Dallas Chiropractic Neurologist Comments:
Why don't doctors ever EXPLAIN your test results? I get a yearly physical and bloodwork and about a week later I get a postcard that says "Your lab tests were normal." Really? That's all I get?
Of course, on the other hand, even when a test is abnormal most doctors do very little to actually explain the results to you. Probably twenty times a week I have to explain to someone the results of tests that I didn't order because no one has ever gone over them.
I don't mind doing this at all. I mean, knowledge is power and I have the kind of practice where I can give enough personal time to do this service. Just the other day I had to go over a lady's MRI report for her knee --before she came into the office---and explain to her that she didn't have "torn" ligaments (as she had been told by her doctor's office.) The report didn't even mention the word "torn".
This happens all the time. And it really irritates me.
Why can 't doctors speak in terms you can understand AND still tell the anatomic truth? I've lost count how many times someone has told me they have 'herniated' discs or 'ruptured' discs when---in fact--they have a mildly bulging disc. HUGE DIFFERENCE. They're not the same thing. At all.
Chiropractors aren't innocent either. The "pinched nerve" everyone thinks they have is actually really really rare. And we chiropractors have certainly told way too many people that they have a "pinched nerve" when they don't. Just because it's easier to explain.
Keep in mind I see a lot of really chronic, really sick people who've already been to a bunch of doctors--people with peripheral neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, polycystic ovaries, female hormone problems, autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hepatitis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, so I get to see a lot of old labs and tests. So I see this stuff everyday.
But come on, it's not that hard to take a few extra minutes and explain to someone ACCURATELY what's going on. Unless the doctor doesn't really know so he/she just kind of "wings it."
I guess that's it: doctors dont' have enough time, don't think you would/could understand, or don't really know what's going on and don't want to admit it.
I feel very fortunate that I have the time to explain. And I know you're capable of understanding even complex neurological, endocrine, and immune system topics as long as I take the time to explain it to you. And last, if I don't know the answer to a question or I'm not sure about something--I WILL TELL YOU. What's the point of covering up?
I think its criminal NOT to try to help you understand whats' going on without dumbing it down to the point where its not accurate anymore. It really just confuses other doctors you go to in the future and wastes a lot of time.
And don't get me started on bloodwork results...
Next time, I'll explain why your "normal" lab results are probably actually full of problems that need to be taken care of now (I'll probably get a lot of hate mail for it...but I'm going to do it anyway).