I'd been referred to a pulmonologist for possible sleep apnea. While I realize he makes his living off of people who cannot breathe I was a bit surprised at his rude lack of understanding of my other medical conditions, especially since it was the doctor treating those conditions whom referred me to this guy. Now we all know I can't remember things well so I know this is not an exact quote but without a tape recorder it is dang close: He seemed to chastise me for being on so many medications & having so many different diagnosis. He then got after me about "why do you have such low iron levels?" Well how would I know- I can't afford to eat steak & spinach every night what can I say. He then went on to thoroughly try to pry out of me information about my menstrual cycle, as to whether it was heavy - as a possible reason for low iron. He then set everything aside, pulled his stool closer to me & said, "I would never let anyone diagnose me with fibromyalgia! You show me someone with fibromyalgia & I'll show you someone with sleep apnea" He said from my other information & exam it looked as though I may have mild to moderate sleep apnea. I'll be scheduled for a test & possibly a nap test the following day as well as soon as possible. They will call me to let me know when that is. He did give me nasal spray & a prescription for it since my nose is always either runny or stuffy. So I guess this way he gets to bill me for an office visit in addition to this stupid sleep study thing which out of pocket is like $1,300.00 Yeah, no problem there doc. I thought he was offensive but maybe that's just me, what is your opinion? I mean, how can he refute an illness which is just now gaining acceptance after 15 or more years?! GRRRR.
Published On: February 26, 2008