Poll Results: How do you feel about your current doctor?
Love him/her. 16 48.48%
Hate him/her. 0 0%
They're nice but don't listen. 4 12.12%
All they do is tell me to take more pills. 7 21.21%
They treat me like an idiot. 3 9.09%
They think they know how I feel better than I do. 3 9.09%
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Old 05-13-2015, 01:21 PM
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I was reading the posts and it dawned on me, Matthew, that you started this thread
3-01-2014. Threads have a way of coming back because they are good threads. This is one of them.

I like my doctors. They gave me some news this past week and I am trying to deal with it. My Gynecologist is a Mid-wife, that's how outdated the town I live in is.

But she is the one who found out what is wrong with me. I have been complaining to my neurologist and my general doctor.

I have had many doctor's over the years. The one I liked the best was my neurologist who died in a car accident. He took me off of Tegretol before I knew I had developed an allergy to it. He was young when he died. It was sad.
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Ruth, you're right about good threads hanging around for a long time.

I responded to this thread a long time ago when I was happy with my neurologist. My how quickly things change. I quit seeing her because when I called and told the nurse practitioner that something was wrong she didn't listen to me. I was having lots of simple partials and finally home doing a complies partial that scared the pants off my husband.

I ended up switching to an epileptologist who was supposed to be the best in the state but she's so busy I don't feel I really get the care or attention I need. It took months to get in to see her and I don't relish the idea of starting over with a new doctor. Any specialist is located quite a distance from me so my husband has to drive which means a day off work. He's used all his time off taking me to the doctor. We've decided to give this doctor some time and see how I do with the med changes. Luckily, my internist is an absolute jewel!

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Good threads keep coming back.

That's because our circumtances and doctor's change. Maybe the doctor has changed their attitude towards us and maybe vice versa.

You can find all of the threads in the Epilepsy Forum. All of them are in the room that was chosen at the time. There are a lot on Keppra.

This one is about doctor's.

I am glad that you love your internist.
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Neutral (there is no such answer in the poll.) We do see my son's neurologist twice a year combined with a dietician and paediatric appointment for his 6 monthly ketogenic check ups. He needs to consult the neurologist because otherwise he can't consult the keto dietician at the academic children's hospital. But because he is not on any anti epileptic drugs these consults are rather useless to us. He allways does his best to give us some kind of useful advice f.i. about not drinking enough or taking his supplements in an easier way. But doing so he assumed twice wrongly my son has a mick key button for tube feeding ("Sorry for my mistake but 90% of 'these children' do have one...") But he is a nice man.
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Over on the Epilepsy Talk website this morning they had this post. It's a list of all the good neurologists as compiled by readers:

http://epilepsytalk.com/2016/01/03/2...atric-doctors/

My new neurologist made the list (the only one on it from Hawaii) and I agree. Very knowledgable, not a pill pusher, and also a really nice person.
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Originally Posted by AlohaBird View Post:
Over on the Epilepsy Talk website this morning they had this post. It's a list of all the good neurologists as compiled by readers:

http://epilepsytalk.com/2016/01/03/2...atric-doctors/

My new neurologist made the list (the only one on it from Hawaii) and I agree. Very knowledgable, not a pill pusher, and also a really nice person.
Phylis started a list here too. I like the idea of lists that review doctors & specialists but I don't think they're useful unless we say why we like/dislike them since what one person likes in a doctor might be what another person dislikes & vice/versa.
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Let's see.

What I want in a doctor:

Someone who knows his/her stuff
Someone who is available if needed
Someone who explains things clearly
Someone who listens and makes my priorities the ones that matter
Generally a nice person

I would think that is pretty standard. It would be nice to have areas of specialization listed such as pediatric epilepsy or non-pharmaceutical interventions.


Phyllis posts here too? I didn't know that. I really like her and her site.
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Originally Posted by AlohaBird View Post:
Let's see.

What I want in a doctor:

Someone who knows his/her stuff
Someone who is available if needed
Someone who explains things clearly
Someone who listens and makes my priorities the ones that matter
Generally a nice person

I would think that is pretty standard. It would be nice to have areas of specialization listed such as pediatric epilepsy or non-pharmaceutical interventions.


Phyllis posts here too? I didn't know that. I really like her and her site.
I have to agree that those are great qualities that doctors should have and that we would all want but we all perceive things differently. A doctor might get straight to the point without wasting time and use medical jargon to be specific when describing things. One person can see them as very knowledgeable & professional while someone else can see the same doctor as cold, impersonal and uses big words to be condescending. We all perceive things differently & saying why we see a doctor a certain way lets others apply that to their own personal preferences.
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True, perceptions and opinions can differ and sometimes two personalities just don't get along for whatever reason.

It's like reading the reviews of a product on Amazon. Someone who is short complains about the dress being too long but for me (at 5'10") that is a plus.

Phyllis' list is composed of doctors that readers raved about. I tend to give more weight to positive reviews than negative ones. Some people just like to gripe and will find a reason, any reason, to do so. But if someone takes the time to write a positive review that carries more weight with me because there is no ax grinding going on.
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I wouldn't trade my current neurologist for anything in the world;and he listens to me and doesn't try to get me to go on drugs when I say no.I've seen this guy for 25 years. I'm refractory and he's done everything in his power to get me controlled.
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I had what I hope is my final appointment with my doctor about a month ago. I had seen him only a few times, he was assigned to me after my precious doctor left that practice. The practice it self is now relocating a little further away and I am trying to get a new referall. I would say this doctor is competent , but has no personal skills and seems to want to push you out of the office for the next appointment. He has increased the dose age of my meds and prescribed a new one without explaining side effects, some of which I have heard of from people here. He also spent a good deal of time reading a list of things I shouldn't do to try and protect him self from liability.
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